Catching up, questions

Steven spotted several items to talk with Ron about …

Above, the ceiling fan in the master bedroom is centered in the center of the ceiling. Duh! But … it is not centered over the bed. The black line annotating the photo locates the approximate center line between the two 4-inch can lights over the bed. Jacquela wants the ceiling fan centered over the bed. Steven will discuss with Ron. This will probably become a change order. Expensive illustration of how you just can’t catch every small detail until all the parts start to assemble into a finished room.

Why did the plumbers or electricians open up the drywall where the tankless water heater will mount in the mudroom?
Why did the plumbers or electricians open up the drywall where the tankless water heater will mount in the mudroom?
The ceiling fan in the family room is too low. There's about one foot between the top of Jacquela's head and the bottom of the light kit. The "problem" may be the mounting post. It looks like it's six or eight inches tall. Steven remembers asking for a 3-inch post from Lights Fantastic. That shorter post would raise the fan closer to the ceiling -- which means Mark Rehberg from Ranserve, at six-foot-something tall, won't get a haircut if he walks under the fan while it spins. Something to discuss with Ron.
The ceiling fan in the family room is too low. There’s about one foot between the top of Jacquela’s head and the bottom of the light kit. The “problem” may be the mounting post. It looks like it’s six or eight inches tall. Steven remembers asking for a 3-inch post from Lights Fantastic. That shorter post would raise the fan closer to the ceiling — which means Mark Rehberg from Ranserve, at six-foot-something tall, won’t get a haircut if he walks under the fan while it spins. Something to discuss with Ron.
White PVC drain pipe under the sink in the mudroom bath. Can we swap this out for chrome to "dress it up?"
White PVC drain pipe under the sink in the mudroom bath. Can we swap this out for chrome to “dress it up?”
Before departing on business for a week, Steven reported to Ron that a seam was buckling in the ceiling of the family room where two sheets of drywall meet. Someone has now started to carve the sheets apart. Something to discuss with Ron.
Before departing on business for a week, Steven reported to Ron that a seam was buckling in the ceiling of the family room where two sheets of drywall meet. And the buckling is traveling toward the kitchen, from where Steven shot this photo. Someone has now started to carve the sheets apart. Was the drywall installed correctly? Is structure shifting in the house? Something to discuss with Ron.
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Catching up, garage

Other than coming home to hugs and kisses from the girls, the expanded garage at Emerald Hill is the next-best part of coming home from a week on the road.

Seriously.

It pulls the house into the future, with workspace, a storage loft, and, yes, parking for a car.

Above, shot through the dust-obscured window at the back of Jadin’s bedroom — the raw exterior siding at the back of the garage, the window installed at the workshop position inside the garage, the shed roof above and remodeled garage roof where it meets the new structure. 

A second shot through a dust-covered window, with a better view of the workshop window and the modified roof over the existing garage. Still to come -- primer, paint, roof shingles, roof venting.
A second shot through a dust-covered window, with a better view of the workshop window and the modified roof over the existing garage. Still to come — primer, paint, roof shingles, roof venting.
Inside the shell of the new garage bay, the walls are cabled by the electricians, sheathed in protective metal coil. Study the new lumber in the vertical wall at left. Ron Dahlke rebuilt it, replacing this corner of the existing garage, taking out rotted wood and studs that had been sliced apart for plumbing lines when the original garage was built. Study the ceiling of the new garage. Ron installed the oversized scuttle into the storage attic, and installed decking to create the storage floor of the attic.
Inside the shell of the new garage bay, the walls are cabled by the electricians, sheathed in protective metal coil. Study the new lumber in the vertical wall at left. Ron Dahlke rebuilt it, replacing this corner of the existing garage, taking out rotted wood and studs that had been sliced apart for plumbing lines when the original garage was built. Study the ceiling of the new garage. Ron installed the oversized scuttle into the storage attic, and installed decking to create the storage floor of the attic.
The metal post that supports the new structure is up, and the temporary support studs are coming out.
The metal post that supports the new structure is up, and the temporary support studs are coming out.
Ron "sistered" new lumber into position next to the older beams in the existing garage, adding strength and structure.
Ron “sistered” new lumber into position next to the aged, darker beams in the existing garage, adding strength and structure.
Steven climbed up a ladder to the storage attic. First look. It's the "killer application."
Steven climbed up a ladder to the storage attic. First look. It’s the “killer application.” Hundreds of square feet of storage space.
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Catching up, electrical

Steven is back from a week away at the Consumer Electronics Show. He walked Emerald Hill today with Jacquela.

Steven observes: Ron put in a productive week, playing in the house without Steven underfoot …

Ron picked up the lighting and other fixtures from Lights Fantastic And the electricians went to work.

Above, the ceiling fan is installed in Steven’s office. Still to come, the track lighting.

The ceiling fan in Jadin's bedroom.
The ceiling fan in Jadin’s bedroom.
The ceiling fan in bedroom 1 at the front of the house. Jacquela turns her back to Steven's camera, because she really does not want to be photographed.
The ceiling fan in bedroom 1 at the front of the house. Jacquela turns her back to Steven’s camera, because she really does not want to be photographed.
The ceiling fan in the loft on the second floor.
The ceiling fan in the loft on the second floor.
The electrical panel in the upstairs hall closet -- a work in progress.
The electrical panel in the upstairs hall closet — a work in progress.
To the left of the electrical panel, in the same closet, is the low-voltage panel for network cables, audio, video, security.
To the left of the electrical panel, in the same closet, is the low-voltage panel for network cables, audio, video, security. And Jacquela’s hand holding open the door.
The ceiling fan in the master bedroom.
The ceiling fan in the master bedroom.
The three round LED lights in the ceiling of the master closet, with Jacquela using her cellphone to light the room for Steven's camera.
The three round LED lights in the ceiling of the master closet, with Jacquela using her cellphone to light the room for Steven’s camera.
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Catching up, stairs

Steven is back from a week away at the Consumer Electronics Show. He walked Emerald Hill today with Jacquela.

Steven observes: Ron put in a productive week, playing in the house without Steven underfoot …

Above, the metal handrail is installed at the stairwell. And the balusters are going in.

This vantage is just so cool that it's worth repeating without the "featured image" overlay that obscures part of the bottom of the photo above. The inspiration for this was a photo Steven found of a stairway in a remodel. The metal balusters ensure safety; they look like jail-cell bars, but, compared with a conventional approach of wood railings and Newell post, the vertical metal web opens the entry space wide. And it's DRAMATIC!
This vantage is just so cool that it’s worth repeating without the “featured image” overlay that obscures part of the bottom of the photo above. The inspiration for this was a photo Steven found of a stairway in a remodel. The metal balusters ensure safety; they look like jail-cell bars, but, compared with a conventional approach of wood railings and Newell post, the vertical metal web opens the entry space wide. And it’s DRAMATIC!
Looking up to the second floor from the stair landing, handrail and balusters in place.
Looking up to the second floor from the stair landing, handrail and balusters in place.
Baluster installation is not yet complete.
Baluster installation is not yet complete.
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Catching up, plumbing “top out” in process

Steven is back from a week away at the Consumer Electronics Show. He walked Emerald Hill today with Jacquela.

Steven observes: Ron put in a productive week, playing in the house without Steven underfoot …

Above, the plumbers are in the process of installing the shower head and tub fixtures in bath 3 upstairs. Jacquela uses the LED on her phone to help Steven’s camera see in the dark.

The coolest sink, out of the box, mounted to the Mudroom bath wall. And the toilet in position. Steven has to ask Ron about replacing the white PVC drain pipe with chrome versions.
The coolest sink, out of the box, mounted to the Mudroom bath wall. And the toilet in position. Steven has to ask Ron about replacing the white PVC drain pipe with chrome versions.
The showerhead in Jadin's bath.
The showerhead in Jadin’s bath.
The Toto toilet in Jadin's bath. In position. And the tall storage vanity, unboxed, inserted into  its niche -- just like we planned. Two weeks ago Steven put a hold on the Toto installs to discuss questions raised by the plumbers. While at CES, Jonelle at Ferguson instructed Steven there is no reason for concern -- and Steven asked Ron to procede with Toto installation.
The Toto toilet in Jadin’s bath. In position. And the tall storage vanity, unboxed, inserted into its niche — just like we planned. Two weeks ago Steven put a hold on the Toto installs to discuss questions raised by the plumbers. While at CES, Jonelle at Ferguson instructed Steven there is no reason for concern — and Steven asked Ron to proceed with Toto installation.
Installation of the shower head, wand and control valves in the master shower -- not yet complete. At minimum, there's an escutcheon plate missing from the water line that feeds the wand. But ... Jacquela likes the height of the adjustable bar. And when she lowered the wand to the floor, water dribbled out -- which means the water lines are pressurized!
Installation of the shower head, wand and control valves in the master shower — not yet complete. At minimum, there’s an escutcheon plate missing from the water line that feeds the wand. But … Jacquela likes the height of the adjustable bar. And when she lowered the wand to the floor, water dribbled out — which means the water lines are pressurized! On the punch list — addressing the tile floor.
Jacquela tries to slip out of site into the water closet in the master bath. The tower vanity is unboxed and installed.
Jacquela tries to slip out of site into the water closet in the master bath. The tower vanity is unboxed and installed.
The plumbers are still working on the Toto toilet and bidet seat in the water closet of the master bath.
The plumbers are still working on the Toto toilet and bidet seat in the water closet of the master bath.
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Catching up, kitchen

Steven is back from a week away at the Consumer Electronics Show. He walked Emerald Hill today with Jacquela.

Steven observes: Ron put in a productive week, playing in the house without Steven underfoot …

Above, the Insinkerator is mounted and plugged in.

The heart of the kitchen -- appropriately red. Glass tile backsplash. Induction cooktop. Stainless steel exhaust hood. Pot filler not yet installed. Tile not yet grouted.
The heart of the kitchen — appropriately red. Glass tile backsplash. Induction cooktop. Stainless steel exhaust hood. Pot filler not yet installed. Tile not yet grouted.
And the cooktop is wired up.
And the cooktop is wired up.
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Week ending 10 Jan. 2016

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:

This week:

  • Installed metal column in garage
  • Complete framing on garage addition
  • Complete rough electrical on garage addition
  • Passed COA inspection on electrical rough and framing
  • Resolved attic venting
  • Continued on plumbing top out
  • Picked up light fixtures
  • Started install on light fixtures
  • Delivered remaining trim
  • Started install on balusters and hand rail
  • Installed appliances

Next week:

  • Site visit structural engineer Monday
  • Start install on new electrical service to house
  • Continue on electrical install
  • Continue on plumbing install
  • Start HVAC top out
  • Finish countertop install
  • Install glass doors
  • Install front door
  • Finish interior trim
  • Start install on roof shingles
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