Day 4 at Emerald Hill, currently renamed “Boxland.” We’re working down the pile of to-do.
Above, with help from Chris at Time Warner, the downstairs and upstairs TVs are now operational. Upstairs, we needed component cables — and Chris tweaked the cable box. Downstairs, the Denon amplifier needed a complete system reboot to wipe Sea Eagle from memory. With that, Steven and Chris built new HDMI settings for video and audio via HDMI, with cable box connected in to amp and amp connected out to Panasonic TV. This process is not plug and play. Read the manual, even if it is written in English as a third language. Closed course, professional drivers only. Just in time to watch primary results …
Rene from El Sol Logistics delivered the hanging bags of clothes that somehow stayed with the moving vans — so Steven’s business slacks and shirts are now recovered. Then El Sol transmitted the bill for the rest of the move, after the deposit is deducted. Yich.
But … Rene did take away some of the flattened boxes for re-use by the next family that El Sol moves.
We switched on the air conditioning last night. First time. Ever. There’s record heat in Austin — 91 degrees. Stupifying.
Saturday morning. Jacquela and Steven visit Emerald Hill.
Above, Jacquela set the correct time on the oven. It’s the only appliance that is powered, so far. Along with the GFCI circuits. The electricians are scheduled to arrive next week to test everything, now that the residential meter is installed and power is delivered to the house.
David Garcia and his team of painters are pulling up the heavy paper that has protected the floors through construction, sweeping out debris and vacuuming the baseboards, then rolling out new, clean paper. It’s amazing to see the hickory floors exposed, however briefly.
It’s cold. It’s windy. The concrete poured yesterday is still visibly damp. It’s going to take a little while to cure. So no is permitted as yet to walk on the new pavers. Gilsa is scheduled to come back Monday bust the forms. That will give the concrete the whole weekend to transpire away water.
That said … the new pavers look really cool, define the exterior of the house, and promise to be functional.
One of the last big jobs … The team from Gilsa Construction is back on site to pour concrete into the forms they built for the concrete walk to the front of the house from the street, along the front and side of the house to the kitchen door, and to the kitchen door from the driveway.
11 am Saturday morning after New Year’s. The framers are trying to get ahead of the job by starting to nail up the Hardieboard siding on the new garage structure.
But … it’s the wrong siding.
We specced 7-inch reveal Hardieboard lap siding with a bevel — the same material used on the house.
Above, the board that the framers are nailing up is flat stock with an oversized joint, completely different from the house.
Steven called Ron. Ron spoke with Lorenzo, one of the two framers onsite at Emerald Hill. We asked Lorenzo to stop. Ron is going to call to get the correct lap siding delivered, the wrong siding picked up and shipped off, and the siding that is already nailed up on the back wall of the garage is going to have to come down.