Sunday, October 11, 2009

Exterior painting started

We're enjoying the final gasp of a very nice summer here in the Northwest, and our builder had his guys pushing to get the last of the siding installed, so he could get going on the exterior painting. (While I'm sure painting is possible in less-than-ideal weather, I'd rather they get it on now while the weather is good.) The siding is just about (98%) done - only some covered areas left, like underneath the rear and side porches. That cleared the way for some painting to start:

Ready for a blast of red? Here ya go:

And from the back:

It will look even better once the trim is painted; only a little bit of the side of the house has that done:

Apparently the color we chose (Benjamin Moore Cottage Red) doesn't come in five gallon buckets:

In other news, our electrical power was hooked up, so everyone is running their tools off of temporary receptacles in the house. The heating guys also came on Saturday and energized the radiant heating system for the first time. For now it's a temporary job, with the whole house controlled from a single thermostat in the living room, intended to just get the house warmed up enough for the drywall guys to be able tape and mud the joints. So far though I wasn't too impressed - we were out there this morning and the house just didn't feel that warm yet - not what I was expecting from a mega-dollar system like this. Paul called them and asked them about it and they said the system was probably in "limp mode" (?), so hopefully it gets sorted out soon. We did get to hear the reverse-cycle chiller actually running for the first time, and it is very quiet - even w/o drywall in the master bathroom\bedroom, it cannot be heard from inside.

The drywall hangers worked through the weekend but the job is still not quite done, at least as of this morning. Lots of progress, but the house is a real mess at the moment:

The septic system is installed and is now waiting for inspection. I suspect this is a pretty standard setup:

See the PVC pipe coming from the house (underneath the bagged electrical outlet on the wall) - that leads into the left-hand tank, where a couple of baffles separate the #1 stuff from the #2 stuff; the #1 stuff then runs into the right hand tank, via the white pipe in the left foreground. So far everything has been powered by gravity all the way from the house. In the right hand tank though, there is a pump which is float-activated; it is responsible for pumping the #1 over to the drain field, via the white pipe running across the top of the left-hand tank. There you are, more than you ever wanted to know about disposal of #1 stuff and #2 stuff. :-)

We have finalized our tile choices (in fact I need to finish this blog entry and send Paul the list) and are nearly done with the interior paint as well. Most of the interior will be basic linen white, but we're going to put some color in the dining room and my office, just for fun. Both of those room will have some crown molding, and the dining room will get a chair rub rail as well. I'd like to put crown molding in several other rooms as well, but money won't allow at the moment. Overall all things are moving good.

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