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Week ending 15 Nov. 2015

Above — Saturday afternoon. A surprise. The concrete team is filling sandbags to form up the beams of the garage foundation, and base rock is delivered in two piles in the driveway.

Ron Dahlke from Ranserve files this week’s summary.

This week:

  • Continued on interior trim
  • Reset drains for cabinets
  • Started sheetrock repairs
  • Cut in perimeter beam on new garage
  • Ordered window for garage
  • Set temporary power pole and scheduled for transfer
  • Placed hardware order
  • Placed glass door order for bathrooms
  • Scheduled welder for his install mid December.

Next week:

  • Finish Interior trim
  • Tile setter to return for misc repairs
  • Start interior paint prep on trim and doors
  • Set countertops
  • Delivery of remaining plumbing fixtures
  • Set compacted fill for new garage
  • Install rebar for slab
  • Call in for inspections on slab
  • Order framing pack
  • Dale with Landers Flooring has moved his install to the week starting Nov 30.
  • We will proceed with interior paint and misc items until the floors start.
  • Let’s finalize the backsplash tile next week
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Week ending 6 Nov. 2015

Above — delivered earlier this week, the base cabinets have been moved into the pantry hallway for installation.

Patrick installs the skirt board along the stairs.
Peter installs the skirt board along the stairs.

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:

This week:

  • Installed interior doors
  • Started trim
  • Continued on cabinet install
  • Finished template of countertops
  • Started removal of patio
  • Started excavation of soil for new garage
  • Site visit by Harway appliance installer

Next week:

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.

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Week ending 30 Oct. 2015

Ron Dahlke reports this week’s construction summary:

This week:

  • Selected and grouted tile
  • Primed remaining trim
  • Met trim carpenters and discussed details
  • Template for kitchen sink countertop
  • Continued on cabinet install
  • Started install on shower panels in Jadin’s bathroom

Next week:

  • Continue on cabinets
  • Continue on doors and trim
  • Final measurements for glass doors
  • I was able to order the missing  “h” track for the bathroom panels. They will take two weeks to come in.
  • I scheduled the floor install for starting November 23.
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Week ending 23 Oct. 2015

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. 

In the dark of the mudroom, working by flashlight on her cell phone, Jacquela examines the final interior door delivered to Emerald Hill -- the door to the master bath. Steven is not certain this is the proper door. Behind the protective coating, the glass appears to be clear. It is supposed to be translucent. Something to check.
In the dark of the mudroom, working by flashlight on her cell phone, Jacquela examines the final interior door delivered to Emerald Hill — the door to the master bath. Steven is not certain this is the proper door. Behind the protective coating, the glass appears to be clear. It is supposed to be translucent. Something to check.

 

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • 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

Next week:

Grout tile

  • 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!

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Week ending 16 Oct. 2015

Ron Dahlke from Ranserve files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • 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.

Next week:

  • 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

Steven adds:

  • 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.
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Week ending 2 Oct. 2015

This week’s summary filed by Ron Dahlke of Ranserve:

This week:

  • Finished floating wall board
  • Finished sanding wall board
  • Discussed with Brett and determined trim details
  • Selected all interior paint colors
  • Removed dumpster
  • Received cabinets for bathrooms

Next week:

  • Meet with Anchor Ventana
  • Prime all interior sheetrock walls
  • Paint ceiling
  • Remove all floor coverings and clean
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Week ending 26 Sept. 2015

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary:

This week:

  • Finished hanging drywall
  • Inspected and passed wall board install
  • Met with Martel about large bedroom window
  • 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.

Next week:

  • 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 …

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Week ending 18 Sept. 2015

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • Delivered tile
  • Finished low voltage
  • Started wall board install
  • Finished exterior paint
  • Installed shower inserts

Next week:

  • Finish wall board install
  • Inspect wall board
  • Start tape and float
  • Reschedule habitat pick up
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Week ending 11 Sept. 2015

Ron Dahlke at Ranserve files this week’s report:

This week:

  • Set plumbing for pot filler
  • Selected low voltage company and started prewire
  • Hvac passed duct leakage test thru ATS.
  • Continued on exterior paint
  • Received replacement panel for mud room shower
  • Tile delivered to Austin

Next week:

  • Install surrounds on two shower stalls
  • Complete low voltage prewire
  • Start wallboard install mid week
  • Deliver tile to house
  • Habitat pick up for donated items
  • Finish exterior paint
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Week ending 14 Aug. 2015

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • Completed and passed COA electrical rough inspection
  • Started HVAC repairs
  • Received some of the shower inserts — one broken, it was reordered, and one still in route
  • Replaced yard water line and passed COA inspection
  • Sprayed in shower pan liner
  • Completed brick pockets at soffits
  • Completed brick at front of house
  • Received cedar for patio at entry
  • Received approval on stairwell materials
  • Completed final penetrations through roof
  • Confirmed tile measurements
  • Ordered  3 step lights from Tracey at Lights Fantastic
  • Confirmed front door specs
  • Ordered pick up for dumpster full of trash
  • Received final exhaust fans

Next week:

  • Complete HVAC repairs
  • Complete plumbing top out
  • Complete stairwell
  • Call in COA inspection on above three items
  • Cover water yard line
  • Install cedar siding at entry
  • Roofer scheduled Monday to do repairs
  • Send tile measurements to Renee for quote
  • Ordered treatment of first floor framing with Better Choice Pest Control for Thursday
  • Install daylight drain for utility room
  • Insulate behind upstairs tub before installation
  • Call in for HVAC duct leakage test with ATS Engineering
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