November 25, 2012
It was a busy week at the house with plumbing and lighting fixtures and many finishes being installed from door hardware to tile back splashes. Byron described the scene as a circus at times with so many subs all in the house at the same time. While things were a bit slower due to the holiday this week (understandably), we did still some progress on Friday and the weekend. It was pretty exciting to see so many fixtures being installed in the house this week, from finish / trim electric to finish plumbing and many other details, more and more is looking close to completion. Tons of pictures below this week as there was much that was new from last week!
The plumber worked very efficiently and has nearly all of the fixtures installed at this point. We have toilets, faucets, shower heads, etc. all nearly complete (no running water yet!). He has one more day of work to do this next week and we’ll have hot water heaters, on demand hot water units, and the last of the trim installed and nearly ready for that inspection.
Likewise the electrician was also making progress on trim work, with nearly of the light fixtures installed this week including all of the chandeliers in the great room, dining room, and bedroom. Most of the ceiling mount lights installed and all of the can lights complete. He has another day to finish light fixtures on the inside and outside, and then he has to complete the generator connections, appliance connections, etc. But he should wrap up most of his work this week.
The painters continued to find things to paint and stain on the inside and outside but were slowing down this week waiting for all the remaining interior finish work to wrap up before final coats go on the walls. The framer was back on site starting to build out the columns under the breezeway roof (see below). And the trim carpenter was on site installing all the door hardware and dropping off the pickets and handrails for the back deck so those can go on this upcoming week. It’s nice to have the doors done at this point and have all the hardware installed. We selected an oil rubbed bronze finish to match door hinges and window hardware (and the exterior metal roof accents).
The front sidewalks were poured and we like having those in place, less mud and dirt being tracked into the house now. And it really defines our future planting beds in the front.
The kitchen island did show up to our relief. It looks amazing. Noel and the cabinet-maker custom designed this when they designed the kitchen the taper legs on the island, the dentil brackets that will support the countertop, the built-in bookcases on either end… it all looks really great. The cabinet doors and the glass doors for the bookcases will come soon. The bookcases match the design of the built-in bookcases on the other end of the great room and will Noel a place to store her cookbooks and cooking magazines in the kitchen. We only have cell phone pictures of the island below, by the time we got there this weekend with the real camera the island had been wrapped up in brown paper to protect it.
Tile back splashes were all installed this week and several photos of those are below. The tile for the back splashes look great and we love the subway tile in the kitchen and the onyx tile in the lower level kitchen. Tile walls and floors were all sealed this weekend as well. And the glass company was out and installed the heavy, frame-less shower doors for both walk-in showers and the mirrors in the frames that the cabinet-maker created.
The hardwood floors were cleaned and sanded for two days and this weekend were being prepped for stain. The stain will go on today (Sunday) and then poly tonight and then should be ready for the crews to walk on it tomorrow. Next weekend will be the final coat. We have seen a sneak peek of the dark stain and it looks great, the great room, kitchen, dining room and breakfast room will look completely different by this time next weekend.
It was a very busy week at the house and despite being a holiday week / weekend, a lot was accomplished. We did have some minor set-backs during the week… some of which I will share because they are undoubtedly funny in hindsight. Because the pool is still not running, a family of ducks moved into the pool and were happily paddling around the pool. The neighbors dog ran through our freshly poured concrete sidewalk, thankfully the crew was still on site and could fix it but he decided it was so much fun that he did it again later when no one was around. Luckily it had set up enough that we have only small dimples of paw prints. And the pool electric has still not passed its inspection to my utter exasperation. We took the builder’s electrician off that job and brought in the guy who normally does the pool electrical work for the pool company. It took him a day to fix what was wrong and finish what has half done. $1,000 later and it’s done but then the county inspector refused to inspect it or sign off on it on Wednesday because the home owner wasn’t personally on site for the inspection. $60 re-inspection fee and we’ll try again this week. Not happy about that whole mess.
The week ahead should be a big one for us. The landscape crew will be on site Monday to bring in top soil and apply the finish grade to the back and front yards. That will allow the fence company to start on the backyard (required by code since we have a pool of course) on Tuesday and hopefully complete all the fence work this week. The plumber should finish on Monday. The electricians should wrap up this week with the last of the lights, exterior lights, under cabinet lights and the generator work. The floors will be stained and finished as I mentioned. The trim carpenter should be wrapping up. The framers should finally finish the back deck and install all the railings, pickets and gate at the breezeway stairs to the backyard. The last piece of countertop should go on the island. And believe it or not, the carpets go in on Thursday (assuming that is we’re ready but we’re scheduled for Thursday and Byron is pushing to ensure we are, he thinks we will be). The engineered hardwood floor will go on the lower level… Byron says that by next weekend we’ll be a socks only construction site on the interior.
So a lot of work to finish up this week, and then next week is the first week of December. We won’t be ready for move in that week but should be in punch list mode and starting on the long list of final inspections. Those final inspections are sure to create a punch list of their own. So we’re thinking we’re three weeks away from a C/O and move in. Should be lots of exciting changes each week at this point. Tons of photos of this week are below.
Thanks for following our blog. We hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Doug and Noel
Sidewalks are in, trim around the front door has been painted and the new cedar columns on the front porch have now been stained. Since these columns are of rough cut cedar, their finish looks different then the smooth, nearly furniture grade cedar used in the timbers over the entrance.
The remaining siding and trim around the door have now all been painted.
Kitchen island from cell phone camera (the island had been covered in protective craft paper by the time we got there with the camera this weekend), the taper legs on all four corners, the dentil shelves / brackets around the top… and the built-in bookcases on either end of the island were all parts of Noel’s custom design for our Craftsman island. We love how it came out, looks fantastic. (I may have had a hand in the suggestion of the bookcases on each end, but we’ll keep that between us.)
Another view of the island. Cabinet doors will go on this side and glass doors for the bookcases on either end.
Kitchen tile backsplash was installed this week and looks amazing! Noel selected a green (with some grey in it to my eye!) in a subway tile. It really looks great and had long been a vision Noel had for the kitchen, we love subway tile and this hand-glazed tile has just enough variation in one tile to the next.
Beautiful tile design / mosaic for the cooktop backsplash.
Great room all cleared out and cleaned out and the floors nearly finished being sanded and ready for stain this weekend.
Lower level entrainment room kitchen has had its tile backsplash and pendant lights installed and is really looking quite finished!
Close-up of the onyx tile backsplash. The tiles are really miniature subway tiles with all the natural variation of onyx but mostly in yellows and some browns so a great compliment to the colors Noel has picked for this room.
Love how all these colors and textures are coming together!
Tiffany style pendants over the bar in the entertainment room kitchen on the lower level. The yellow and green design is something Noel picked out to reflect the faint yellow / off white wall color and creamy cabinet color in this level and the green sofa and club chair that will go in this level when we’re moved in.
This style light is being used in the foyer, over the stairs, short hallway to the powder room and the staircase in the office.
chandeliers in the great room, round fixtures from Restoration Hardware that look like a ring of candles on a bronze base.
Light fixture in the walk-in closets.
Chandelier in the master bedroom, ceiling and the ceiling trim design have all now been painted in final coat. We really like that there is just a bit of contrast in the ceiling design (semi-gloss) and the ceiling (flat).
Great room with island now in place, chandelier and school-house light fixtures over the island. Everything is very dusty as a result of the hardwood floors being sanded over the course of multiple days.
Powder room on the main floor had its fixtures installed (and is now staging area for the floor sanding equipment and doors temporarily relocated here as the floors get finished.) The plumbing fixtures are all from Kohler’s Bancroft line which is modeled off what you would have seen in the 1920’s when Craftsman style was popular in some parts of the country.
Shower doors in both walk in showers were installed this week (couldn’t get any closer for this photo as the marble floors had just been sealed.)
Kohler fixtures installed in our master bath, mirrors installed in the custom frames the cabinet maker had made.
Plumbing fixtures installed in Sarah’s bathroom, mirror installed in the frame, tile floors and walls (shower) also sealed.
Guest bath with fixtures and mirror now installed… lights will be next.
As the architect’s plans call for and you can see in his drawing of the house on the top of our blog page, the breezeway roof is supported by four columns. Since the breezeway is supported by the two long LVLs for structural support, these are purely for visual interest. So because they are not load bearing, these are pressure treated frames which will be wrapped in cedar like the ones in the front and then stained to match. This had been waiting for the breezeway concrete walkway to be poured which it was last week.
Doors to the office and garage were stained and the dentil shelves installed.
Front sidewalks were poured, this curves around from the front porch to the breezeway where the mud room door is to the house, doors to the office and the garage and steps to the backyard. Also curves around to the right to the driveway. The areas in between the house / garage and the sidewalks will all be planting beds (Spring projects!).
Another view of the sidewalks…
Random picture of progress for the week (#1 of 2), all the door hardware was installed this week by the trim carpenter. Oil rubbed bronze finish to match the other metal finishes in much of the house including door hinges and window hardware. Door hardware also signals that the painters are done with the door staining and poly process.
This week’s random picture of progress (#2), we have final door hardware on all the doors including the front door, the trim carpenter handed us the real keys to our new home on Wednesday. We’ll continue to use the construction lock on the mud room door under the breezeway for security rather than hand out the final key to all the subs – this also keeps folks from using the front door very much to hopefully protect the deck and front door from dings and scrapes. Ever the one for attention to detail… Noel picked this lock set for the house because it’s square and we don’t have many round finish items in the Craftsman style house!