Here's what else is going on:
- Painters have been doing the prep and paint in the interior of the addition, as well as a second coat of orange for the stair tower.
- HVAC registers were installed this morning.
- Melesio and his crew have been prepping for the concrete porch, fixing/laying sprinklers, and digging to widen the driveway. I saw him drive by with a cement mixer as I was on my way to work this morning.
- Sandblasting the concrete floor is scheduled for Friday.
- The AC compressor was installed yesterday.
- Baseboards and more paint will start next week after the floor is sealed.
- Hardwood for the upstairs has been delivered.
- Glass for the showers will be installed next Wednesday.
- Severio and his crew will finish the tile after the glass goes in.
Things are really building up a head of steam. Nothing quells my anxiety about the house quite like seeing swarms of subcontractors doing their work.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 10:43 AM
He built them out of FinnForm, which is a kind of plywood used in concrete forms. The deep brown color is inexplicably called "Eggplant".
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We met with James and J.D. last week. I asked for an end date (or even an estimate) to the project so we can get ready to have our lives back. They said they'd let me know Monday. Yesterday came and went, but we still can't get J.D. to give us an end date. Patience is wearing thin.
There is always the problem of one sub-contractor needing to finish something before the next can get started, but unfortunately, the guys hanging the doors are working our place as a side job. This means that they only appear in fits and starts, mostly on the weekends. J.D. told them to finish hanging interior doors by this past Sunday, so painting and floors can happen. They aren't done yet.
James said they are really trying to wrap things up, but they can't get the subs to prioritize our job, since they are paying them less than their usual rates. Hence, The Triangle. There are three points in the triangle: time, money, and quality. We could only pick two of them. We've chosen to have a high quality job done for a moderate amount of money. That means it takes a long time (demo started May 1st, 2006). I'm beginning to wonder if we chose the correct two points.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 9:25 AM
There was a pretty serious amount of water coming out of a pipe at the back of the house after the driveway got jackhammered last week. Thankfully, our unpleasant plumber was out of town, so the concrete guy, Melesio, came to fix it instead. He's awesome, and a very nice guy.
He fixed the leak in the back, but the backpressure of shutting off the water created another leak at the water main/valve in the front yard. So, he borrowed some bread from us to plug the pipe. Huh? Yes, apparently this is what plumbers do to slow a leak enough to heat the pipe with a blowtorch when soldering a joint. Seems like there'd be a specific product for that. Nope. Wonderbread or Bimbo does the trick every time. At one point, Melesio asked me for another slice of bread, as someone on his crew got hungry and ate the other one.
We've hired Melesio to lay sprinklers and sod in the backyard, as well as pouring the concrete for the driveway and patio. If I could get him to finish everything left on the house I would, and I'm pretty sure we'd get our Certificate of Occupancy in half the time.
I am fully aware that the following is due almost entirely to my frustration at being without a yard for a year, but I've come to terms with it.
We ordered a swing-set. A custom, wooden one, complete with rubber mulch underneath (I still have my qualms about the health implications of that, incidentally). This is JP's rendition of what it will look like. There's also a sandbox underneath the fort.
We bought it from Play-Well, which is a local company that's been in business a long time. My sister-in-law convinced us to go for three swing slots (we ordered a trapeze for the third space); her kids have used their set for six years now. It's going to be delivered in early May, so we're really pushing to have the back yard completely done by then.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 10:49 PM
Reaction to our orange stair tower has been mostly positive, but one of our neighbors didn't hold back today. As we were chatting over our low wall, she held her arm aloft, fingers crossed, and said, "That color is just a primer, right?"
Luckily I think it's hilarious that she doesn't like it. Just wait until she sees the orange front door!
Posted by John Edgar Park at 8:00 PM
They're going to be applying the grout (grouting?) today -- the colors will be matched pretty closely to the slate and tile, so it won't provide too much contrast.
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Also of interest: the solar power meter/inverter/box/thing is from Germany and its name is Sunny Boy. We still haven't figured it all out, but it has a digital readout for how much energy you've produced from the sun that day and over all time. If any clever engineers out there can figure out how I can get a live feed of that info onto a web page I'd love to do so.
- Painters have half of the original house exterior painted. What a difference going from evil powdery blue (why did we live with it for seven years?) to beautiful "Drifting".
- Painters are pulling down the old gutters.
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