Above, the plumbers are back to correct the fittings behind the vanities — so that we don’t have to carve the vanities into pieces with power tools.
Above — delivered earlier this week, the base cabinets have been moved into the pantry hallway for installation.
Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:
- Installed interior doors
- Started trim
- Continued on cabinet install
- Finished template of countertops
- Started removal of patio
- Started excavation of soil for new garage
- Site visit by Harway appliance installer
- Continue on trim
- Complete cabinet install
- Install front door
- Start soil compactions
- Start trenching and installing rebar
- Barry came by today and has a plan for adjusting the plumbing drains for the bathroom cabinets.
- Once the trim guys complete this first phase, I’ll get Julian back to finish tile issues.
Kathleen Baker reports “the light order has already been placed [with Lights Fantastic]. Tracy just forgot to send us the confirmation. Most everything is in, they are waiting on the fans. I expect to get the confirmation email on Monday.”
Saturday update: Tracy reports the fans will arrive 10 or 11 November and "everything else is here and ready to go."
Steven met with Kathleen this morning to begin work on the forms that must be submitted to qualify for the Austin Energy Green Building Program. This will require extensive documentation. Stay tuned.
Steven also met at Emerald Hill with Jonathan Hiebert from Push Pull Open Close to finalize selections for the front door handles and the pocket-door hardware. Jonathan promises to finalize the quote and message that to Kathleen for formal submital to and approval by Steven and Jacquela.
Shane and Peter continue to carpenter through Emerald Hill — pulling lumber from the rack in the family room, cutting it to length and dimension, nailing it into place, trailing blue pneumatic hoses across the floors.
Above, Shane steps away from the chopsaw and lumber rack in the family room after cutting a board to length.
There are more than 30 doors inside Emerald Hill, not counting the four doors that open to the outside of the house.
Shane and Peter are quickly mounting all the interior doors into place, shimming them plumb and level.
Above, Shane and Peter have turned the family room into a workshop — stacked with lumber, tools, sawhorses, glue, packages of shims, boxes of nails. And, on the floor at center front of photo, they have unboxed the attic ladder.
Big day. Shane and his dad Peter have set up horses and a chop saw in the family room, next to the lumber rack. Batteries are charging. At least 10 packages of wood shims are lined up. There’s a box filled with cans of wood putty on the floor.
It’s time to begin hanging doors.
Above, Shane shows off the first door to be installed — the closet door in bedroom 4.
No. Not the first album from Karen and Richard Carpenter. Gag me.
It’s a dual-milestone day at Emerald Hill. The first is … Ron and Steven are turning over the house to, drum roll, please, the carpenters — Peter and Shane Morris, father and son, originally from north of London, fresh off finishing a 13,000 sq. ft. house somewhere else in Austin.
This is going to be fun.
Above, Shane, left, Peter, middle, and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve talk through each step of the casing, trim and other details they plan to start cutting and nailing tomorrow.
Today was planning day — walk the house with Steven, ask questions about how many shelves in this closet and how many rods, square edge on the window stool or “ear” that wraps around a drywall corner, baseboard options at the master shower, where to work around electrical panels, and more.
Communicate first. Plan second. Measure twice. Cut once.
It’s time to “dress the house.”