Bright shiny attractions

Personal observation from Steven: Can I tell you how exciting it is to see toilets unboxed, prepared for installation? To see Shane and Peter installing door handles? To see the kitchen faucet test-fitted to the sink? It is a sugar high …

Above, there are hundreds of jokes to be made about toilets. Let’s skip every one of them to note what’s important in this photo. It’s a Toto toilet, tank assembled to bowl, standing on the tile floor of bath 2, ready for installation. We are, by this measure, that much closer to finishing this entire remodel.

Here's the kitchen faucet, test-fitted. Ron discovered an issue. The handle hits the backsplash when cocked all the way back, even though he pivoted the faucet about 5 degrees off center. We may need to trim the height of the backsplash -- which would be yet another change order.
Here’s the kitchen faucet, test-fitted. Ron discovered an issue. The handle hits the backsplash when cocked all the way back, even though he pivoted the faucet about 5 degrees off center. We may need to trim the height of the backsplash — which would be yet another change order.
Shane and his dad Peter are installing the door locks and deadbolts. Another significant sign of how close we are to finishing this remodel.
Shane and his dad Peter are installing the door locks and deadbolts. Another significant sign of how close we are to finishing this remodel.

 

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It’s a BIG shed

The framers sheathed the new garage bay today. The skeleton of studs became a substantial box. Big enough for a car, maybe even two parked nose to tail, with Steven’s workshop at the back, a wall for storage, and a loft above for even more storage.

The horizontal beams are the ceiling above the parking bay and the floor of the storage loft above.
The horizontal beams are the ceiling above the parking bay and the floor of the storage loft above.
The framers at work on the roof, consulting with Ron, out of sight, on the ground.
The framers at work on the roof, consulting with Ron, out of sight, on the ground.
This is the workshop end of the garage shed. The framers installed roof sheathing that reflects heat at Ron's direction. Just above the ladder, the framers have joined the existing roof to the new structure walls.
This is the workshop end of the garage shed. The framers installed roof sheathing that reflects heat at Ron’s direction. Just above the ladder, the framers have joined the existing roof to the new structure walls.
Stepping back to gain perspective on the size of the addition, compared against the house.
Stepping back to gain perspective on the size of the addition, compared against the house.
From the front. Where the old roof meets the new structure, the framers built a cricket to ensure that rainwater coming off the existing garage roof flows away from the vertical wall of the new structure.
From the front. Where the old roof meets the new structure, the framers built a cricket to ensure that rainwater coming off the existing garage roof flows away from the vertical wall of the new structure.
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