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!
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.
Emerald Hill is now turned over to Luis, stairbuilder.
He is turning hickory planks, carefully, deliberately, into risers, treads and nosings, cutting wood with what has to be the smallest, most-underpowered, beaten-up, portable Black & Decker table saw, set up outside on the front walk, on a dreary, overcast and sometimes wet day, matching his skills and tape measure against a 7-inch thin-kerf blade. He bought the machine used, he tells Steven, at a flea market 10 years ago, he thinks. He’s burned through many larger, heavier, more powerful table saws, but this is the machine he comes back to with trust. It’s the story he will scribe as he builds the stairs over the next four days.
Steven ordered from Amazon last night the Schlage deadbolts, door handles and levers, irrigation controller and other items that will soon be needed by Ron Dahlke and team. Buying the Schlage hardware at Amazon saves 30 percent over the same product at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
After discussion with Ron, Steven approved the quote for 26 square feet of red glass tile that will be used for the backsplash behind the cooktop.
Steven visited Emerald Hill three times today while also working from his desk computer and by phone — at 10 am after dropping off Jadin at school, at 2 pm to meet with Ron and before meeting with Renee at ProSource to select tile for the kitchen backsplash and master shower floor, and again at 4 pm after leaving ProSource and before Jadin “walked home from school.” Here are photos from the evolving day.
In between the 10 am and 2 pm trips to Emerald Hill, Steven received the first quote for the two-bay garage door from Cowart Door Systems.
At 4 pm, Kathleen reported by email that Ranserve had received the wire transfer payment of Draw #5 from SouthStar Bank.
Brandon Pettit from Thomas McCarthy Inspections inspected Emerald Hill today for SouthStar Bank, as part of authorizing payment of Draw #5.
Rain cleared out. Above, the construction team is back to compact the road base for the foundation of the new garage bay.
Shane and Peter relocated the wood shop upstairs to the loft, out of the family room downstairs. It’s messy work. Above, Shane shovels the sawdust and cutoffs into the trash bin.
Shane and Peter plan to finish phase 1 of the carpentry tomorrow. Today … they are blasting through casing installation around doors, and baseboard installation in rooms with tile or laminate floors where we don’t have to wait for the hickory flooring to be installed after Thanksgiving.
Above, Shane and Peter are fitting shelves and closet rods. Here’s the downstairs closet at the back of the entry hall.
Above, Peter installs the casing around a passage that does not get a door — at the passage from the entry hall into the dining room/library. Beyond, in the entry, Shane installs window trim and baseboard.
- Ranserve submitted Draw #5 for payment.
- Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, visited Emerald Hill today with his copy of Draw #5, to review progress and completion to date. His first visit in several weeks. “I’ve been following the web site to keep up,” he reports.
- Ron Dahlke and Steven took advantage of Brett’s visit to ask for ideas on how to solve the grout lines that do not align in the master shower. Brett suggests a smaller tile — one, two or three inches, maybe four or five, laid as a mosaic, in a concrete black that matches the black tile floor that will be chipped out, or a complement to the gray wall tile that we hope to retain because taking it out is a much-larger removal project. Steven put a call in to Renee at ProSource to begin researching tile options.
- Brett and Steven also pulled out a tape measure to doublecheck the dimensions of the garage extension as the beams are dug for the foundation. It is spot on.
- Brett asks to photograph Emerald Hill for his portfolio. “Of course,” Steven replies.
- Ron reports that the hickory flooring may be delivered as early as next week.
Peter and Shane today installed the new front door.
The wood is remarkable; if Steven could stain or clear-coat it, he would — but Jacquela requires it painted red. And that’s what Jacquela will get.