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Barden Home Construction Progress Update

clock August 20, 2009 04:54 by author Donny Kemick

There has been quite a bit of progress inside the house over the past week or so, with the electrician getting much of the house roughed in, the stairs inside set in, the HVAC piping being run, heating components delivered, the plumbers winding down on their rough in, the Internet-TV-Phone wiring run, and the remaining concrete poured.  Here’s some photos of the progress:

Electric (An Update Post is Coming On This)

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As I noted above, a full post on the electric is coming soon, so I won’t elaborate much here.

The Stairs Are In Place

It was very difficult to get an all-inclusive shot of the stairs in the foyer because I couldn’t get back far enough!  There are some shots below though.  Having the stairs in is a huge help to the contractors, and to me.  Every time my family and i go inside, my little girls wanted to go upstairs, but couldn’t.  Now they can see where their bedrooms are :).

Our plan is to stain the steps and run carpet down the center.  We’re actually still debating the carpet, but I would really like to have it there, because it’s easier on your feet, quieter, and less slippery.

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HVAC and Heating Components

The GC’s crew has been running the HVAC piping and returns for the past couple weeks, so they are ready to work with the heater in the basement.  The heater and ducts were delivered over the past couple of weeks:

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I just wrote a post about the plumbing status so I won’t rewrite everything here.  They have finished most of the rough in work, but are waiting our master bath tub and shower delivery to finish that part.  They also have all of the outside work left like, the grinder pump, water lines, sewage lines and some hose connections.

Internet, Television, and Phone Wiring (Detailed Post Coming)

Because my business has a division focused on IT Services, I have a technology background, and therefore wanted to run my own network, TV, and phone cabling.  This was to save the cost, and so that I could run a ton of cable.  I kept telling the GC that I would be running a ton of cable.  I don’t think they believed me until they saw the mountain of cable running to the wiring closet :).  I ran 5 cables to each outelt (3 Cat6, 2 Quad shield Coax), so I bout 2,000 ft of each cable.  I ran out of cable!


The Garage Floor and Porch Concrete Was Poured

The remainder of the concrete was poured on Tuesday of this week, so we now have a garage floor, and porch floors for our 2 front doors.  We’re going to wait to pour sidewalks for a year to give the ground some time to settle.

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Upcoming Posts

As I mentioned above, I will be detailing some the items I touched on above in some follow-up posts, but here’s a list (In no particular order) of the posts I’m planning on:

- Full Electric Update
- Heater Details
- Air Conditioner Details
- Internet, TV, Phone Wiring
- Shopping for and Selecting Bath Fixtures
- Shopping for and Selecting Lighting Fixtures

Check back or start getting the RSS feed to read the upcoming posts!

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Barden Homes Plumbing Update

clock August 20, 2009 03:52 by author Donny Kemick

DSC00542 Before my last post (which came about a week late), it took me a  week to write another post.  It’s not that we haven’t been doing anything, just that most of the work is being done on things that aren’t very exciting :). 


The plumbers were off for a week or so, and just returned yesterday to finish up most of the internal plumbing for an inspections.  In my post about Pex plumbing I mentioned that the plumbers were working away at the rough in.  Once they made it to the basement, they took a week off to do some other jobs. 

After researching Pex, I found out that there are 2 main methodologies for running the water lines in the house:

- Manifold
- Trunk and Branches

With the Manifold system, each water-needing fixture (sinks, tubs, laundry…) gets it’s own dedicated line from a central manifold, meaning they have a “homerun” configuration.  With the traditional trunk and branches setup, there’s a main hot and cold water line that supplies a bunch of branch lines off of it.  The trunk and branch setup is the most common, while the manifold setup has become very popular.

Our house has the traditional trunk and branch setup.  You can see the gist of it in the following photos, where the main water lines run down the center of the house, with main waste line, and the water and waste “branches” come off of the trunk.




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Barden Home Soffit, Fascia, and Siding

clock August 20, 2009 03:29 by author Donny Kemick

DSC00538So, once again it’s been a while since my last post.  Because of a couple delays, there hasn’t been a whole lot to write about.  I did take some photos last night though, so I wanted to share those and where we’re at.  We have made some progress over the past week, believe it or not :).

The framing crew for our Barden Home is also the crew that installed the windows/doors, and will be doing all of the soffit, fascia, and siding.  They worked straight through until about a week and a half ago to get the house enclosed and water tight. They’ve since had to work on a couple other projects, so the soffit, fascia and siding have been delayed a bit.  Here’re some shots of their progress on the Soffit, Fascia, and Siding:

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So, Why Not White Trim?

When we selected colors for the house, we knew from the beginning that white would not be one of them!  Our last house had a light tan siding with white trim everywhere.  While it looked nice from a distance, the trim looked terrible up close because it was white.  We even scrubbed the entire house every year with soap and brushes!

One of our goals with the new house is to minimize ongoing maintenance, and make the house as resistant to aging on the outside as possible.  So, we went with Tuscan Clay for the siding and Monterey Sand for the Trim.  They don’t provide as much contrast as white would have, but that’s OK with us because over time we think the white will look dingy anyways.

Selecting Our Colors

The siding supplier has a great online tool for picking colors, though we found that our actual siding and trim color had more contrast than they show online, and the overall colors were a bit lighter.  Here’s as close of a representation as we can get:


More Photos To Come

When the framers return to finish the siding I will most certainly post additional photos. 


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