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.
Above, late Friday, the forecast is for a weekend of continuous and heavy rain. Ron took it upon himself to haul out a jackhammer badly in need of repair to chip out more stone and concrete and base material from the deck outside the kitchen, carving drainage to channel runoff away from the side door to the kitchen. We know from the history of Emerald Hill that water has penetrated this corner of the house.
Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:
Started prep work on interior trim
Started install on kitchen cabinets
Tile install almost complete
Received remaining interior doors
Received front door
Ordered and picked up shelf material for master shower
Placed order for remaining light fixtures
Verified model numbers for furnace and air handler
Verified electrical switch and plug design
Order glass doors and mirror for bathrooms
Start interior doors and trim
Finish kitchen cabinet install
Measure template for solid surface counters in kitchen
I’ll let you know when the countertop guy is coming out to measure so we can discuss overhang, edge, and support details for the island.
Once we finish trim, we paint, we do flooring, we do misc issues, and then it’s a push to wrap up.
Steven observes — read that last sentence closely — “it’s a push to wrap up.” That is the first acknowledgement that this remodel is going to finish!
Ron Dahlke from Ranserve files this week’s summary report:
Continued on interior paint
Confirmed tile layout
Started tile install
Set cabinet toe kicks
Received interior doors and trim
Started sheetrock patches
Received locker for Jadin’s shower panels
Met with welder on site
Verified light bulbs and ordered
Verified switches and plug styles
Removed old vinyl from bathroom floor
Ordered quartz shelf material for master bath
Above, Ron forgot to mention that more doors were delivered.
Pick up shelves from Austin Stone Works
Continue on paint
Continue on tile
Start interior trim and doors
Start setting cabinets Thursday
Receive front door
SouthStar Bank paid draw 4 to Ranserve
Steven and Jacquela are considering red glass tile for the kitchen backsplash — because back-painted glass painted red is ridiculously expensive and the vendor refuses to warranty it against breakage.
Michelle at Ranserve compiled the first estimated budget for the garage addition. Steven compiled 10 questions, sent them to Mark Rehberg. Steven and Mark are planning to meet to discuss the budget and run through the questions.
Ron asks Steven and Jacquela to select grouts and grout colors by no later than 23 October.
Ron and Steven opened up every box of the kitchen tile to sort through the two patterns. They stacked the linear pattern in the kitchen for use in that floor. They stacked the mottled pattern in the garage, along with a pile of “transitional” tile that includes both patterns, for use in the mudroom and pantry. Heavy tile. Dusty. Sweaty work. Steven has new respect for the muscles of tile setters. This was Ron’s idea. A very good idea. Don’t ask the tile setters to separate wheat from chaff.
Steven and Jacquela are meeting 17 October with Tracy at Lights Fantastic to finalize light selections for Ron to order; and with the garage door company to get that decision made.
Steven met with Brian Chilton, metalworker, to discuss the balusters for the stairway, a metal handrail to match, and a bracket to mount a metal mask over the fireplace.
Talked with tile setter, cabinet maker, and interior door company about schedule
Called Ferguson, no news about delivery of shower insert
Completed small repairs to electrical in kitchen
Checked in with Austin stone works about countertops. Everything good.
Start tape and float process
Meet with glass company on site Tuesday
Steven makes this observation — the walls are now up, drywall is hung, and all the systems behind the drywall are roughed-in — electrical, low voltage, plumbing, HVAC, exterior, windows, inspection after inspection. This means we are advancing toward completion and moving in. The remodeling process feels like it is steaming ahead and sliding toward done. There’s still a lot to do — flooring, cabinets, taping and floating and priming and interior painting, plumbing and electrical finish out, interior doors and door hardware, etc. But we are no longer saving this house from itself. Demo is behind us. Framing is behind us. Discovering structural issues that must be fixed is behind us. We are shifting gears …