Remodel week #12

We’re into the 12th week of our remodeling project. Barb and I both had five days off for Fourth of July, and we spent most of that time working on the house. We got a bunch of stuff done over our “holiday”…

We met with Eric, our cabinet maker. He should be contacting us today or tomorrow for final approval of the cabinet plan. Cabinets should be done in about 2-3 weeks, and installed shortly thereafter (assuming drywall is done). Eric suggested that we look into prefabricated vanity counters for the new bathroom. Tile Outlet had these for ~$375 each (‘Uba Tuba’ 37” granite with sink bowl installed and pre-drilled faucet holes). No grout lines to clean, and it’ll look great! Eric also suggested that we order the cabinet trim piece for our microwave, so I stopped by A&A and talked to Gavin about that. ETA is about 1.5-2 weeks (2007-07-20).

Barb got all the exterior sheathing removed from the back side of the original house, which should make for a quicker [demolition party](

Nearly all of the construction debris has been loaded up. The back yard looks *much* better now, and it’s a lot easier to move around. We’ll be buying the bathtub tomorrow, since we’re finally able to drive the truck into the back yard again.

We met with the roofer, Bill Hall, after we passed our roof diaphragm inspection. He gave us a [bunch of new chores](, almost all of which are done. Barb went to the supply house and picked out our roofing material: Owens-Corning [40-year “Oakridge” teak](

Our HVAC contractor, Jose, came and looked over our project. He needed us to make copies of the floor and electrical plans, including any changes we are considering for [subsequent remodel phases]( He took care of most of his venting/roof penetrations today. We still have to figure out *exactly* where the furnace is going before he can place the flue vent.

Windows for our addition should arrive sometime this week, in which case they will be ready to install next Monday (right after our demolition party this weekend).

We got all of our non-glass doors ordered from U.S. Building Materials (off Sunrise Blvd, south of White Rock Rd). Great folks, by the way! ETA on the doors is about two weeks (2007-07-23).

I started working on our electrical installation. I got most of the outlet and switch boxes positioned in the bedrooms, hallway, laundry room, nook, and the added-on area of the living/great room. I still need to do the bathroom. The kitchen and the rest of the great room may have to wait until after the demolition party.

Lots of stuff done, but quite a lot left to do!

Update: Added a bunch of tags to this post.

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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