Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We have drywall... but no place to exercise.

Sorry, loyal followers, if you're getting sick and tired of all our new house updates, but it's just such an exciting process for us, especially as we get closer and closer to the end.

We stopped by the house on New Year's Day, but were sad to find out that nothing had been done since the last time we were there. But so the trip wasn't a total wash, we headed up into town to check out Ridge Fitness. Blech. What a horrible gym. Small, dark, and empty, except for a few random souls plodding diligently along on the treadmills. A sad assortment of weight and cardio equipment, a lot of which faced nothing but blank walls. A tiny group fitness room that gave me immediate claustrophobia. And the whole thing is under renovation to make the space even smaller and cram everything together more. "Well," we thought, "at least it will be cheap." Not so much. Memberships are almost the same amount that we are paying at the L.A. Fitness Signature Club in Ballard! (Where we have a pool, basketball and racquetball courts, a huge group fitness room with tons of classes, and two floors of more equipment than you could ever use. All of which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows letting in lots of light). Going to the gym is a constant struggle for me, and I know that if Ridge Fitness is my workout option I will never exercise again. So next we're off to check out Gold's Gym in Issaquah to see if it's a better situation. If so, the extra 10 minute drive will definitely be worth it.

In any case, besides being thoroughly discouraged by the gym in our new neighborhood, we didn't get much accomplished that day. But when Stew drove up this morning to check things out, we had some progress... drywall! Stewart couldn't believe how fast they were slapping it up, and I was so excited as photos started arriving on my phone. It's starting to look like a real house!!

Yucky day outside, but you can see we have siding now...
(the houses won't both be yellow, BTW - that's just primer)

Kitchen... looking pretty small right now but they said we would feel that way at this stage...

Laundry Room.

I guess those were the rooms that had the most finished, which is why Stew took pictures of them. But the guys were working lickity split and the rest of the walls were going up insanely fast, so I'm sure the next time we visit everything will be much more complete. We're still waiting for our confirmed closing date and expect to have that any day now.

And we've had some developments with the condo sale but I don't want to jinx anything by writing about it here, so you'll have to wait a little while longer for an update on that.

If anyone has opinions on gyms near our new house, please share them with us!


  1. It will be pretty hard to compare to LA Fitness. There is no replacement for Weaver! I haven't been to a gym since we moved which was almost a year and a half ago. And it shows...

  2. Yay! Looks fantastic! Isn't there a 24 Hour in Issaquah too? Not sure if it's nice or not, but maybe worth a check out?

  3. The Gold's in Issaquah is awesome. Especially their cardio cinema. It'll totally be worth the extra drive time!

  4. how exciting!!! I always thought it would be so fun to build! Since we moved into our new house, I've been working out at home. I hated working out at our old house so a gym membership was a must, but they new house has a good space for it... so maybe that's another option? You'll make it work, one way or another!


  5. it is coming together and the photo of your house makes it looks like it is cold there!!

  6. house looks good! Is there a community center nearby or ymca? those are pretty good and cheap! We have a couple of crappy gyms in our town but it's really cheap for a ymca membership, and it includes admission to the community pool and you can do jazzercise,etc. OR look into a dance class or something, sometimes they are better deals than gym memberships too!

  7. It's all coming together! And yay for Gold's Gym! I go to the one in Redmond :)
    xo TJ

  8. Ugh, that gym sounds horrible! It's always so exciting when the drywall goes up, it really does start to feel like a real house!

  9. LA Fitnesses are hard to beat - especially the newer ones.

    The house looks great guys!

  10. That is exciting minus the super creepy gym! Speaking of gyms- do you like LA fitness? we have a gym in our building but I would love to join one and have been debating checking that out!

  11. Your house is coming together! It looks great! That's a bummer about the gym. I hope you have better luck at Gold's.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about the not-so-great gym, but it's so cool to see the siding on your house. I think it looks fine that way, but then painting over it would be a good idea. The paint would help protect the siding from the weather too.

    - Rodney O. -

  13. It's really too bad that you couldn't use a gym closer to you. In happier news, it's so great to see your house have siding up already. It's really all coming together already, isn't it? I don't blame you for blogging a lot about the construction of your house. It's a big deal and a very exciting process, after all.

    -- Lorilee Sigler


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