Monday, February 28, 2011

We're In!

After weeks of counting down, we finally got our key and opened the door to our new abode on February 16th. At 10:30 am in true Swiss precision style.

Never mind that they were still caulking as we walked around.

The past two weeks have flown by at breakneck speed, and I've been unpacking and sorting like someone possessed. My closets (I may have mentioned how much I love them) are more or less organized. There are still rooms to be tackled, but things are taking shape.

The kitchen has been christened. Induction is a fantastic way to cook. Like gas, only without the gas. Me like.

Still not feeling my bathroom, but I covet my shower. It is huge and the raindance fixture is fab.

The boys love their rooms so much, we've barely seen them since we arrived. Silly me for thinking they'd actually miss sharing room with their brother.

My barrister father-in-law was here for a 24 hour stopover. He walked around, knocked on a few walls and declared the structure 'well built'. In case you wondered.

There are still a few things to be fixed:

The electrician has been so often, he almost feels like family. French speaking family.

The exterior garden is a mess of another dimension, but the diggers are there and progress should be made soon.

I have made some errors in terms of finishings (Judy wasn't here to help), but they are pretty small and I can live with them for now.

Now, all that's left is to take some pix. I'll be sure to do that just as soon as I find my camera...somewhere in the office, which I really need to organize stat.

Especially since Mike returns from Canada tomorrow and will be none too happy to see all the junk I'm storing on his desk.

And yet....we are IN. And it feels great!

Friday, February 11, 2011

They are cleaning the house!

Is this actually going to happen?

T - 5 days!

(Never mind that the kitchen people, the bathroom people, the electricians and the painters are STILL there...).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You lose some...but you win some, too!

We are at T - 6 days! Just stopped by to discuss placement of various bathroom fixtures. The house is crawling with people. Painters, electricians, bathroom people, kitchen people, outdoor people. I find it hard to believe that they will have time to clean the house for move-in next Wednesday, but my architect remains unflappable.

The Swiss sense of timing. I love it almost as much as I love their chocolate.

Last night, I went for a quick walkthrough on my own, just to take stock of what's there so far. I see lots of things that I like. I am happy with the floors. There's dark tile up and down the stairs, in the kitchen and living area, as well as the bathrooms. Wide plank hardwood in the bedrooms, the office and the dining room. We also installed hardwood in the basement rec room, exercise and movie rooms.

I am also really, really pleased with the boys' bathrooms. They are spectacular, if I do say so myself. Love how the tiles match the cabinetry. Lucky boys. The guest bathroom isn't quite done yet, but seeing as cabinetry is white, it's not going to be much of a surprise. Quite neutral, which at this point is good.

I am NOT that happy with our own bathroom, however. In fact, I am perturbed by quite a bit in it. I am going to try to live with it, but the size of the mirrors is all wrong. We had to make some last minute changes to the sinks, and that didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. I also feel like I may have crammed too much furniture into a small room.

Worse, however, is the discovery that the Swiss apparently still are keen users of nasty, evil flourescent bulbs, and I must have had a brain dead moment when I ordered my mirrors. In a sane moment, I would never, ever allow a flourescent light bulb to cross into my house. I hate it with a passion. I couldn't wait to get rid of it in Canada, so it pains me that flourescent lighting is back to haunt me here. Not to mention the fact that we paid thousands of dollars for these darn cabinets.

A plan B is in the works, but something tells me that our bathroom will be undergoing a renovation in a few years' time. That's the price you pay for rushing through the selection process, I guess.

On a good note, the rails and the glass on the stairs is everything I had hoped for. Modern, clean, and almost invisible. Gorgeous. My closets are beautiful, too. Custom made to fit perfectly.

And fortunately for me, no matter how much I mess up on the inside, I just have to step outside onto my huge terrace and glance up at the gorgeous Swiss Alps to know that everything is all right with the world.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Too Fast

My littlest boy is skiing in the French Alps today.

Without me.