Above, Steven swept up and collected these “bullets” left behind by Basem as he installed the platforms for the kitchen cabinets. The empty shells have been fired. The shells with tips are still “live ammo” capable of driving the pin nail at right into the concrete slab when hammered with a nail gun. We will not be leaving these lying around.
Julian and his crew of tile setters arrived about 9 am. Steven walked the tile patterns and layouts with Julian. One open question is — there are apparently two distinct designs in the tile selected for the kitchen floor. One is linear. The other is mottled. Steven hopes there is enough linear to cover the kitchen floor, and enough mottled to use in the mudroom, mudroom bath and pantry — to help delineate the spaces. We won’t know until Julian opens all the boxes.
Kyle from Cowart arrived about 930 to teach Steven about garage doors. We might be able to save and refurbish the existing door, at several hundred dollars. But it still needs a new motor and remote — Steven is holding out for wi-fi and Internet access to the garage door controls. Kyle reports this can all be packaged with a new door, with full warranty, for about $1,000, total. Steven and Jacquela will continue this conversation Saturday when we meet with Kamla.
So how did Christopher Columbus “discover” America if Native Americans already lived across North, Central and South America, in civilizations thousands of years old?
That’s today’s conundrum.
Back at Emerald Hill …
Ron Dahlke and Steven took inventory of the doors delivered by BMC West. We believe half the order is still to come.
Ron and Steve triple-checked the count of passage, privacy, dummy and pocket door handles; Steven can now order the handles.
Steven scheduled a meeting for Tuesday with Victor Martinez to talk about cutting off sprinklers where the garage extension will be built, and installing a new sprinkler control system — when it’s time. It will soon be time.
Ron met with the roofer, who reports we will need to vent the garage roof with either a “mushroom” or a ridge vent as part of the garage construction. There is already one mushroom vent, but the enlarged space will need more ventilation. Luckily, we have three mushrooms stored on the driveway waiting for donation to Habitat. More details to come.
Kevin Rehberg continued to chip out the existing oak flooring, which cannot be saved.
Ron reports that the kitchen cabinets might arrive as soon as next week!
Ron and Steven met yesterday with Ed King from Binswanger Glass to talk about glass doors for showers and “water closets,” aka toilets behind doors. Earlier in the week, Ron met separately with Anchor Ventana. Today, Jacquela and Steven received the first estimates on what it might cost to buy and install the doors. It’s twice the amount budgeted. Why? First part of the answer — when Ranserve compiled the working budget it did not properly account for all the glass doors, even though they are detailed in the architectural plans. Second part of answer — Steven did not pay enough attention to this line item and all the glass doors when reviewing the plans. Now we have to decide which doors to eliminate, as one approach; or which glass doors to replace with wood doors and frames; or which glass doors to keep. With any of the three approaches, there will be a change order coming. Yich.
Lowe’s is selling a two-pack of 4-inch LEDs for ceiling cans for $20. That is HALF the non-sale price. Steven checked with the electricians to make absolutely certain these LEDs are correct. They are. Off he went to Lowe’s, coming back with 11 two-packs — a total of 22 LEDs. One more than actually needed. But half the cost of missing the sale price. The LEDs are 2700K, what the industry identifies as “warm white,” which Steven sees as conventional yellow-cast light with his aging eyes. But these will work well when installed in the hallways. We will reserve 3500K or 4000K “cool white” or “bright white” 6-inch LEDs for use in the rooms that we spend time in, instead of halls we walk through. Lowe’s also has two-packs of 6-inch LEDs, also for $20, a killer price savings, but these are also 2700K, too yellow. Lowe’s does not at this point carry cool white LEDs at anything less than $40 each, sometimes more, a lot more. Every dollar counts.
The painters continue priming the walls in the house and almost all the ceilings are now painted with one coat of the final “pure white” from Sherwin Williams. The interior of the house glows — bright, clean. The spaces feel so much bigger than when we bought the house, when most rooms and hallways were painted a shade of yellow. Paint is magic.
Brett Grinkmeyer, Jacquela and Steven signed off on draw #4. Kathleen at Ranserve will submit it to the bank for payment.
Suddenly, surely, wonderfully … Emerald Hill is becoming “done.”
All it took was nine hours, a crew of six, sandpaper, ladders, brushes, face masks — a several five-gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams primer and sealer. White.
Ranserve has been working since 1 June toward this day. The painters have taken over the house. The structural wounds are laboriously healed. The plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation, windows, framing, drywall are laboriously healed. All that work to save Emerald Hill from itself transforms with the tick of a compressor, the hiss of a hose, the click of a trigger, the stream of paint emerging from the tip of a spray gun.
NASA today reports there is water on Mars. Now we have to look for those canals. The presidents of Iran, Russia and the US spoke at the UN. World Peace was not declared. Last night, there was a total lunar eclipse. Steven took out the telescope. Jacquela marveled. Randy and his son Owen walked across the street to peer through the lens. Owen was excited, asking questions. Jadin could not be distracted from talking with her friends via Skype.
Meanwhile, today, back at Emerald Hill, Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, and Steven met to consider options for the tall window at the back of Jadin’s bedroom. If we crank it open, it hits the underside of the eave and is blocked by the back side of the fascia from opening completely. We chose to make this window larger and taller to allow more daylight into Jadin’s bedroom. Now we discover the consequences. The design team coalesced around one idea — extending the roof line out about one foot and raising the eave behind the “eyebrow” to create three to four inches of additional clearance for the window when completely opened. Brett will sketch it if Ron needs plans. But Ron thinks he has this figured out and will instruct head carpenter Cris through the cutting and nailing.
The design team also tackled ideas for the door trim and baseboard, and where to put electrical outlets in the proposed garage extension.
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.