Above, Cris from Ranserve finished hanging plywood on the walls of what will be the library/dining room — both side walls. Drywall will cover the plywood. Steven will use the plywood backing behind the drywall to support bookshelves.
Look how clean this room is — swept, with no building supplies and brick rubble laid out on the floor!
Kevin Rehberg, apprentice builder, son of Mark, the president of Ranserve, the builder at Emerald Hill — Kevin cleaned up the house after an intense week with framers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC and other teams working in the house, quality-control inspections, and multiple deliveries. The house looks superb. The floors are swept. Lumber is piled neatly. Shattered brick is shoveled out to the boneyard. All the HVAC peel-and-stick trash is gone. This attention to detail should not go unremarked, unrecognized.
Draw 2. Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, signed off on the work done to date. Steven countersigned and submitted paperwork to Larry at South Star Bank for payment of draw 2 to Ranserve via wire transfer.
Framing and rough-in plumbing. Almost complete.
Flooring. Jacquela and Steven are scheduled to meet Monday to explore flooring options, now that two flooring experts recommend against trying to refinish existing oak floors. This is going to hurt the budget.
Draw 2. Ranserve today delivered by email to the Leons and Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, the paperwork for payment of draw 2. Six figures. No surprise. Ranserve has transformed the house in one month, moving forward from demo. Brett will inspect the work and, if he signs off on it, Steven will confirm the draw and submit it to South Star Bank for payment.
Save the oak floors? 24 hours after a flooring expert advised against trying to refinish the existing oak floor downstairs, Mark, Steven and Jacquela continue to explore options and budgets. Stay tuned.
Monday this week, Ron Dahlke and the framers discovered that the frame of one of the front windows bowed inward. In photo above, it is the second window from right — the first of the three smaller vertical windows that transfer light into the entry hall.
Ron called Sean Miller at Martel Windows & Doors. Sean today dispatched Landon Price, operations manager. Sean reports:
Landon de-glazed the window (removed the glass), straightened the frame, and reinstalled the glass. The glass in most windows is held in to place by 3M glazing tape, basically heavy duty double sided tape. Sometimes in the factory when they set the glass they do not have the frame straighten and the glazing tape and glass hold that un-straight edge. All we did was set it straight. No special care is needed, warranty is not affected. Landon is factory trained and does this sort of thing for a myriad of different reasons on a daily basis.
At the right side of the fireplace, Albert from Custom Plumbing chisled out the open chase behind the brick. He removed the old gas line that no longer meets code and installed a new run of steel pipe, working across the family room ceiling, turning the pipe 90 degrees and traveling down the chase.
It’s taken about a week but the team from Custom Plumbing is, according to Albert, 24-48 hours away from completing rough-in, mapping and installing the basic lines without making the final connections, getting ready for the plumbing inspector.
Everything has been checked with a level as each joint is glued — it’s meticulous work to ensure proper pitch for waste drainage.
Above, a vertiginous look from below at the pipe runs between the ceiling joists and up the wall of what will be bath 3 upstairs.
Above — the boneyard in the driveway continues to grow. It’s astounding how much old wood has been carved out Emerald Hill’s skeleton — undersized, termite weakened, insufficient for the house that Emerald Hill is becoming.
Potential garage addition. Ron and Steve met with architect Brett Grinkmeyer to begin planning a potential third garage bay; Jadin will be driving soon and Steven’s tablesaw needs a home.
Stairway. Ron and Brett continued separately to review design plans for the stairway. Ron plans to demo the existing stairs next week, building new to code.
Structured wiring. Steven met with a candidate to install structured wiring — phone, network, AV, alarm, etc.
Save the oak floors? Ron and Steven met with a flooring expert. We might not be able to save and refinish the existing oak floors. More info to come.
HVAC. Kyle from Elite Heating & Air Conditioning inspected the install to date by his team. Steven took the opportunity to ask about adding a third duct into the Great Room — the combination of the family room and kitchen. Kyle advises against — it will compromise airflow elsewhere in the house, and the additional airflow will not be needed. Steven opts to have Ron expand the vertical chase in the laundry room on the second floor, to make it easier to install this potential duct run more easily, if we discover it is needed while we live in the house.
Foam insulation. Mark Rehberg and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve advise Steven it will cost $400 additional to insulate the entire exterior envelope of the house with expanding foam, instead of blown in, not just the attic. Steven knows from insulating Sea Eagle View with foam 11 years ago that this is the smarter route. Steven approves the additional cost. Ranserve will deliver change order.
The range hood. Jacquela and Steven choose the final appliance, a Zephyr Brisas range hood. Kristin at Harway updates the paperwork. Jacquela and Steven to review. Steven sends specs to Ron for HVAC team to frame in ducting at kitchen wall.
Barry and Albert from Custom Plumbing asked if we’re running gas to an outdoor grill? Yes. Gas to the fireplace? Yes. Gas to the cooktop? No. Gas to the dryer? No. They decide to locate a T fitting in the attic, and to cap one branch of the T, to give the next owner of Emerald Hill the ability to remodel more gas fixtures into the house.
Cris from Ranserve stepped into the master bath with Steven to design the wall framing and blocking needed for medicine cabinets, shelves and the vanity. It took 20 minutes to test various approaches, using scrap lumber to mock up the furniture. Then we opened up the shipping box with the medicine cabinet and, with help from Ron, quickly determined that the medicine cabinet must be surface mounted; it cannot be inset into the wall. Why? It comes with a nifty motion sensor to switch on and off the built-in LED lighting. So … we threw out the idea of framing a double wall of studs, since the medicine cabinets will “float” on the wall above the vanity.
Steven met with Renee from Prosource to select tile to cover the front porch, inside the front entry behind the front door, and as a floor-height hearth in front of the fireplace. Jadin helped to select a porcelain tile that looks like poured concrete with a little color running through it as if they are mineral deposits. That adds “life” to the illusion. Now Renee has to price it …