Stanton pre-closing inspection

With closing supposed to be tomorrow, we had a final, professional, pre-closing inspection this morning – and a surprising number of issues were found, that we didn’t know about. Very worthwhile having this inspection!

Issues included broken roof tiles, missing eave / soffit pieces around the roof, non-working hot water, cracked tile grout, circuit breakers that don’t trip when tested, and even a vent fan that spews attic insulation (it’s supposed to be vented *through* the roof to outside but maybe it isn’t!). Other issues we already knew about, like a missing shower door, sunken pavers on the driveway, gaps on the stairway trim … To be fair to Jones Homes USA, the inspector did say that the home was basically well built with no major issues, so that’s good to hear!

For your “entertainment”, here’s some pictures that the inspector took:



Unsurprisingly, Jones Homes called to move closing to Friday – which is fine by us!


Stanton changes coming fast now!

The original crazily optimistic end-December closing date has flown by, and Jones Homes have a more realistic closing date next week – so meanwhile, loads of work is being done by loads of people (although the list of things that need fixing is getting longer, too!)

Outside, we’ve got a/c units, a screened pool/patio area, and garage door – as of our last visit power hadn’t been turned on, so we’ve not yet been able to test the heating / cooling, but at least it exists now. Upstairs the balcony has been tiled, and railings installed:


Indoors, most of the bathrooms have been tiled, including our master. Some of the fixtures are in too, though not all. The granite countertops are in too in the bathrooms and in the kitchen, although the island is still missing.


The hardwood flooring is down too, and the stair rails are installed and looking fabulous (the carpets were still missing as of this morning):


We do a pre-closing inspection on Friday, it’ll be interesting to see how long the “not done” list is then, and how well they do at sorting that list before closing in 9 days …


MTTS 2018 route starts in Florida!

MINI USA today announced the official route for MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2018. The legendary rally for MINI owners, which runs from July 14 – 22, will start from two separate locations on opposite sides of the country and meet in the middle for a weekend celebration of everything MINI. The starting cities will be Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore. The final destination is Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., approximately 75 miles west of downtown Denver. Once arriving at Keystone, MINI owners from both routes will have the weekend to trade stories, share their experiences, show off their MINI, explore the area on curated mountain drives, support our charity partner and enjoy fun activities planned by the MINI USA team.


I guess they want me to join in!


Christmas Eve ‘Gators

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive has been closed since Hurricane Irma because of dramatically raised water levels, washed out roads … but they’ve managed to open most of it now and we took a drive there this morning, looking for Alligators. Almost immediately we saw a cluster of cars stopped – and spotted what they’d seen, an impressive at least 12′ ‘Gator on the far bank!

After photographs, we continued the drive and paid attention to the lovely scenery, and many birds, for a while …

The Cormorant with the catfish was amusing – it didn’t appear to have any idea what to do next with it’s catch!

Throughout our drive, we kept spotting more ‘Gators – see if you can spot them in the overview picture I’ve included with some of the close-ups:


Happy Christmas, Everyone!

It’s beginning to look a lot like a home …

From the outside at least, our new home now has painted walls, completed stonework, driveway, and going in today plants and grass to finish the front view!

As you can see, the roof still isn’t ready – and inside while the walls have been painted and the interior doors installed, there’s no kitchen (cabinets, countertops, appliances), no bathrooms (cabinets, plumbing fixtures, tiling), no flooring, no electrical fittings, no … the list is quite long!


Covering the walls at Stanton Estates

Over the last week there’s been more progress at our new home – the walls have been “covered” both outside and inside! Outside there’s now stucco on all the walls, and inside (finishing off when we visited today) there’s sheetrock / drywall that makes it easy to see the sizes of rooms – no more peering through the framing!

Also today, the travertine tiles were being laid around the pool.

What’s left? Outside, the roof tiles need to be placed, then it’s mostly just painting – and stonework at the front. Of course there’s also all the landscaping. Indoors, the list is much longer, with tiling the bathrooms, installing cabinets especially in the kitchen; flooring, painting, and so much more …