With the kitchen island cabinets now in place, “Dimensional R” from Austin Stone Works — he asks to not be named, and to not have his face photographed — is back to build the template for the kitchen island.
Today, R uses thin strips of wood instead of the white plastic. He has to span the storage cabinets at the right side of photo, above, across the open seating area where we plan to put four stools, to the shelf cabinet at the far left end of the island. The plastic will sag; the wood strips hold their dimensions.
There are more than 30 doors inside Emerald Hill, not counting the four doors that open to the outside of the house.
Shane and Peter are quickly mounting all the interior doors into place, shimming them plumb and level.
Above, Shane and Peter have turned the family room into a workshop — stacked with lumber, tools, sawhorses, glue, packages of shims, boxes of nails. And, on the floor at center front of photo, they have unboxed the attic ladder.
Jacquela and Steven walked Emerald Hill over the weekend. Jacquela got to the master shower and said “the grout lines do not line up. That’s wrong.”
She sent a note to Ron and Mark at Ranserve to ask whether this is possible to correct?
This, for the record, is the first time Jacquela has objected to anything in this project.
Above, here’s how the grout lines and tile do not align properly at one wall of the master shower.
This morning, Ron and Steve stood in the shower to discuss options. Then we checked the supply of floor and wall tile left over in the garage. There’s enough black floor tile to re-do the floor, if that is what we opt to do.
Ron plans to discuss options with Julian, the tile setter.
Big day. Shane and his dad Peter have set up horses and a chop saw in the family room, next to the lumber rack. Batteries are charging. At least 10 packages of wood shims are lined up. There’s a box filled with cans of wood putty on the floor.
It’s time to begin hanging doors.
Above, Shane shows off the first door to be installed — the closet door in bedroom 4.
Above, Randy from Central Texas Custom Cabinets is back again to continue installing kitchen cabinets. After slicing open the drywall behind the kitchen side door, he pulls off the lower panel to begin creating the pocket into which one of the cabinets will be fitted. This was Aaron’s idea — to make the tall pantry cabinet deeper, creating more storage.
Jared Hohensee purchased the house next door to remodel and flip it. He proposed a three-neighbor project to replace the fence across the sides and back of that lot, asking Steven and Jacquela to share the cost of the shared side fence. Steven said yes.
Today, the crew ripped out the old rotted cedar slats and posts, and began planting new steel posts into cement.