Early start to walk the house with Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, prepping for the week ahead and closing out this week.
Above, with temps in the high 30s, Ernesto works in short sleeves, building out the forms for the walk along the side of the house to the kitchen door, then turning 90 degrees to pace out to the driveway. Concrete for these pads is scheduled for the week of 28 December.
Above, the team from Gilsa Construction is busting the forms off the new garage slab poured last week. The slab is now covered with plastic sheeting — as Mauricio says — to help prevent people damaging it with hammers, dropping paint, etc.
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.
Jared Hohensee purchased the house next door to remodel and flip it. He proposed a three-neighbor project to replace the fence across the sides and back of that lot, asking Steven and Jacquela to share the cost of the shared side fence. Steven said yes.
Today, the crew ripped out the old rotted cedar slats and posts, and began planting new steel posts into cement.
It’s 19 weeks plus 5 days since Ranserve started demo. That’s 138 days, counting weekends — and only the drywallers have worked a weekend at Emerald Hill, so far. Subtract 38 Saturdays and Sundays and, surprise, we are 100 days into saving Emerald Hill from itself and resurrecting it. Wow.
At the request of Larry at SouthStar Bank, Steven walked around the exterior to photograph what the house looks like at this point from outside.
Above, the front elevation — painted brick at the first floor, Hardie Board siding at the second floor, stained cedar at the front porch, with the temporary door still installed at the front entry. That new front door is expected to arrive next week.