Thursday, September 3, 2009

Siding started

Lots of progress since last post. Siding has started to appear, starting at the lower perimeter of the house:

Gable vents and blocks for exterior light fixtures and hose bibs have been painted and are ready to go:

Exterior doors have been delivered and are set into place:

Windows too:

Back of the house:

Close-up view of the rear porch windows:

I like the way the Grace Vycor Plus product wraps around and seals the window perimeters. The black stuff below the door and siding is a product from Nervastral, if anyone is interested. The rear porch will be poured level with the bottom of the door and siding, and will extend out about eight feet or so, then have a concrete step down to the yard.

You can also see in the picture above, that the gutters have been installed. Paul said he likes to get the gutters done early, so that rain falling off the roof doesn't splash mud\dirt onto the new siding.

The front of the house is looking nicer and nicer too:

Paul initially had the gutter guys route the downspouts off to the side, in order to clear the porch steps:

Paul suggested, and we agreed, that this was not a great look. So instead, he's going to re-route the downspouts straightdown, and the porch concrete will be poured around them. (After they've been hooked up to the main gutter drains - that was forgotten so someone will get to dig a small hole...)

Another thing to note in the picture above (from how the siding is cut), is how the concrete porch will have steps on all three sides. It will look very pretty for the one or two visitors we'll get every ten years or so... :-)

The little breakfast nook bumpout will have lots of light:

In the above picture, you can see the main electrical box on the side of the house. Here is how it currently looks on the inside, although it will be much busier than this when done:

The little boxes in the right-hand panel are for the generator hookup (transfer switch and something else). I don't pretend to exactly understand how this stuff works, but after we install the generator it will be an automatic-on type system: the generator will automatically startup and provide replacement power within less than thirty seconds (ten seconds if I can believe Kohler's advertising) of the power going out. Such convienence costs big bucks, let me tell you. Also, only the right-hand panel will be enabled for the generator, so we've been discussing which circuits will be in that panel (and thus, powered by the generator). So far, fridge+freezer, lighting circuts, backup boiler for radiant heat, and of course the garage. (Ok, maybe not the garage. :)

It's also looking like both of the panels above will be full or nearly so when the house is completed; I'll be lucky to have one or two empty breaker slots. Well, guess I can always run a subpanel if necessary. Bigger panels would have cost more money of course, etc, etc... :)

Inside the house, the plumbing and heating guys are nearly done. Here are the supply and return lines for the chiller and loop manifolds, coming up from the crawl space and poking into the garage:

I've been watching the garage side of the above wall closely, to see how the manifold controls and tubing layouts turn out, but so far there's not much to see.

Shower plumbing for one of the upstairs bathrooms:

Have you ever experience one of those loosely mounted shower head arms, that feel like you'll rip it out of the wall even if you just want to adjust the angle of the nozzle spray? This shouldn't be a problem here:

The bathroom sink hookups all look something like this:

These are the shower valves for our master bathroom walk-in shower:

One valve will be for the primary shower-head, and the other for a flexible body-spray fixture thingy. It's hard to visualize this without a picture, but both valves are located very close to the shower door, so you can reach in and quickly turn the water on without having to walk all the way in. (That explanation will make more sense later on, after the shower walls get framed in).

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