Above, Luis from Landers Flooring is back to remove and replace one stair tread. The balusters for this tread were drilled in the wrong place. Today, Luis removed the balusters and existing hickory tread, then fitted the replacement. At the end of the day, he clearcoated it with polyurethane.
There is nothing that Cris from Ranserve can’t do. Framing. Drywall. Concrete. Electrical. Plumbing. Hang fans. Think ahead, plan how to do it.
Today, above, he’s up on the roof, trimming limbs back to clear the route that the City of Austin will use to connect the house to electrical service at telephone pole behind the house.
Emerald Hill today passed one of the biggest final hurdles — step 1 of the electrical inspection. Ron and Capstone Electric are now permitted to power up the house — after Steven gets Austin Energy to send its crew to connect power from the pole.
Ron Dahlke and the electricians are aiming to call for the inspection this week that allows us to turn on electrical power inside Emerald Hill.
Everyone’s pulling hard. We want to turn the lights on.
Above, Steve and Beau from Capstone Electric installed the track lights in what will be the model train room, aka bedroom 3. The light in the center of the ceiling is temporary — inspection apparently requires installation of a fixture, not a blank plate for the owner to come back later to install a ceiling fan, which is Steven’s plan.
Above, Celis hung drywall on two walls in the garage — the front wall closest to the street, and the back wall around the exit door. This should be the final sheets of drywall to go up at Emerald Hill.
We counted out the runs of track. There are four 8-footers and two 2-footers for the train room. That’s correct. There are four two-footers for the office downstairs. That’s wrong. Tracy at Lights Fantastic stepped through the paperwork to discover the error. Two 8-footers and two 6-footers will be delivered early next week.
Which means … Steve the electrician and Ron are pushing for an electrical inspection tomorrow. The electrical boxes in the office must be populated with lights. Ron advises he will locate temporary fixtures.
Jacquela and Steven arrived at Ikea in Round Rock as the store opened. Steven wrestled two orange, yellow and blue Ikea Family cards from the kiosk in the lobby. Bridgette arrived. She works with Jacquela at Schwab — and is probably just as much a fan of Ikea as Steven; she showed pictures of the closet and desks that she and her husband planned and assembled as we walked the store.
Steven had a shopping list. Long. Detailed.
We configured Pax closets for the master closet and for Jadin’s bedroom. We configured Stuva storage and benches for the mudroom. We picked up the Striberg linear LED lights with motion sensors needed for closets throughout the house.
Bridgette offered to help transport everything to Emerald Hill in her new Ford Explorer. As if we would say no.
Bridgette filled a cart with items on her shopping list.
And then we hit the warehouse armed with “pick lists” and two flatbed carts.
At checkout, Ikea Family saved more than $200 on the bill.
We loaded Steven’s Honda Element to the weight limit. The Explorer got the really long boxes; this is one of the few times Steven misses the old minivan.
We took lunch at In-N-Out, sitting outside. “Vitamin D,” exclaimed Bridgette, showing pictures of the house in Baltimore she grew up in.
At Emerald Hill, Jacquela gave Bridgette a tour, Steven prepped space in the garage, and we built the stack of flat-pack boxes in the photo above and below.
The clothes rods, baskets and other accessories are stacked neatly in the pantry.
Steven propped each light against a door where it needs to be installed, to help Ron identify precisely what goes where.
Now we need permission from Ron to assemble and install cabinets …
Ron and the electricians are working toward the inspection that allows us to turn on power inside Emerald Hill.
Steven and Steve the electrician walked the house today, talking through electrical questions, fixtures, the track lighting fittings that are not correct; the niche lighting in the entry hall that Steven has to think twice about; the exterior lights with motion sensors that Steven has to purchase for the kitchen door, back door and new garage bay; the stair lights that have to be cut into drywall and mounted …
Above, working at the back of the garage, where the power cable from the pole will connect to the house, Steve slices the shielding away from the master cable that will supply power to electrical panel in the upstairs electrical closet.
Steve’s team of electricians climbed all over and through the house today.
Steven is back from a week away at the Consumer Electronics Show. He walked Emerald Hill today with Jacquela.
Steven observes: Ron put in a productive week, playing in the house without Steven underfoot …
Ron picked up the lighting and other fixtures from Lights Fantastic And the electricians went to work.
Above, the ceiling fan is installed in Steven’s office. Still to come, the track lighting.
Steven took delivery today of more Schlage locksets purchased from Amazon at nearly 40 percent savings over the “big box” stores. Everything should now be on site in preparation for installation.
Ron Dahlke from Ranserve opened up doors and drawers at Emerald Hill to surprise Steven with several other deliveries.
Above, this device from Hafele features two power outlets and two USB charging ports. It will be installed into the countertop of the island, to power appliances and charge devices. It pops up when needed, disappears below the island countertop when idle. Cool. Suggested by Aaron at Central Texas Custom Cabinets.
Jonathan at Push Pull Open Close also delivered a small carton packed with brown paper bags, each one labeled. Inside each bag is one set of hardware to open, close and latch each pocket door.
The team from Gilsa Construction progresses with the garage addition.
Above, using a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails and bolts, the sole plate of the back wall of the garage has been sliced free from the foundation. Next, it is braced.