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