Lots of projects got started this week, and a few have been completed. ...
Downstairs, the week started with the countertops for the game room!
These were done by the same crew that handled upstairs a couple of weeks ago. Great quality work once again.
The raised section just to the left of center in the first image will have a statue called "Ghost" placed on it. I'm not a big art fanatic, but the Ghost is an amazing piece and I wanted to give it a special place in our home.
In the second photo you can see some of the details in the counter there. The pale "stripe" in back is a section where the counter is ground down 1/8th inch to make room for a strip light against the wall. The cut outs on either side are for future cabinetry.
The third photo is a panoramic shot of the room. It distorts the room, but shows almost all of the counters.
In addition to the counters downstairs, we also have our countertop for the master bathroom tub deck, and steps. We have a bit more to come, but all the big pieces are in place.
One morning this week I found deer tracks! I had heard there were deer in the area, this was the first sign I had seen of one though. I am sure once we get our vegetable garden planted we will see a lot more of them, and the bunnies ;-)
Speaking of outside, work got started on our landscaping this week!
Excavation has started and rough grading of the yard.
Much of the focus has been on excavation of one of our two rain gardens in the front yard. This will be the larger rain garden which will be taking water off the roof, the yard, overflow from the second/smaller front yard rain garden, and some off the street.
After the excavation is complete, much of the hole will be filled with a sandier soil. This will give the water something to soak into and a large enough hole to hold the water while it slowly soaks into the clay soil.
The future plants will help naturally filter contaminants out of the water.
Always take lots of pictures!!
In between inside and outside, garage doors are now in place.
The garage doors threw us a bit of a curve ball. After they had been installed and plugged in, they still had no power.
The rest of the garage had power, as did all the other outlets, that we could find, other than the ones for the garage doors.
It turns out, the garage door outlets are all wired through a single GFCI outlet for ease of doing a reset should the need arise.
Well, it turned out the GFCI outlet had been covered by drywall!
Our electrician (Scott), architect (Marc) and I started digging through old photos we had of the garage before the drywall was installed.
Marc found one of the area which showed two electrical boxes, while we currently only saw one.
Scott carefully measured out where the missing outlet should be, cut into the drywall, and EUREKA! He hit it exactly, we won't even need to do any patch/repair work in that area.
Once he got that outlet fully connected the garage doors magically started working :)
If you are ever building a house, I highly recommend taking a lot of pictures at each stage. Especially of all the wiring prior to drywall, and any radiant floor tubes prior to the flooring. In this case, I had missed any pictures of the garage walls.
If you aren't sure if you need a picture or not, take it. If you don't think you will need a picture, take it anyways!
Marc saved the day with the picture he had, and Scott with the precise measurement and cutting.
Appliances have been delivered and plumbing fixtures are being installed.
Also, with the tub deck countertop in place, work has resumed on the tile for the master bathroom wall.
It is quite a design, looking fairly unplanned, it is actually all very carefully planned out. Work on that will be continuing this week.
We are in the home stretch. There are few bottlenecks left that will stop work by others now that the countertops, driveway and front steps are in. We expect work on multiple fronts to continue this week. Although the weather is looking rather rainy, which will slow down the landscaping.
Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.