Daniel and his team of painters sprayed satin white on the doors and door trim downstairs today. The paint was still wet when Steven arrived to take photos.
The door to Steven’s office.
Door casings in Jadin’s bedroom.
Upstairs, above, the painters are spraying the final coat of paint on the walls of what will be the model train room — also known as bedroom 3.
Downstairs, the overspray is scraped off the glass panel in the middle of what will be door to Steven’s office, and the door is vacuumed clean.
The artistic shot above is the interior of the wood forms that Gilsa is building for the front walk. Each is 21 inches wide, four-feet long.
Storing the forms at woodshop outside the garage.
Gilsa extended the forms for the front walk, nearly to the 90-degree corner to the kitchen side door.
That’s outside. Inside, the painters continue, spraying the final paint color, sanding it, prepping for the final layer of paint.
In bright sun, Steven tested the five samples of red that he and Jacquela painted over the weekend — the candidates for the exterior of the new garage shed.
Behr Red Barn wins — at right, the half-painted slab of Hardieboard.
Jacquela picked this one Sunday under overcast skies. Bright sun today confirmed that three of the five candidates turn orange. The fourth slides toward maroon. Barn Red remains true.
The painters continue to prep the house for final painting.
Above, filling nail holes with putty in what will be electronics closet.
This will be the door to Steven’s office. Here it is, primed.
Jacquela and Steven carried the paint samples for the garage exterior out to Emerald Hill.
Today was overcast. We need to see the samples in bright sun.
Barn Red is the horizontal strip of Hardieboard at the top of the samples, with the yellow unpainted end.
The two colors to the left, and the third at lower right, skew toward orange. We are not going to do orange in a state that is crazy about burnt orange. The red sample in the middle at right reads maroon.
A close up shot of the five samples, barn red at top.
The painters are priming everything that is not already primed, including the front door, above.
Here’s what the front door looks like from inside.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 1.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 2.
We are turning the house over to the painters again …
The painters have taped up the house with plastic sheeting to protect the kitchen cabinets, rolled out heavy paper across the hickory floors, taken the slab doors down off their hinges, and set them up in several bedrooms to spray with primer.
Above, upstairs in the trainroom, four doors are already primed.
Here’s the kitchen, wrapped in plastic sheeting.
Doors prepped in bedroom 1 downstairs.
Doors prepped in bedroom 2 — Jadin’s bedroom. With one of the bath vanities wrapped in protective plastic.
Megan visited today — mother of Jadin’s friend Molly. She
loves what we’ve done with the house. Thank you, Megan. She is officially only our second visitor.
Above, Habitat hauled away the last of the items we are donating from Emerald Hill. This is what remains — a collection of single-pane aluminum windows, the old fireplace mantel, and one of the original red-and-white-painted front doors. We’ve done well. We’ve done good.
The painters continue to prep the house for the big painting party that Ron is scheduling to start as early as next week.
The panel system that comprises Jadin’s shower is finally going up, glued into place and pinned into position with two by fours. The right-hand panel is not yet installed.
9 a.m. Monday morning to talk and walk the week ahead.
Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, left, and Mauricio from Gilsa, right, recovering from his heart attack, meet Steven to plan the concrete pour for the garage foundation. We’re aiming for Thursday, depending on city inspections of forms and steelwork. In front of the house, we plan the pavers that will replace part of the walk to the patio, and the landing in front of the porch. The cardboard on the ground approximates the location and size of the landing. The pavers will extend around the front of the house to the site of the former kitchen deck, which Gilsa has removed via Bobcat. Gilsa will now regrade the ex-deck to ensure water flows away from the side door off the kitchen. And … Gilsa will also regrade behind the garage and enlarge the concrete slab to be used for the HVAC condenser. All this will be consequential toward finishing the house.
Above, an army of 10 painters is sanding down the walls and trim, and taping more protective paper over the stairs and floors, preparing the interior of the house for final painting.
Over the weekend, Aaron from Central Texas Custom Cabinets installed the final box — the small cabinet at the top of the pantry at left of the side kitchen door.
Chris from Central Texas Custom Cabinets scribes the “skin” panel that will finish off the end of this run of cabinets at the oven and microwave wall.
The skin that finishes the run of cabinets on the refrigerator wall.
Upstairs in bath 3, Cris from Ranserve, supervised by his shadow, is rebuilding the drain line to ensure that the emergency cleanout is 8 inches off the floor. That elevation ensures we don’t have to cut up the vanity to get access to the cleanout. Cris will repeat this surgery in the master bath, upstairs, and in bath 2, downstairs. After which, he will patch the drywall, then turn the wall over to the painters for sanding, priming, painting — at which point he will finally be able to install the vanities.