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Notes, 20 Nov. 2015

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.

We're puzzling out how to properly install the bathroom vanities. There's a lower shelf that Cris and Ron carefully removed from this unit. Cris cut a template for the shelf out of MDF. When placed against the wall in the bathrooms, the shelf obstructs the plumbing cleanouts -- or the cleanouts are located inside the cabinet, which would force us to carve up the cabinet boxes. But ... the schematics for the vanities clearly identify how high to locate the cleanout on the wall behind the vanity -- instructions that were not followed. Which may force us to open up the walls, again, to have the plumbers relocate the cleanouts. Stay tuned.
We’re puzzling out how to properly install the bathroom vanities. There’s a lower shelf that Cris and Ron carefully removed from this unit. Cris cut a template for the shelf out of MDF. When placed against the wall in the bathrooms, the shelf obstructs the plumbing cleanouts — or the cleanouts are located inside the cabinet, which would force us to carve up the cabinet boxes. But … the schematics for the vanities clearly identify how high to locate the cleanout on the wall behind the vanity — instructions that were not followed. Which may force us to open up the walls, again, to have the plumbers relocate the cleanouts. Stay tuned.
Enrique continues sealing nail holes with wood putty.
Enrique continues sealing nail holes with wood putty.
Out back, the garage foundation team continues packing sandbags and compacting the road base.
Out back, the garage foundation team continues packing sandbags and compacting the road base.
After bringing the road base up to the proper height, they begin shifting the form to square out the back of the garage foundation.
After bringing the road base up to the proper height, they begin shifting the form to square out the back of the garage foundation.

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.

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Notes, 12 Nov. 2015

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.
Surveying and setting out string lines for the foundation beams at the back of the new third bay of the garage.
Surveying and setting out string lines for the foundation beams at the back of the new third bay of the garage.
  • 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.
The electricians have been back, installing outlets upstairs. And the final LED light directly above the kitchen sink -- the smaller 4-inch fixture closest to the window, not the 6-inch fixture closer to the camera lens.
The electricians have been back, installing outlets upstairs. And the final LED light directly above the kitchen sink — the smaller 4-inch fixture closest to the window, not the 6-inch fixture closer to the camera lens. The angle of the photograph makes it appear as if the LED is not centered. It is.
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First look: New front door

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.

Installation is a process -- test fit, adjust, level, plumb, chip out obstructing wood and brick, test fit, level, plumb, close door, open door, level door, square door, shim door, level, plumb, tack it into place, level plumb, shim, repeat as necessary. It took Patrick and Shane about an hour to meet their own high standard of approval.
Installation is a process — test fit, adjust, level, plumb, chip out obstructing wood and brick, test fit, level, plumb, close door, open door, level door, square door, shim door, level, plumb, tack it into place, level plumb, shim, repeat as necessary. It took Peter and Shane about an hour to meet their own high standard of approval.
For fun, Patrick and Shane took a break from hanging doors to build the first casing around an open passage that will not receive a door. Putty seals and obscures the joints between several pieces of wood. The putty will be sanded smooth, and the joint lines will disappear when primed and painted, yielding the appearance of a single piece of wood wrapping around the open passage.
For fun, Peter and Shane took a break from hanging doors to build the first casing around an open passage that will not receive a door. Putty seals and obscures the joints between several pieces of wood. The putty will be sanded smooth, and the joint lines will disappear when primed and painted, yielding the appearance of a single piece of wood wrapping around the open passage.
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Notes, 10 Nov. 2015

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.

Shane is carpenting in the hallway to "Jadinland" -- bedrooms 1 and 2 and bath 3 -- installing door casing.
Shane is carpenting in the hallway to “Jadinland” — bedrooms 1 and 2 and bath 3 — installing door casing.
Here is Shane prepping the lumber that will become the vertical casing inside bedroom 2.
Here is Shane prepping the lumber that will become the vertical casing inside bedroom 2.
Peering down the upstairs hall, Shane and Peter have stacked lumber in place to build the door casings for the hallway closet, bedroom 4, on the left, and bath 3 and the utility room on the right.
Peering down the upstairs hall, Shane and Peter have stacked lumber in place to build the door casings for the hallway closet, bedroom 4, on the left, and bath 3 and the utility room on the right.
Peter nails trim into place near the front door, wrapping intricate cut around cut at the windows and stairs.
Peter nails trim into place near the still-temporary front door, wrapping intricate cut around cut at the windows and stairs.
Chris from the cabinet shop was just leaving as Steven arrived. He's been busy, installing the upper shelves and base cabinets in the pantry hallway ...
Chris from the cabinet shop was just leaving as Steven arrived. He’s been busy, installing the upper shelves and base cabinets in the pantry hallway …
The drawers into the cabinet where we will store cutlery and plates and glasses ...
The drawers into the cabinet where we will store cutlery and plates and glasses …
... and assembling the bank of utility cabinets to the right of where the refrigerator will slide against the wall.
… and assembling the bank of utility cabinets to the right of where the refrigerator will slide against the wall.
The construction team that will pour the garage foundation today trucked out a pile of dirt and rubble at what was the kitchen deck.
The construction team that will pour the garage foundation today trucked out a pile of dirt and rubble at what was the kitchen deck.
And they began trenching for the garage-slab footings.
And they began trenching for the garage-slab footings.
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The deck is gone, shower glass and door hardware approved

The concrete team today removed almost all the stone decking, leaving behind the base dirt and rubble that will be trucked away.

Why take out a perfectly good deck? We need to bring the impervious cover percentage down.

For perspective, here’s what the deck looked like Saturday, two days ago.

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And here is what it looks like today from nearly the same vantage point and camera angle.

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In other steps forward, Steven today approved the bid from Binswanger for the glass doors to the showers, and the bid from Push Pull Open Close for the front door hardware and pocket door pulls and handles. Progress. Steven is preparing to order the interior door handles and some exterior door handles online at nearly 40 percent savings.

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Week ending 6 Nov. 2015

Above — delivered earlier this week, the base cabinets have been moved into the pantry hallway for installation.

Patrick installs the skirt board along the stairs.
Peter installs the skirt board along the stairs.

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:

This week:

  • 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

Next week:

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.

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Meanwhile, in the woodshop

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.

The carpentry leaves behind piles of sawdust and remnants of shims.
The carpentry leaves behind piles of sawdust and remnants of shims.
All the cutoffs and detritus wind up in this one trash bucket next to the chop saw.
All the cutoffs and detritus wind up in this one trash bucket next to the chop saw. Every day, Shane and Peter sweep and shovel up the cuttings and sawdust, bringing the trash can closer to full., cleaning up as they work.
At the side window in the office, Shane shows Steven the window trim -- the stool and skirt, cut straight at the turn in the drywall, with no "ears" to wrap around the drywall. Simpler, easier, faster -- and more modern that something that requires at least three cuts and scribing. The key in all this is to ensure that the handle to crank open the window is not obstructed and that the lumber doesn't crack a knuckle as your hand turns the crank. This approach succeeds -- almost like we planned it.
At the side window in the office, Shane shows Steven the window trim — the stool and skirt, cut straight at the turn in the drywall, with no “ears” to wrap around the drywall. Simpler, easier, faster — and more modern that something that requires at least three cuts and scribing. The key in all this is to ensure that the handle to crank open the window is not obstructed and that the lumber doesn’t crack a knuckle as your hand turns the crank. This approach succeeds — almost like we planned it.
Upstairs in the utility room, Shane and Peter have installed the attic ladder -- and trimmed it around with the same lumber that will be used for casing around the doors. Their attention to detail ensures a consistent look and feel throughout the house. The pole in Shane's right hand will be used to pull down the ladder if the pull cord frays apart -- belts and suspenders.
Upstairs in the utility room, Shane and Peter have installed the attic ladder — and trimmed it around with the same lumber that will be used for casing around the doors. Their attention to detail ensures a consistent look and feel throughout the house. The pole in Shane’s right hand will be used to pull down the ladder if the pull cord in Shane’s left hand frays apart — belts and suspenders.
Shane shows the attic stair open and extended. Steven took his first climb. The aluminum is lighter and easier to work with than a heavy wooden attic stair. The unit is also lightly insulated, to help seal off the attic when the ladder is closed against the ceiling.
Shane shows the attic stair open and extended. Steven took his first climb. The aluminum is lighter and easier to work with than a heavy wooden attic stair. The unit is also lightly insulated, to help seal off the attic when the ladder is closed against the ceiling.
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More doors

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.

Patrick tests the door to Steven's office for plumb -- and the reveal between the door and the doorjamb.
Peter tests the door to Steven’s office for plumb — and the reveal between the door and the doorjamb.
Here's the attic ladder, carried upstairs to the utility room, prepped to install into the ceiling hatch.
Here’s the attic ladder, carried upstairs to the utility room, prepped to install into the ceiling hatch.
Patrick checks a closet door in Jadin's bedroom after tacking the frame into place. Using the level he checks for plumb. Several times, he knocks the wood of the doorjamb with his knuckles to tap the wood a fraction of an inch.
Peter checks a closet door in Jadin’s bedroom after tacking the frame into place. Using the level he checks for plumb. Several times, he knocks the wood of the doorjamb with his knuckles to tap the wood a fraction of an inch.
After nailing into position the door to the master bath, Patrick is the first person to swing the door open and step through. To get to this point, he has shimmed the door on both sides. It took stacks of shims, because the doorway was framed with extra space. As a result, there are large gaps on each side of the door between the jamb and the wall framing -- almost 3/4 of an inch. Patrick explains he will have to toenail the casing into place to cover the gap, carefully, to create the proper reveal.
After nailing into position the door to the master bath, Peter is the first person to swing the door open and step through. To get to this point, he has shimmed the door on both sides. It took stacks of shims, because the doorway was framed with extra space. As a result, there are large gaps on each side of the door between the jamb and the wall framing — almost 3/4 of an inch. Peter explains he will have to toenail the casing into place to cover the gap, carefully, to create the proper reveal.
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What’s behind door #1, Shane?

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.

Patrick's got the nail gun ready as Shane hoists into place the closet door in what will be the train room.
Peter’s got the nail gun ready as Shane hoists into place the closet door in what will be the train room.
At the back, Patrick tips up and Shane pivots to vertical the door to bedroom 4 from the upstairs hallway.
At the back, Peter tips up and Shane pivots to vertical the door to bedroom 4 from the upstairs hallway.
Patrick guides the door into position as Shane tips it into place.
Peter guides the door into position as Shane tips it into place.
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First glimpse: Front door

Stock Building Supply today delivered the front door. It’s crammed into the front hallway with a collection of interior doors. Getting a good shot took some finagling. It is drop-dead gorgeous.DSC_5109

The delivery label on the door -- which will never be seen again after it is installed.
The delivery label on the door — which will never be seen again after it is installed.
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