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Punch list — windows

Xavier and Greg from Milgard Windows punched out the punch list for the windows.

They replaced screens that did not fit properly, tightly; replaced window cranks that were damaged in shipping or construction; and adjusted several operable windows that were not quite square, level or plumb.

That’s Greg, in photo above, removing one of the lock mechanisms at a window in Steven’s office — before replacing it.

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Are the shades cool, or is it the house?

Austintateous Blinds today delivered the shades ordered weeks ago by Jacquela and Steven. Top down bottom up silhouette cells.

Above, Chris installed the shades in the master bedroom — but did not want his face photographed.

Both shades in the master bedroom, lowered from the top. Steven and Chris tested the blackout capabilities built into the shades. The master turned dark. Perfect.
Both shades in the master bedroom, lowered from the top. Steven and Chris tested the blackout capabilities built into the shades. The master turned dark. Perfect.
The shades in the office ...
The shades in the office. Unlike the master, these shades are not blackouts …
And the single screen that traverses the entire window at the front of the library -- this is almost as wide as Hunter Douglas can make one unit.
And the single screen that traverses the entire window at the front of the library — this is almost as wide as Hunter Douglas can make one unit.

 

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Privacy punch list

The center panel of the door to the master bath was supposed to be opaque glass — ensuring privacy while allowing light to travel through. The door arrived with clear glass. Ron and Steven went back and forth through all the paperwork — and decided it would be easier, faster, smarter to apply an opaque window film to the glass, instead of replacing the door, sanding the door, painting the door …

Steven met the other day with Jonathan Thompson from sunsationalsolutions.com to pick out the film.

Jay arrived today to install it.

The door to the master bath after Jay finished installing the film -- opaque, no longer clear.
The door to the master bath after Jay finished installing the film — opaque, no longer clear.
We bit the bullet and also installed film at the glass door to Steven's office.
We bit the bullet and also installed film at the glass door to Steven’s office.
And to the window in Jadin's bathroom.
And to the window in Jadin’s bathroom.
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Tempering the window

One of the closet doors in Jadin’s bedroom swings open toward the tall window at the back of the room. The City of Austin inspector requires us to replace the conventional glass with tempered.

Landon and Robert from Martel Windows arrived today with the tempered glass.

Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Out comes the window.
Out comes the window.
The structure of the new window -- exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The structure of the new window — exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
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Notes, 10 Feb. 2016

Steven arrived at Emerald Hill about 230 pm to learn that the City of Austin chopped down a tree in the neighbor’s yard to clear obstructions from the power lines. The company hired to do the job — Asplundah — left the branches behind in Steven’s back yard, photo above. Ron Dahlke says Asplundah will be back Thursday. Asplundah has been working all over Northwest Hills, clearing trees from power lines up and down nearly every block.

Ron Dahlke and team cleared the original two-car garage of his desk, a tool box, and more. This is what might be described as a bittersweet milestone -- Ron is preparing to move out of Emerald Hill and the remodel is coming to an end. It is, also, a mile marker for how close we are to done -- and moving in.
Ron Dahlke and team cleared the original two-car garage of his desk, a tool box, and more. This is what might be described as a bittersweet milestone — Ron is preparing to move out of Emerald Hill and the remodel is coming to an end. It is, also, a mile marker for how close we are to done — and moving in.
Team Ranserve installed the window screens today. Hard to see in this photo. Ron and Steven walked the house. There are six screens not yet installed that need to be delivered.
Team Ranserve installed the window screens today. Hard to see in this photo. Ron and Steven walked the house. There are six screens not yet installed that need to be delivered.
Rodriguez from Gilsa Construction hacked away today at the remaining form and hardened concrete spillage left over from pouring the foundation for the new garage bay.
Rodriguez from Gilsa Construction hacked away today at the remaining form and hardened concrete spillage left over from pouring the foundation for the new garage bay.
Elite Air Conditioning began swapping out the straight registers for curved -- as required by the Austin Green Build program.
Elite Air Conditioning began swapping out the straight registers for curved — as required by the Austin Green Build program.
Steven began assembling and test fitting the Ikea Stuva cabinets in the mudroom -- confirming that one of the baseboards will need to be trimmed for the cabinets to fit left to right.
Steven began assembling and test fitting the Ikea Stuva cabinets in the mudroom — confirming that one of the baseboards will need to be trimmed for the cabinets to fit left to right.
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Small steps forward

Ron handed the house over to the painters and one of the HVAC installers.

Above, Benito spends his days working methodically around Emerald Hill, room by room, baseboard by baseboard, wall by wall, hunting down nail holes to fill with putty, paint runs to sand and refinish, scuffed up drywall to touch up. Here he is in the kitchen, working in the cubby that will be home to the refrigerator.

DJ from Elite Air Conditioning arrived with baffles, bulbs and grilles for bathroom ventilation. Here he hooks the grille to the exhaust fan in the ceiling of the laundry room -- after first installing the fan module and motor.
DJ from Elite Air Conditioning arrived with baffles, bulbs and grilles for bathroom ventilation. Here he hooks the grille to the exhaust fan in the ceiling of the laundry room — after first installing the fan module and motor.
In the master shower, DJ installed the Panasonic LED light kit and grille.
In the master shower, DJ installed the Panasonic LED light kit and grille.
This is the LED light that DJ will install in the water closet of the master bath. This LED uses a GU-10 base with two pins. The fins on the side are heat sinks.
This is the LED light that DJ will install in the water closet of the master bath. This LED uses a GU-10 base with two pins. The fins on the side are heat sinks.
JD and his successful install of the GU-10 LED.
JD and his successful install of the GU-10 LED.

With Jacquela’s approval, Steven today ordered shades for the windows in the office, master bedroom and library.

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Notes, 28 Sept. 2015

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.

And Federal Express delivered the first vanities.

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Teach, learn, caulk, measure

Above … Ron Dahlke guides Kevin Rehberg through how to properly toenail studs. Apprentice Kevin is building a new section of wall where Aaron Pratt needs structure for the cabinets he will design, build and install — and for the electric and plumbing lines that will weave through the new lumber. At the back door, Cris works out the door trim he will nail into place — brickmold PVC that will never rot, trimmed into flat stock on the table saw, flipped to put the cut side up against the flashing, leaving the finished side exposed for paint.

From outside, Cris nails the PVC trim into place around the back door off the kitchen and family room.
From outside, Cris nails the PVC trim into place around the back door off the kitchen and family room.
This is the back wall of the kitchen -- or the side of the house, depending on perspective. The cooktop and hood will be installed at left. The sink will be centered under the window, with the dishwasher to the right of the sink. The hole at the bottom of the wall is where the original cooktop vented outside. Cris from Ranserve shimmed the studs with long wedges of lumber, because it leans out about 1/2-inch at the top. The electricians marked the wall to track the wire runs and switches they will install -- and, at right, below the window, the plumbers tacked into place a metal plate that prevents nails from penetrating water lines. This is a busy, hard-working wall.
This is the back wall of the kitchen — or the side of the house, depending on perspective. The cooktop and hood will be installed at left. The sink will be centered under the window, with the dishwasher to the right of the sink. The hole at the bottom of the wall is where the original cooktop vented outside. Cris from Ranserve shimmed the studs with long wedges of lumber, because it leans out about 1/2-inch at the top. The electricians marked the wall to track the wire runs and switches they will install — and, at right, below the window, the plumbers tacked into place a metal plate that prevents nails from penetrating water lines. This is a busy, hard-working wall.
This is the trench carved into the slab by Cris and Kevin -- which the electricians will use to run wire in conduit to outlets mounted in the island.
This is the trench carved into the slab by Cris and Kevin — which the electricians will use to run wire in conduit to outlets mounted in the island.
The painters are caulking the windows, sealing up the house with silicon in preparation for expanding foam insulation. Only the lower portion of each window is caulked. Ron explains that the top and sides will be sealed with foam.
The painters are caulking the windows, sealing up the house with silicon in preparation for expanding foam insulation. Only the lower portion of each window is caulked. Ron explains that the top and sides will be sealed with foam.
The electrical walk continues in the master bath. Steve from Capstone, left, and Ron, doublecheck everything that Steven measured out, ensuring that the center of the sink will properly align with the center of the medicine cabinets -- and where to mount electrical outlets at each side of the shelf above the vanity. This is the second time we've marked these measures, applying the basic rule of building anything -- "measure twice, cut once."
The electrical walk continues in the master bath. Steve from Capstone, left, and Ron, doublecheck everything that Steven measured out, ensuring that the center of the sink will properly align with the center of the medicine cabinets — and where to mount electrical outlets at each side of the shelf above the vanity. This is the second time we’ve marked these measures, applying the basic rule of building anything — “measure twice, cut once.”
Architect Brett Grinkmeyer visited at Steven's request to consult on potential paint colors for the exterior of Emerald Hill. Ron walked Brett and Steven up to the master bedroom, asking for guidance on how to adjust and center all the ceiling lights and air-conditioning vents -- organizing what would otherwise appear to be haphazard, unplanned holes that staggered drunkenly across the ceiling.
Architect Brett Grinkmeyer visited at Steven’s request to consult on potential paint colors for the exterior of Emerald Hill. Ron walked Brett and Steven up to the master bedroom, asking for guidance on how to adjust and center all the ceiling lights and air-conditioning vents — organizing what would otherwise appear to be haphazard, unplanned holes that staggered drunkenly across the ceiling.

Notes from the day:

  • Ross Britton walked Emerald Hill with Ron, auditing the installation of the HVAC ducts.
  • Ron and Steven talked about the staircase demo and rebuild that is planned for later this week — and removal of the oak flooring, in hopes it can be donated to Habitat for re-use.
  • Cris found the wires to the sprinkler system at the back of the garage — this will be important when it’s time to rebuild the sprinkler system.
  • And a series of inspections might start Wednesday this week.
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Mind the gap

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.

DSC_2374The long vertical of the window bends about 1/4 inch. Ron held a level up to the window framing to illustrate.

Here the framers test fit the three narrow windows at the redesigned front entry.
Here the framers test fit the three narrow windows at the redesigned front entry.

Steven asks that the window go back to Milgard for replacement.

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Open / close

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.

Awnings below, fixed glass above.
Awnings below, fixed glass above.

The new windows at the front of the library are open, operable.

The new windows at the back of the family room.
The new windows at the back of the family room.

The new windows at the back of the family room are installed. Here’s the view from inside.

The new family room windows, flashed against water.
The new family room windows, flashed against water.

And from outside.

The new window at the front of bedroom 1.
The new window at the front of bedroom 1.

Marco and Jonathan check level and plumb for the new window at the front of bedroom 1.

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