Friday, April 18, 2014

Missing Something Friday (And Decisions)

Here I was, trying to find the "Finish The Sentence Friday" link-up, hoping for a prompt to take my mind off the decision on hand we have to make. Soon. But then I realized that Janine is somewhat taking the weekend off, so I'm here on my own and you all have to bear with yet another house post.

As I have already mentioned, on Wednesday evening, we've been handed over our house. Now it's up to us to organize the interior to be finished. Walls and ceilings must be finished, floors be put in. A walkway to our house as well as our parking spot must be paved.

Right now, our goal is despite two business holidays on Friday and Monday to give out the contract before we fly to the U.S. on Tuesday. We have two offers on hand:

1. Structured wallpaper on walls and ceilings, twice painted over.

2. Base coat and structured top coat on walls and ceilings with another coat of colored paint on the walls.

Option one is considerably more expensive than option two, but then again, we don't want to save money on the wrong corners here. Some people say that the structured paint is the way to go if you don't plan on changing colors every couple of years (which we don't), others say that it could look sloppy if the walls aren't 100% smooth.

The advantage of the wallpaper seems to be that it smoothes out some irregularities on the wall, but on the other hand, since the house is brand-new, tears could appear because of the house settling that is harder to repair than with structured paint. Plus it's easier to repair little ditches in the paint than in the wallpaper, which may be a selling point with the little ones.

I somehow feel as if we have our decision made, but somehow I still feel uncomfortable, especially since we'll have to say no to one contractor. And I hate disappointing people!  Another issue I may have to work on in the future!  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

House Update - It's Ours!!!

Unbelivable but true: Yesterday, we were finally officially handed over our house. There are still some minor things to be done, and we we're currently on the best way to hire a contractor to paint the interior before installing the floors. I can't believe that the moment of the move is coming so close!

In the meantime, a little review, brought to you by our general contractor:
1. The property before everything started; 2. The foundations; 3. The ground floor is complete; 4. The house is growing; 5. The entrance way; 6. The ceiling supports; 7. The staircase; 8. Our future bedroom; 9. Our HOUSE!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are You A Spy???

A few years ago, the U.S government has thought up another nice way to pester travelers and pull some money out of their pockets. This nice little piece of work is called ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and costs you $14,00 a pop. While it is not more than a medium nuisance for me, when it comes to involving our kids (who happen to be U.S. citizens!!), it's not too funny any more. So you could find me reading a few more or less inappropriate questions to Lily this evening, who's going to travel with her brand-new German passport for the first time:

Wouldn't you like to ask your 6-year old about STDs, drug abuse, being arrested or involved in espionage??

On the up-side: Lily has learned a new word.