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Catching up, planning forward

In this special Sunday edition of the remodel that is almost done, Jacquela and Steven discovered that the dishwasher is installed. We missed it, distracted by all the other bright shiny distractions.

For the first time, we are able to confirm that we will in fact be able to stand at the sink, alongside the dishwasher, pull open the drawer for plates or cutlery opposite the dishwasher, then easily unload the dishwasher straight to the drawers, just a short reach away — almost like we planned it.

The other big activity for this visit … Jacquela and Steven measured the interior of each drawer in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. As a result, we believe we need 230 linear feet of shelf liner to protect the drawer bottoms.

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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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Notes, 29 Dec. 2015

Above, Granite Security is back on site installing the security system, control hubs, connecting wires to circuit boards. Here’s one of the control pads near the front door, powered!

Shane installs the first door handle set -- on the door to Steven's office.
Shane installs the first door handle set — on the door to Steven’s office.
Cris from Ranserve installed the last panel of what will be Jadin's shower, tensioning it into place with 2x4 lumber. It took a long time to get all the parts on site for what should have been a simple kit with everything stuffed into three or four boxes for shipping.
Cris from Ranserve installed the last panel of what will be Jadin’s shower, tensioning it into place with 2×4 lumber. It took a long time to get all the parts on site for what should have been a simple kit with everything stuffed into three or four boxes for shipping.
Pivot 90 degrees from the shower in Jadin's bath and, cool!, Cris installed the vanity cabinets and bridge storage box.
Pivot 90 degrees from the shower in Jadin’s bath and, cool!, Cris installed the vanity cabinets and bridge storage box.
We used the same configuration -- two vanities with a bridge in the middle -- upstairs in bath 3.
We used the same configuration — two vanities with a bridge in the middle — upstairs in bath 3.
There's a similar configuration in the master bath. These vanities are wider, as is the bridge storage box in the middle.
There’s a similar configuration in the master bath. These vanities are wider, as is the bridge storage box in the middle.
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Notes, 18 Dec. 2015

Early start to walk the house with Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, prepping for the week ahead and closing out this week.

Above, with temps in the high 30s, Ernesto works in short sleeves, building out the forms for the walk along the side of the house to the kitchen door, then turning 90 degrees to pace out to the driveway. Concrete for these pads is scheduled for the week of 28 December.

Ron and Steven inventoried the bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Master bath at 6, mudroom bath at 3, Jadin's bath and bath 3 at  12, and kitchen at 9.
Ron and Steven inventoried the bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Master bath at 6, mudroom bath at 3, Jadin’s bath and bath 3 at 12, and kitchen at 9.
Ron and Steven tested alternate-sized strike plates. The deep casing around each door means we need extended strike plates -- otherwise the latch will wear against the wood.
Ron and Steven tested alternate-sized strike plates. The deep casing around each door means we need extended strike plates — otherwise the latch will wear against the wood. This is an example of how small decisions cascade — the deeper casing triggers more thought.
Central Texas Custom Cabinets delivered more shelves and doors for the kitchen cabinets -- and Bassam is back to continue installation -- now that the painters have taken down the protective plastic sheeting.
Central Texas Custom Cabinets delivered more shelves and doors for the kitchen cabinets — and Bassam is back to continue installation — now that the painters have taken down the protective plastic sheeting.
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Toe kicks and more

Another day at Emerald Hill, more progress on the kitchen cabinets.

Yitzhak glued up several of the toe kicks.

Under the island.
Under the island.
At the end of the oven/microwave wall of cabinets.
At the end of the oven/microwave wall of cabinets.
The “end cap” cabinet at the end of the oven/microwave wall of cabinets appears to be nearly complete. This cabinet faces the kitchen side door.
The “end cap” cabinet at the end of the oven/microwave wall of cabinets appears to be nearly complete. This cabinet faces the kitchen side door.
This is the “dog station” in the kitchen. Dedicated to Reboot. When Jadin takes possession of our next dog, we’re ready. The shelf is where the food and water dishes go. The top and bottom drawers are full supplies, leashes, collars, brushes.
This is the “dog station” in the kitchen. Dedicated to Reboot. When Jadin takes possession of our next dog, we’re ready. The shelf is where the food and water dishes go. The top and bottom drawers are full supplies, leashes, collars, brushes.
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Kitchen cabinets, continuing

Chris and Yitzhak from Central Texas Custom Cabinets are on site today.

Chris is scribing and cutting cabinet panels and skins. He’s also installing more cabinet doors and cabinet pulls.

Yitzhak is contorting himself on the floor to measure, scribe and cut toekicks under all the cabinets.

Chris has his own web site. Click here.

Above, Yitzhak scribes the toekick under the pantry cabinets on the refrigerator wall.

Chris shows how he joined together the two maple panels that comprise the countertop in the pantry hallway. The maple came from wood stored by Steven that was not used in finishing out Sea Eagle; so we are taking a small part of the current house to contribute to the new house.
Chris shows how he joined together the two maple panels that comprise the countertop in the pantry hallway. The maple came from wood stored by Steven that was not used in finishing out Sea Eagle; so we are taking a small part of the current house to contribute to the new house.
Almost all of the doors are installed on the oven/microwave cabinets.
Almost all of the doors are installed on the oven/microwave cabinets.
Working under the island, Yitzhak test fits the toekick.
Working under the island, Yitzhak test fits the toekick.
Working at the table saw outside, Yitzhak slowly cuts the 1/4-inch-thick material to size.
Working at the table saw outside, Yitzhak slowly cuts the 1/4-inch-thick material to size.
Two runs of toekick, cut to size and ready for gluing into place.
Two runs of toekick, cut to size and ready for gluing into place.

 

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Talk and walk the week

9 a.m. Monday morning to talk and walk the week ahead.

Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, left, and Mauricio from Gilsa, right, recovering from his heart attack, meet Steven to plan the concrete pour for the garage foundation. We're aiming for Thursday, depending on city inspections of forms and steelwork. In front of the house, we plan the pavers that will replace part of the walk to the patio, and the landing in front of the porch. The cardboard on the ground approximates the location and size of the landing. The pavers will extend around the front of the house to the site of the former kitchen deck, which Gilsa has removed via Bobcat. Gilsa will now regrade the ex-deck to ensure water flows away from the side door off the kitchen. And ... Gilsa will also regrade behind the garage and enlarge the concrete slab to be used for the HVAC condenser. All this will be consequential toward finishing the house.
Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, left, and Mauricio from Gilsa, right, recovering from his heart attack, meet Steven to plan the concrete pour for the garage foundation. We’re aiming for Thursday, depending on city inspections of forms and steelwork. In front of the house, we plan the pavers that will replace part of the walk to the patio, and the landing in front of the porch. The cardboard on the ground approximates the location and size of the landing. The pavers will extend around the front of the house to the site of the former kitchen deck, which Gilsa has removed via Bobcat. Gilsa will now regrade the ex-deck to ensure water flows away from the side door off the kitchen. And … Gilsa will also regrade behind the garage and enlarge the concrete slab to be used for the HVAC condenser. All this will be consequential toward finishing the house.

Above, an army of 10 painters is sanding down the walls and trim, and taping more protective paper over the stairs and floors, preparing the interior of the house for final painting.

Over the weekend, Aaron from Central Texas Custom Cabinets installed the final box -- the small cabinet at the top of the pantry at left of the side kitchen door.
Over the weekend, Aaron from Central Texas Custom Cabinets installed the final box — the small cabinet at the top of the pantry at left of the side kitchen door.
Chris from Central Texas Custom Cabinets scribes the "skiin" panel that will finish off the end of this run of cabinets at the oven and microwave wall.
Chris from Central Texas Custom Cabinets scribes the “skin” panel that will finish off the end of this run of cabinets at the oven and microwave wall.
The skin that finishes the run of cabinets on the refrigerator wall.
The skin that finishes the run of cabinets on the refrigerator wall.
Upstairs in bath 3, Cris from Ranserve is rebuilding the drain line to ensure that the emergency cleanout is 8 inches off the floor. That elevation ensures we don't have to cut up the vanity to get access to the cleanout. Cris will repeat this surgery in the master bath, upstairs, and in bath 2, downstairs. After which, he will patch the drywall, then turn the wall over to the painters for sanding, priming, painting -- at which point he will finally be able to install the vanities.
Upstairs in bath 3, Cris from Ranserve, supervised by his shadow, is rebuilding the drain line to ensure that the emergency cleanout is 8 inches off the floor. That elevation ensures we don’t have to cut up the vanity to get access to the cleanout. Cris will repeat this surgery in the master bath, upstairs, and in bath 2, downstairs. After which, he will patch the drywall, then turn the wall over to the painters for sanding, priming, painting — at which point he will finally be able to install the vanities.
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One hour to debate door pulls

Saturday morning. Jacquela and Steven meet at Emerald Hill with Aaron Pratt from Central Texas Custom Cabinets to discuss how to install the Ikea pulls — vertical or horizontal — on specific cabinet doors in the kitchen.

Before Aaron arrives, Steven and Jacquela slice open a package or three with help from Bani, one of Aaron’s expert cabinetmakers. Then we try different positions and orientations — vertical at the middle of the tall door, vertical at the top of the tall door, horizontal at the top of the tall door, horizontal at the bottom of the upper door, vertical at the side of the upper door, how far from or close to the corner of the door, or in the middle of the door.

By the time Aaron arrives, we’ve decided to go with vertical on the tall pantry cabinets, lower and upper doors, positioning the pulls one inch from the corner of the door panel. At the sink, however, and at one door opposite the microwave, we elect to position the pulls horizontally, in the middle of the top line of the door, aligning the pulls with everything else nearby — creating a consistent pattern, with horizontal pulls for all lower cabinets and vertical pulls for all upper cabinets.

Steven observes — It is bizarre to so extensively debate something as mundane as a cabinet handle for a whole hour, but it is also a significant measure of how close we are to finishing the house that we spent an hour debating how and where to install cabinet handles.

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Notes, 2 Dec. 2015

The team from Gilsa Construction progresses with the garage addition.

Above, using a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails and bolts, the sole plate of the back wall of the garage has been sliced free from the foundation. Next, it is braced.

Using a sledgehammer, Gilsa shifts the back wall of the garage over several inches, supported by the braces inside the garage. This will allow them to pour concrete level with the existing slab of the garage. The steel framework for the new garage slab is ready for inspection. At right, the electricians installed a grounding wire (the left-hand circle), and Gilsa chopped down the shrub that was so overgrown it resembled a tree (the right-hand circle).
Using a sledgehammer, Gilsa shifts the back wall of the garage over several inches, supported by the braces inside the garage. This will allow them to pour concrete level with the existing slab of the garage. The steel framework for the new garage slab is ready for inspection. At right, the electricians installed a grounding wire (the left-hand circle), and Gilsa chopped down the shrub that was so overgrown it resembled a tree (the right-hand circle). The steelwork is ready for inspection. Also, the formwork for the foundation is nearly complete, after which it too will be inspected.
One of the plastic stands holding the steelwork off the plastic sheeting, to ensure the rebar is inside the concrete, not under the concrete, when the concrete is poured.
One of the plastic stands holding the steelwork off the plastic sheeting, to ensure the rebar is inside the concrete, not under the concrete, when the concrete is poured.
After whacking with a sledgehammer, the back wall of the garage leans against the temporary braces. The wide-angle lens distorts perspective, but the footing of the wall is now offset 3 to 4 inches from the top plate.
After whacking with a sledgehammer, the back wall of the garage leans against the temporary braces. The wide-angle lens distorts perspective, but the footing of the wall is now offset 3 to 4 inches from the top plate.
Another way to see the lean of the wall. The red string line is level, but the bricks at left are now about 1/4-inch higher than the bricks at right.
Another way to see the lean of the wall. The red string line is level, but the bricks at left are now about 1/4-inch higher than the bricks at right.
Inside and upstairs, Kevin Rehberg from Ranserve continues to protect all the floors with heavy construction paper. Why? The painters are coming.
Inside and upstairs, Kevin Rehberg from Ranserve continues to protect all the floors with heavy construction paper. Why? The painters are coming.
The electricians came by to install detectors and switch plates, leaving behind a pile of boxes.
The electricians came by to install detectors and switch plates, leaving behind a pile of boxes.
In the kitchen, Central Texas Custom Cabinets continues to install drawer fronts to the cabinets.
In the kitchen, Central Texas Custom Cabinets continues to install drawer fronts to the cabinets.
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Pull me

Aaron Pratt from Central Texas Custom Cabinets has been sneaking into the house at odd hours to work on the kitchen cabinets — weekends, early mornings, late nights.

Above, he installed the drawer fronts on the cabinet opposite the dishwasher where we plan to store cutlery, plates, bowls and glasses. And then he installed the Ikea cabinet pulls.

Here's the storage cabinet at left, with all the other doors mounted. The refrigerator slots into the open bay. All the white melamine surfaces are covered by dull plastic protectors.
Here’s the storage cabinet at left, with all the other doors mounted. The refrigerator slots into the open bay. All the white melamine surfaces are covered by dull plastic protectors.
From 180 degrees opposite, the same bank of cabinets.
From 180 degrees opposite, the same bank of cabinets — with Kevin Rehberg in the library rolling out heavy paper to protect the new wood floors.
The bank of cabinets opposite the cooktop where we plan to store cooking utensils, spices and larger pots and pans that are used infrequently -- with the cabinet pulls installed. You can glimpse the butt end of the quartz countertop under the layer of blue foam that Ron Dahlke taped down to protect the stone.
The bank of cabinets opposite the cooktop where we plan to store cooking utensils, spices and larger pots and pans that are used infrequently — with the cabinet pulls installed. You can glimpse the butt end of the quartz countertop under the layer of blue foam that Ron Dahlke taped down to protect the stone.
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