T minus 9 days

We are now officially counting down to the scheduled move-in date. 10 days to 11 March.

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Tempering the window

One of the closet doors in Jadin’s bedroom swings open toward the tall window at the back of the room. The City of Austin inspector requires us to replace the conventional glass with tempered.

Landon and Robert from Martel Windows arrived today with the tempered glass.

Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Out comes the window.
Out comes the window.
The structure of the new window -- exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The structure of the new window — exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
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Make-up air system

We are working to qualify Emerald Hill for, potentially, four stars in the the Austin Green Build program. It requires a make-up air system — when the exhaust hood over the cooktop is pulling fumes out of the house from the cooktop, the make-up system replenishes by pulling outside air into the house.

Above, the duct and motor and control unit for the make-up air system installed in the attic over the garage, connected to a duct run that penetrates the drywall to reach the kitchen.

This is the intake vent for the make-up air system, installed under the eave on the outside of the garage.
This is the intake vent for the make-up air system, installed under the eave on the outside of the garage.
This is the vent in the kitchen, over the side door, that delivers replacement air to the kitchen when the exhaust fan runs.
This is the vent in the kitchen, over the side door, that delivers replacement air to the kitchen when the exhaust fan runs.
Autin Air removed the chimney shroud above the exhaust hood. Components for the make-up air system are waiting behind the blue tape for installation.
Autin Air removed the chimney shroud above the exhaust hood. Components for the make-up air system are waiting behind the blue tape for installation.
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Pot filler and backsplash, reinstalled

Ranserve replaced the one glass tile that cracked to the left of the pot filler. To get to it, they removed the pot filler above the cooktop. We discovered that the wrong escutcheon was installed.

Today, the pot filler is mounted again, with the correct escutcheon, and a rubber gasket to cushion it against the tile.

 

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