To every yin, there is a yang

With the final inspection approved at Emerald Hill, it is now time to formally exit Sea Eagle.

Bitter. And sweet. Yin. Yang.

The movers are confirmed for Friday.

Steven walked Sea Eagle today with Randy, the builder who lives across the street. They identified these “make-ready” tasks — patch and paint where needed, clean the house, clean the exterior of the windows, clean the stained-concrete floor, clean up the yard.

After dinner, Jacquela and Steven signed the paperwork to list the house for sale.

Yin. Yang. Bitter. Sweet.

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Final inspection — passed!

final inspection

It’s nine months since we broke ground. By metaphor, Ranserve today gave birth to a finished house — except for the punch list.

Meet Jason, inspector for the City of Austin, who today approved the final inspection.
Meet Jason, inspector for the City of Austin, who today approved the final inspection.

The first thing Steven did was text Ron Dahlke to tell him we passed the final — and to say thank you.

Then Steven texted the news to Jacquela and Jadin. Then he emailed the news to Team Ranserve to say thank you.

Thank you.

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T minus 3 days

Odell and Team Ranserve continue to punch through the punch list …

Above, Cris uses Steven’s biscuit cutter to slice slots into the two pieces of wood that Cris is using to build a deep shelf in the electronics closet — for the cable modem, switches, router, UPS, power strip, etc.

What’s really cool is this — Cris needed a biscuit cutter. Steven pulled his Porter Cable out of the stack of plastic bins stored in the garage for moving in. This is the first time on this gig that one of Steven’s tools has been used to build something in the house. It’s an honor to put the tool in the hands of Cris, who is capable of nearly anything — concrete, framing, windows, cabinets, shelving, flooring, plumbing …

This is the shelf that Cris built in the electronics closet. It needs paint. But ... four holes for wires to pass through, and ledgers carefully nailed to studs to avoid hitting any of the miles of wire traveling through the back wall of the closet to the electrical panel.
This is the shelf that Cris built in the electronics closet. It needs paint. But … four holes for wires to pass through, and ledgers carefully nailed to studs to avoid hitting any of the miles of wire traveling through the back wall of the closet to the electrical panel.
Odell replaced the leaking faucet at the left-hand sink in the master bath -- and shifted the medicine cabinet about one inch to the left to center it over the faucet. Odell spotted the install error late last week.
Odell replaced the leaking faucet at the left-hand sink in the master bath — and shifted the medicine cabinet about one inch to the left to center it over the faucet. Odell spotted the install error late last week. Guest appearance in the mirror by Steven and his Nikon camera.
At the end of their day, Cris and Jacinto cut and glued t-molding into the gap in the floor at bedroom 4 between the original laminate and the new hickory. To help set the glue for 24 hours, they weighted down the threshold strip with some of the moving boxes volunteered by Steven. Along with concrete pavers pulled from the garage.
At the end of their day, Cris and Jacinto cut and glued t-molding into the gap in the floor at bedroom 4 between the original laminate and the new hickory. To help set the glue for 24 hours, they weighted down the threshold strip with some of the moving boxes volunteered by Steven. Along with concrete pavers pulled from the garage.
Cris and Jacinto repeated the threshold work at the entry to bedroom 4 -- aka the train room.
Cris and Jacinto repeated the threshold work at the entry to bedroom 4 — aka the train room.
At some point today, Odell and team removed the damaged strip of Hardieboard from the exterior wall of the garage addition, nailed up a new board.
At some point today, Odell and team removed the damaged strip of Hardieboard from the exterior wall of the garage addition, nailed up a new board.
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Into the closet

Jacquela asked for industrial pipe to hang clothes in the master closet. Steven ordered the heavy metal from simplifiedbuilding.com.

The parts fit together like an Erector set. Lay all the parts on the floor, in order of assembly. Insert tube into joint, tighten screw to clamp pipe, insert next tube into the next fitting in the joint, tighten that screw, keep going. When ready, pivot the now-heavy structure off the floor, walk it into position while making sure to not damage floor or wall. Lean the assembled structure against the wall, then work the Ikea cabinets into position and slide everything into near-final alignment.

Monday this week, Steven started with what will be the double-hanging rods on Jacquela’s side of the closet.

Today, Steven erected the double-hanging system on his side of the closet, and the single-rod system across the back wall for taller items such as dresses to hang. The horizontal top rods are 84 inches high — that’s a stretch that will require a step to stand on. At the same time, it allows for shoe storage on the floor.

Above, the three assemblies, each test fitted to its location in the closet. Next task is locking down the positions and screwing the flanges to the walls.

All the parts arrived in three heavy boxes. The shipping cost $100 ground. We could have bought the pipe at a big-box home improvement store, but that pipe would have cost as much in state taxes, would use threaded fittings instead of Allen screws in slots, with a smaller diameter able to support less weight. This pipe is one-inch diameter galvanized aluminum -- able to serve as a scaffold if needed.
All the parts arrived in three heavy boxes. Steven consolidated to clear floor space in the utility room that he used to stage the piping. The shipping cost $100 ground. We could have bought the pipe at a big-box home improvement store, but that pipe would have cost as much in state taxes, would use threaded fittings instead of Allen screws in slots, with a smaller diameter able to support less weight. This pipe is one-inch diameter galvanized aluminum — able to serve as a scaffold if needed.

 

 

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Are the shades cool, or is it the house?

Austintateous Blinds today delivered the shades ordered weeks ago by Jacquela and Steven. Top down bottom up silhouette cells.

Above, Chris installed the shades in the¬†master bedroom — but did not want his face photographed.

Both shades in the master bedroom, lowered from the top. Steven and Chris tested the blackout capabilities built into the shades. The master turned dark. Perfect.
Both shades in the master bedroom, lowered from the top. Steven and Chris tested the blackout capabilities built into the shades. The master turned dark. Perfect.
The shades in the office ...
The shades in the office. Unlike the master, these shades are not blackouts …
And the single screen that traverses the entire window at the front of the library -- this is almost as wide as Hunter Douglas can make one unit.
And the single screen that traverses the entire window at the front of the library — this is almost as wide as Hunter Douglas can make one unit.

 

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Privacy punch list

The center panel of the¬†door to the master bath was supposed to be opaque glass — ensuring privacy while allowing light to travel through. The door arrived with clear glass. Ron and Steven went back and forth through all the paperwork — and decided it would be easier, faster, smarter to apply an opaque window film to the glass, instead of replacing the door, sanding the door, painting the door …

Steven met the other day with Jonathan Thompson from sunsationalsolutions.com to pick out the film.

Jay arrived today to install it.

The door to the master bath after Jay finished installing the film -- opaque, no longer clear.
The door to the master bath after Jay finished installing the film — opaque, no longer clear.
We bit the bullet and also installed film at the glass door to Steven's office.
We bit the bullet and also installed film at the glass door to Steven’s office.
And to the window in Jadin's bathroom.
And to the window in Jadin’s bathroom.
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