Fenced in

Above … Ranserve today erected a temporary fence around the house. It’s a signal that framing is nearly complete and a new construction phase begins, focused on systems inside the house.

The team from Capstone, pulling wire.
The team from Capstone, pulling wire.

The electrical team from Capstone Electric is first to arrive, pulling spools of cable through the second floor, tracing the electrical plan to rough-in outlets and switches. Steve from Capstone, Ron from Ranserve, and Steven walked each room upstairs, talking through which switch in what location turns which light on or off, whether outlets should be 42 inches above the floor at the countertop planned for the utility room, how high on the wall the TV will be mounted in the loft with a corresponding outlet, where to put how many outlets at the vanity in the master bath, which ceiling cans are actually integrated units that include LED lighting and ventilation for the bathrooms — item by item, detail by detail, getting it right with the walls open …

Steve from Capstone writes down on the studs exactly which switch controls which run of track lighting planned for the model train room -- north/south gets one switch, and east/west gets a second switch.
Steve from Capstone writes down on the studs exactly which switch controls which run of track lighting planned for the model train room — north/south gets one switch, and east/west gets a second switch.

Separately, Jacquela and Steven met with Dale Markel at Landers Premier Flooring to explore options for wood flooring. Can we save the existing oak? Probably not …

Also separately, Steven approved a quote from Kyle Bacon at Elite Heating & Air Conditioning for what will be come a change order to the HVAC system — adding dampers and thermostats to the master bedroom and office, putting these two rooms into their own heating/cooling zones. This will help to make the master bedroom more comfortable and controllable at night, and help to deal with the heat generated by the computers and other equipment in Steven’s office.

And, Ben Feldt, structural engineer,  reports he walked the framing late last week. He will complete the documents “saying you passed” for the pending inspection by City of Austin.

Cris from Ranserve test fit one of the fiberglass doors -- this is the back door off the kitchen to the back yard. The doors came with brickmould pre-installed by the BMC West at the factory. Ron plans to remove and replace it with PVC trim that cannot rot because it's basically plastic.
Cris from Ranserve test fit one of the fiberglass doors — this is the back door off the kitchen to the back yard. The doors came with brickmould pre-installed by the BMC West at the factory. Ron asks Steven if it’s too ornate for what Steven and Jacquela plan for the house. Yes. Ron plans to remove and replace it with PVC trim that cannot rot because it’s basically plastic.
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That’s one small step in cement …

And one giant leap forward for Emerald Hill.

A moon boot imprint in the Moon's dust
NASA photo of the first human footprint on the Moon.

Cris from Ranserve formed up concrete at the step down into the mudroom from the garage. Someone stepped in it.

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