Ikea field trip

Jacquela and Steven arrived at Ikea in Round Rock as the store opened. Steven wrestled two orange, yellow and blue Ikea Family cards from the kiosk in the lobby. Bridgette arrived. She works with Jacquela at Schwab — and is probably just as much a fan of Ikea as Steven; she showed pictures of the closet and desks that she and her husband planned and assembled as we walked the store.

Steven had a shopping list. Long. Detailed.

We configured Pax closets for the master closet and for Jadin’s bedroom. We configured Stuva storage and benches for the mudroom. We picked up the Striberg linear LED lights with motion sensors needed for closets throughout the house.

Bridgette offered to help transport everything to Emerald Hill in her new Ford Explorer. As if we would say no.

Bridgette filled a cart with items on her shopping list.

And then we hit the warehouse armed with “pick lists” and two flatbed carts.

At checkout, Ikea Family saved more than $200 on the bill.

We loaded Steven’s Honda Element to the weight limit. The Explorer got the really long boxes; this is one of the few times Steven misses the old minivan.

We took lunch at In-N-Out, sitting outside. “Vitamin D,” exclaimed Bridgette, showing pictures of the house in Baltimore she grew up in.

At Emerald Hill, Jacquela gave Bridgette a tour, Steven prepped space in the garage, and we built the stack of flat-pack boxes in the photo above and below.

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The clothes rods, baskets and other accessories are stacked neatly in the pantry.

Steven propped each light against a door where it needs to be installed, to help Ron identify precisely what goes where.

Now we need permission from Ron to assemble and install cabinets …

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Week ending 15 Jan. 2015

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • Set vanity countertops
  • Complete engineer-required framing corrections
  • Complete install on all available light fixtures
  • Set new outside electric panel
  • Set metal brackets on island
  • Started finish on replacement tread
  • Started install on glass doors
  • Started repair on drywall cracks
  • Set all toilets and faucets
  • Set condenser and AC grilles
  • Finish interior trim

Next week:

  • Install front door
  • Finish electrical install
  • Call in for electrical inspection
  • Turn on power to house
  • Install remaining drywall in garage
  • Pour cement into new pavers
  • Install kitchen island countertop
  • Install tankless hot water heaters
  • Start prep on paint of garage

Concerns:

  • Remove bird of prey from exhaust vent
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