At the right side of the fireplace, Albert from Custom Plumbing chisled out the open chase behind the brick. He removed the old gas line that no longer meets code and installed a new run of steel pipe, working across the family room ceiling, turning the pipe 90 degrees and traveling down the chase.
Ron and Cris from Ranserve checked every window at Emerald Hill for level, plumb and square.
This window did not pass muster — one of the three narrow/tall windows designed to spill natural light behind the front door and up the stairs, transforming the original dark entry with purposeful geometry and lumens.
Steven asks that the window go back to Milgard for replacement.
Yesterday, Ron Dahlke and the framers asked Steven where to put the shelves in the shower, and where to nail up blocking for the vanity. 24 hours later, the lumber is nailed up — and the plumbers have already drilled into the subfloor for the linear drain.
The framers moved outside the house to start hanging the fiber cement siding from James Hardie — delivered 21 July, non-combustible, durable, smooth sided for the modern look we want.
It’s pre-primed a shade of yellow that is — ironically — a near-perfect match for the original exterior color painted on the original cedar siding that we removed after 50+ years of service.
Tasked by Mark and Ron from Ranserve, Jacquela and Jadin have a weekend job — picking out exterior paint colors for the house.
Above, Roberto, right, and Jonathan, left, work at the corner of the master bedroom. Below, Steven stepped through the windows off the master bedroom, onto the roof, to shoot this photo of the new siding, up close, nailed up across the front of the second floor.
A prior remodel installed a skylight into the roof over what was the master bathroom, which was also remodeled at the same time. We guess.
A skylight over what will be the laundry and utility room makes no sense to the Leons — especially when it intrudes into the ideal location for the attic ladder.
So out it comes, for donation to Habitat.
Above, the skylight, removed, ready to go to Habitat.
The roof is now closed up with plywood and lumber. And the framing is in place for the new attic ladder.
Above, Cris from Ranserve bores the hole for the door bolt while relocating the original door 90 degrees, to be used now as a construction entry.
The new windows at the front of the library are open, operable.
The new windows at the back of the family room are installed. Here’s the view from inside.
And from outside.
Marco and Jonathan check level and plumb for the new window at the front of bedroom 1.
Yesterday, the brick exterior wall at the back of the kitchen was cut open for the new, larger window over the kitchen sink — and the original sliding glass door was still in place.
Today, the framing crew cut open the wall to add the new window to Steven’s office, and then mounted the new office and kitchen windows into place.
Here’s the new window in the office, from inside the office. More light!
And the sliding glass door has been removed. The brick wall here will be extended to the right, toward the garage. A new 36-inch wide exterior door will slot into the corner with the garage.
Here is the sliding glass door, removed, ready for donation to Habitat.
Delivered today. Installed today. Ron Dahlke is NOT wasting time.
From left … casements at the loft, fixed window over the stairwell, awning at the laundry room.
Photo shot by Jacquela using her Galaxy 5.