Above, Jacinto mortars brick where the old garage meets the new Hardieboard siding.
Inside, Jacinto cements the exposed mesh around the fireplace.
Steven purchased satin-nickel house numbers from Lowe’s. Jacquela approved the numbers. Steven and Ron discussed where to mount them at the front of the house.
Steven purchased three motion-sensor double flood lights from Lowe’s, to be installed at the new garage bay, at the side door near the kitchen, and at the back door.
Steven also ordered the Ring door chime for the front door, to go with the
Ring doorbell. Steve the electrician reminded Steven to get this done. It’s done.
The island countertop is propped against the family room wall, getting it out of the way for Aaron to repair the island cabinets.
The microwave, oven and dishwasher arrived last week from Harway Appliance, but the storage drawer to be located under the microwave was MIA.
Steven called Kristin at Harway. Arnold delivered the drawer today, above, set into place temporarily to check the fit.
Arnold screws the storage drawer and microwave together to create a single unit.
Steven, left, and Arnold, right, lift the drawer and microwave unit off the base cabinets and begin to pivot it 180 degrees, to slide into the cabinet. Ron Dahlke shot this photo using Steven’s camera. A first. And … this is the first photographic proof in months that Steven is actually helping on this remodel, not just standing around taking pix and asking too many questions.
Arnold tweaks the drawer. The alignment of the top corners where the oven, left, meets the microwave, right, was off by a visible 1/16th inch. Arnold added a shim under the drawer to lift the microwave corner just enough and into alignment.
The real reason for Arnold’s visit to Emerald Hill was to take out the bow in the chimney stack of the exhaust hood. He discovered it was pushed out of perfect vertical alignment by the outlet in the wall that powers the exhaust hood. Ron is going to work on this with the electricians.
The team from Custom Plumbing is back to continue “top out” — installing all the fixtures.
Along the way, Barry and team also identify punch list items to correct or wrestle.
The last week of December, Steven put on hold the install of the Toto toilets in bath 2 and the master bath to solve installation issues. While traveling, Steven received additional guidance from Jonelle at Ferguson and approved the installations. Today, the fix arrived at Emerald Hill.
Above, Barry shows Steven the $45 plumbing adapter that Toto makes to extend the water line below the tank, through the hole in the porcelain at the back of the tank, to make it easier to connect the water line to the bidet seat. It features a proprietary design that only Toto manufactures. It has to be specially ordered. That takes time. Today, Barry delivered two — one for each Toto. There will be a bill for this …
Why is there a hole in the kitchen ceiling drywall? Why is the drywall splitting apart at the seams? The pipes leaked in the master shower when the plumbers installed the shower heads. Ron assures Steven that the drywall is now dried out — and the drywall team will be back to repair this with flexible fiberglass mesh, not paper tape, just in case.
The normal install for the kitchen faucet is to place the hot/cold handle at the right side of the faucet. If we do that here, it will hit the gray quartz backsplash when pushed back to full-on hot. One solution is to pivot the handle x degrees. Another fix is to pivot the handle 90 degrees to the front of the sink, as photographed here. A third approach would be to remove the backsplash, slice open the drywall, then inset the backsplash into the cavity in the drywall — tons of work. Steven has permission from Jacquela to make the decision. Steven decides to pivot the handle to this position — front and center over the sink bowl.
In the master bath, the plumbers are installing the faucets and drain lines.
Mike studies how to install the Toto toilet and bidet in the master bath — and the magic, proprietary $45 Toto pipe.
Barry confirms that Ron needs to install backing behind the fiberglass shower panel if the plumbers are to mount the showerhead bar properly. Ron tells Steven that Mark at Ranserve has decided that Ranserve shall never again install a fiberglass shower/bath kit. Ron’s going to have to open up the wall behind the panel, working from the stairwell wall to get to the back of the shower.
Barry also delivered the two Navian tankless water heaters and confirmed that the electrical plug in the laundry room must be moved if that tankless unit is to be installed — the plug is located directly behind where the tank needs to mount to the wall, making it impossible to plug in the tank. The outlet has to shift several inches up and over to the right.
In the mudroom, the plumbers will switch out the white PVC drain lines for chrome, dressing up the exposed pipe under the sink.