It’s been a very busy couple of weeks at our Newfield home site, with major progress on a number of fronts:

  • The 2 story living and dining areas have been painted.  In the case of the ceiling, it’s been painted 4 times!  Jim, who works for Matt, wouldn’t give up until he got it right.  It was quite challenging between paint quality issues and the 16-foot high ceiling.  After we abandoned the problematic Sherwin-Williams paint and went to Benjamin Moore, things went much more smoothly.  We’re Benjamin Moore converts after trying it ourselves for walls and trim painting over the weekend.
  • Our Silestone quartz kitchen counter tops are installed.  We love it.  We worked with Tim Warren of Ferrara Lumber in Seneca Falls to make it happen; he was a pleasure to work with and we’re fans of Ferrara Lumber now.  The fabrication and installation was done by Roma Tile & Marble of Syracuse–they did a very nice job.
  • Our house is now heated with a geothermal system!  The guys from Meadowlands Geothermal of Binghamton installed the heat pump yesterday, filled the ground loops and fired it up.  We just have a little duct work left and the system will be complete.  They also installed a GeoSpring hybrid heat pump hot water heater.  We’re hoping for substantial energy savings for our hot water now too.  The house is very comfortable as the system quietly keeps everything at a steady temperature.  We’re very excited to see how this works for us over the year for heating and air conditioning.
  • Lori and I are busy painting in our spare time, trying to keep ahead of Matt and Jim as they work through the final stages of finishing the house.  They’re busy doing trim work at the moment but will shortly begin our bamboo floor install.