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Solving the lighting above the island

When the drywall went up on the ceiling in the kitchen, Steven discovered that the three 4-inch ceiling cans for lights above the island were not equidistant from each other.

Ron said, don’t worry, we’ll fix it.

With the drywall install done, Ron and Cris took down the sheets of ceiling drywall over the island, exposing the cans and ceiling joists.

Ron and Steven dragged a 10-foot-long sheet of drywall into the kitchen, propped it up on two garbage cans, to simulate the location and size of the kitchen island.

Then we used three paint cans to approximate the location of the lights on the island, to confirm that the only way to center the middle recessed can would require cutting a ceiling joist and restructuring the two adjoining joists — a process that would also require inspections and approvals from the structural engineer.

Ron suggested an alternative approach — adding a fourth can, dividing the four cans into two pairs, and installing each pair to mirror the other. This requires no cutting of lumber, no structural engineer. It does require the electricians to add the additional can, but that’s easy.

Here's Ron Dahlke studying the plans, with the drywall mockup of the kitchen island propped on two garbage cans and four paint cans approximating the location of the four recessed cans that will be used to illuminate the island.
Here’s Ron Dahlke studying the plans, with the drywall mockup of the kitchen island propped on two garbage cans and four paint cans approximating the location of the four recessed cans that will be used to illuminate the island.
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Notes, 23 Sept. 2015

It’s the first day of Fall. Happy Equinox!

Kathleen Baker at Ranserve today submitted plans for the garage addition to the City of Austin, applying for a building permit. Now we wait for review.

The exhaust duct for the kitchen hood is at upper left in this photo. The darker drywall is water resistant, where the sink will be installed.
The exhaust duct for the kitchen hood is at upper left in this photo. The darker drywall is water resistant, where the sink will be installed.

Ron and Cris from Ranserve installed the duct for the kitchen exhaust hood inside the kitchen, foaming all around the metal duct to insulate it and the exterior wall, then sealing up around the duct with drywall.

The exterior end of the exhaust duct. Ron and Cris will mount a screen to block bugs from traveling into the house through what is currently the open bottom of the duct.
The exterior end of the exhaust duct. Ron and Cris will mount a screen to block bugs from traveling into the house through what is currently the open bottom of the duct.
Catching up on other drywall details -- the master bath, with water resistant drywall at the sink locations and the shelf that goes behind the vanity framed up.
Catching up on other drywall details — the master bath, with water resistant drywall at the sink locations and the shelf that goes behind the vanity framed up.
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Hanging drywall, day 5

Above, what will be Steven’s favorite room at Emerald Hill — the master bedroom, drywall up, with “the treehouse” revealed as a room for the first time. If there is one room in the house done correctly, it’s the master bedroom, with the new side and front windows opening up the view into the trees.

The team from Celis Drywall today finished hanging drywall on all walls. Next up, Ron will order up inspection of the screw patterns to ensure they comply with code — each screw approximately eight inches from the next, with screws sufficient to ensure the drywall will not pop off or shift. Ron also plans to spend tomorrow, Wednesday, 23 September, the first day of Fall, working with Cris to tackle punch-list items before Celis starts to install corner beads and begins taping and mudding.

Here are snapshots as the Celis team of five installers hung drywall in the family room and kitchen, pantry, mudroom, office, library.

This wall in the office will get base cabinets and a countertop, with shelves hung on the wall where the drywall is going up.
This wall in the office will get base cabinets and a countertop, with shelves hung on the wall where the drywall is going up.
Turning 90 degrees in the office, the installer cuts drywall away from the side window in the office with a rotozip.
Turning 90 degrees in the office, the installer cuts drywall away from the side window in the office with a rotozip.
And off comes the liberated drywall, exposing the window.
And off comes the liberated drywall, exposing the window.
In the family room, Jose, left, and Andres, right, prep drywall for the south wall.
In the family room, Jose, left, and Andres, right, prep drywall for the south wall.
turning 180 degrees in the family room to look at the kitchen drywall going up.
Turning 180 degrees in the family room to look at the kitchen drywall going up.
Jose hangs drywall at the kitchen window while drywall goes up in the pantry.
Jose hangs drywall at the kitchen window while drywall goes up in the pantry.
The library/dining room is already complete. With a small pile of waste on the floor. Ron will recycle the waste as part of the Austin Green Build program.
The library/dining room is already complete. With a small pile of waste on the floor. Ron will recycle the waste as part of the Austin Green Build program.
Jadin's room is also complete, covered with drywall dust.
Jadin’s room is also complete, covered with drywall dust.
All the upstairs rooms are complete. Here's the "wet wall" in the utility/laundry room. The darker drywall is water resistant. One of the tankless units will be mounted in the niche at left. The washer will be located near the center of the photo, with the dryer installed in front of the large dryer vent near the floor and corner at right center.
All the upstairs rooms are complete. Here’s the “wet wall” in the utility/laundry room. The darker drywall is water resistant. One of the tankless units will be mounted in the niche at left. The washer will be located near the center of the photo, with the dryer installed in front of the large dryer vent near the floor and corner at right center.
Steven thinks the right side of the shelf in the master shower is lower than the left corner -- and all water will drain into the right corner instead instead of the shower. Ron pulls out his tape measure and checks. Yup. 1/4 inch off.
Steven thinks the right side of the shelf in the master shower is lower than the left corner — and all water will drain into the right corner instead of the shower. Ron pulls out his tape measure and checks. Yup. 1/4 inch off.

 

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Hanging drywall, day 2: Ceilings R Us

One suprise as drywall goes up on the ceilings is how it changes light levels inside the house. Up to this point, Steven has photographed work progress by barely using flash. The grey paper of the drywall dims the light reflecting off surfaces, even brown lumber and off-white foam — and Steven is now using flash for all photos.

Andre, left, and Jose, right, from Celis Drywall continue hanging 5/8-inch drywall on ceilings throughout Emerald Hill -- here in what will be Jadin's bedroom.
Andre, left, and Jose, right, from Celis Drywall continue hanging 5/8-inch drywall on ceilings throughout Emerald Hill — here in what will be Jadin’s bedroom.
The ceiling of the kitchen and family room, looking up from the kitchen side of the Great Room.
The ceiling of the kitchen and family room, looking up from the kitchen side of the Great Room.
The Great Room ceiling from the opposite corner.
The Great Room ceiling from the opposite corner.
The mudroom ceiling.
The mudroom ceiling.
The entrance hall, from the family room.
The entrance hall, from the family room.
The entrance hall, from near the front door.
The entrance hall, from near the front door.
The ceiling over the library, complete today.
The ceiling over the library, complete today.
The office ceiling.
The office ceiling.
The zip rotary tool that Andre and Jose use to cut the drywall for electrical boxes, can lights, ceiling fans and other penetrations as the drywall sheets go up.
The zip rotary tool that Andre and Jose use to cut the drywall for electrical boxes, can lights, ceiling fans and other penetrations as the drywall sheets go up.
The ceiling hallway between bedrooms 1 and 2.
The ceiling hallway between bedrooms 1 and 2. The large rectangle cut out at left is for a return duct. The smaller square cutout is for a jumper duct that will help to equalize air pressure between bedroom 1 and the hallway.
Turning 180 degrees to shoot the ceiling of bath 2.
Turning 180 degrees to shoot the ceiling of bath 2.
The ceiling of bedroom 1.
The ceiling of bedroom 1.
The ceiling over the master bedroom.
The ceiling over the master bedroom.
And the hallway between the master bedroom and master bath.
And the hallway between the master bedroom and master bath.
And, finally, for today, the ceiling of the master bath.
And, finally, for today, the ceiling of the master bath.
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Hanging drywall, day 1

It is finally time to hang drywall. The remodel is moving toward the finish line.

Putting up the ceiling in the library/dining room.
Putting up the ceiling in the library/dining room.
The office ceiling is already up.
The office ceiling is already up.
First sheet of drywall attached to kitchen ceiling; installer cuts out drywall for a ceiling can.
First sheet of drywall attached to kitchen ceiling; installer cuts out drywall for a ceiling can.
And down falls the cut out.
And down falls the cut out.
Minutes later a field of drywall is screwed up against the ceiling of the kitchen and family room.
Minutes later a field of drywall is screwed up against the ceiling of the kitchen and family room.
The crew from Celis Drywall uses their heads -- the time-honored technique for hoisting drywall over your head to the ceiling.
The crew from Celis Drywall uses their heads — the time-honored technique for hoisting drywall over your head to the ceiling.
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Staging drywall

While Steven was traveling to Berlin for ShowStoppers @ IFA, Ron Dahlke arranged for delivery of drywall, stacked nearly everywhere …

In the family room ...
In the family room …
In the library/dining room ...
In the library/dining room, with the family room next door …
In what will be Jadin's bedroom ...
In what will be Jadin’s bedroom …
Upstairs in bedroom 4 ...
Upstairs in bedroom 4 …
And in the master bedroom, with Jacquela walking past.
And in the master bedroom, with Jacquela walking past.
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