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.
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.
For perspective, here’s what the deck looked like Saturday, two days ago.
And here is what it looks like today from nearly the same vantage point and camera angle.
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.
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.