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.
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.
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.
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.