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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“Goodness,” says Jadin

Steven turned over Emerald Hill to Ron Dahlke from Ranserve while traveling all week to Vegas for ShowStoppers @ CES. Jadin and Jacquela visited the house today. Jacquela said “wow.” She and Steven plan an early visit Saturday to catch Steven up on a whole week of progress without Steven sticking his foot and hand into everything. Can’t wait.

In the interim, Jadin took these photos.

Dad to Jadin via text: “What do you think?”

Jadin via text: “Goodness.”

It looks like the exhaust hood is installed over the cooktop. Is the cooktop installed under the protective styrofoam? And look at that killer red backsplash.
It looks like the exhaust hood is installed over the cooktop. Is the cooktop installed under the protective styrofoam? And look at that killer red backsplash.
That's the oven to the left and the microwave in the middle. Where's the storage drawer that is supposed to go under the microwave?
That’s the oven to the left and the microwave in the middle. Where’s the storage drawer that is supposed to go under the microwave?
The balusters and handrailing are installed! This is the plan that Steven imagined and architect Brett drew before we started demo -- made real!
The balusters and handrailing are installed! This is the plan that Steven imagined and architect Brett drew before we started demo — made real!
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Steven rescues the house from a mistake

11 am Saturday morning after New Year’s. The framers are trying to get ahead of the job by starting to nail up the Hardieboard siding on the new garage structure.

But … it’s the wrong siding.

We specced 7-inch reveal Hardieboard lap siding with a bevel — the same material used on the house.

Above, the board that the framers are nailing up is flat stock with an oversized joint, completely different from the house. 

This is what the siding should be -- overlapped, creating an angle, not flat stock.
This is what the siding should be — overlapped, creating an angle, not flat stock.

Steven called Ron. Ron spoke with Lorenzo, one  of the two framers onsite at Emerald Hill. We asked Lorenzo to stop. Ron is going to call to get the correct lap siding delivered, the wrong siding picked up and shipped off, and the siding that is already nailed up on the back wall of the garage is going to have to come down.

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Week ending 1 Jan. 2016

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:

This week:

  • Framed walls and roof on garage addition
  • Dried in roof deck
  • Inspection and approval of sheathing install
  • Started top out on plumbing
  • Installed tile backsplash
  • Installed cabinets in bathrooms
  • Started install on hardware
  • Installed low voltage hardware

Next week:

  • Install siding on garage
  • Start prep and paint on garage
  • Do rough electrical on garage
  • Complete install on electrical in house
  • Install glass shower doors
  • Install Balusters and hand rail in stairwell
  • Complete countertop install
  • Continue on plumbing top out
  • Schedule Hvac company for top out
  • Complete change order for concrete pavers and schedule pour
  • Schedule engineer site visit for framing inspection of garage
  • Schedule COA inspections for rough electrical and framing of garage
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Test fit

Jacquela and Steven traveled to Ikea today, purchased several kitchen storage inserts, transported it all and ourselves back to Emerald Hill, and took the inserts for a test drive.

Above, Jacquela uses the LED on Steven’s cellphone to light the kitchen — because power is not yet connected, and it’s the early dark of a winter’s day. We confirm that two 15-inch wide utensil trays do in fact sit side by side comfortably in the 30.25-inch-wide storage draws for knives, forks, spoons and other utensils.

There are two top drawers at the end of the island that are both 21 inches wide, 3 inches tall. One 15-inch tray fits comfortably, as do four 5-inch trays.
There are two top drawers at the end of the island that are both 21 inches wide, 3 inches tall. One 15-inch tray fits comfortably, as do four 5-inch trays.
Same configuration fits comfortably in the neighboring drawer at the end of the island.
Same configuration fits comfortably in the neighboring drawer at the end of the island.
There is one extra-wide but not very tall drawer that slides under the induction cooktop. It is 34.25 inches wide, 17 inches deep and will work with objects no more than 3 inches tall. That makes this drawer ideal for spice racks and trays, or spice racks and selected spatulas and other cooking utensils.
There is one extra-wide but not very tall drawer that slides under the induction cooktop. It is 34.25 inches wide, 17 inches deep and will work with objects no more than 3 inches tall. That makes this drawer ideal for spice racks and trays, or spice racks and selected spatulas and other cooking utensils.
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