Just look at these pix:
This is the Great Room (that is what we have decided to call the main floor which houses the kitchen, living room, dining room and staircase up to the Master Suite). The plywood floor is down, the kitchen floor is tiled and all the windows and doors have been trimmed out.
Take note of that last item: doors. That door over there on the right is new! It is the entrance from the entry structure into the upper two floors of the house. My idea!! This has the added benefit of trapping heat in the great room and upper floors so that winterizing is cheaper and/or winter renters can just dwell in those upper spaces and skip the chilly bottom.
This is the view from the upper landing in the entry structure (door slides into the wall at left):
And here is the view of the inside of the entry structure seen from the upper landing outside the Great Room. The new thing here is the three big beams you see which intersect just above center (not the ugly 2"x8"s in the foreground in the lower center - those are just safety rails until we get a real railing installed). These beams replace a bunch of ugly framing elements that would have required sheetrocking over them. We used 4"x11" rough cut maple beams so, in addition to being big and cool looking, they are a lovely wood. This is one choice I think definitely improves resale value - good use of local lumber. We can market that the way folks do: Features Locally grown sustainable hardwoods! YEAH!!
And looky looky!!! Big update in the Master Bath. The shower glass is installed!! We finally have a complete shower enclosure! It is pretty exciting. We still need the fixtures to be installed, but the glass looks amazing. The shower is the nicest (and most expensive) room in the house -- way nicer than any bathroom in our place and nicer than any bathroom we expect to have in a house we live in anytime soon (maybe once we rent/sell this place we will be able to afford a nice bathroom of our own). Note also that the bathroom door has also been installed.
Here is the view of the bathroom door from the Master Bedroom side:
Oh, and finally, the steps have been installed on the back deck. We are hoping that the inspector does not require us to install railings since it is such a short staircase.
Please don't ask what is left to do. There is a lot. Off the top of my head, we still have to do the following: The main staircase from the Great Room to the Master Suite needs to be completely re-built. The staircases in the entry structure need to be built since the ones we have in there now are just utility staircases for the construction period. We need all surfaces finished (painted or varnished). Plumbing fixtures need to be installed. A lot of electric boxes need to be finished so that fixtures can be hung. The floors need to be sanded and sealed. Closet doors are needed in the bedroom. We need a new hearthstone and we need to tile, stone or otherwise finish the fireplace surround and chimney. Oh, and did you notice that there is no kitchen in the kitchen (maybe we'll leave this for a buyer? but if we rent it first, we'll have to put in some basic kitchen stuff)? And that is just the stuff I can think of. So, there is a lot to do.
Oh, and there is also the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom which has not been touched for over a year and which we are just going to board up and leave for later. If we're selling, that's less important than if we're renting. Extra bedrooms is extra rentful magic.