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Another Busy Week Of Construction on Our Barden Home

clock September 11, 2009 15:41 by author Donny Kemick

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This week brought many aesthetic changes to the house!  Those ones tend to be much more exciting than the others :).  The stone was finalized this week, the drywall almost completely hung, the sewage hooked up, the electric hooked up, the siding progressing, the furnace set and in progress, master bath-shower in place, hot water heater, drainage and the garage door installed.

I decided to do photos again versus a full video.  They are faster for me to upload!  Here’s a rundown:

Stone

The stone on the exterior of the house was completed this week, which was very exciting for us to see.  It turned out really nice.  We’re very happy with it.  We also got a quote for doing the chimney on the back of the house, but the cost couldn’t be justified right now.  Maybe down the road.  I’d rather save that money for the deck!  You can see the finished product above.

Drywall

It’s amazing how much it starts to look like a house when the drywall gets hung!  You saw some of the drywall in my last post, but they made a ton of progress in 4 days!  It’s sounding like they will be done in about a week and a half.  Then I get to start painting.

Here’re some shots of the drywall progress:

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Siding

After several weeks away from my job, the framers/siders came back this week to get rolling on the siding.  They made great progress.  My wife and I are very happy with the siding/trim/keystones/shutters.  Here’re some photos:

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Sewage Hookup

Last week the plumbers ran the PVC pipe up to the sewage main and tapped in.  They needed to come back today to hookup the sewage grinder-lift pump that we need to pump the sewage up hill to the road.  The pump sits below ground with a man-hole cover for access if needed.  Here are some shots of the tank and tank work:

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Drainage

The interior and exterior drains around the foundation along with the basement + garage floor drains all drained out near the walkout part of our basement.  This obviously provides a wet walk down to the yard!  Today, while the backhoe was there, they extended our drain pipes away from the house quite a ways, so water shouldn’t build up around the house.  Here are some shots of the PVC going in:

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Furnace and Hot Water Tank

The GC made some progress this week on getting the furnace set in it’s final place and starting the major ductwork to the ducts placed around the house.  Looks like it won’t be long until we have heat!  Good thing, it’s starting to get cold!

The plumber got some of the work done for the Hot Water Tank, but hasn’t gotten it hooked up yet.  I think they’ll finish up on Monday.

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We Have Power!

The electrician has had his conduit underground and service in the house ready for a week, but the electric company finally came out today to get the wire pulled underground and to the house.  The contractors are VERY happy as they can now say goodbye to their generators and the giant extension cord that ran from my in-laws house to our house.

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Master Bath Shower

The shower that we ordered for our Master Bath is custom made by the manufacturer, American Bath Factory.  When we ordered it, we didn’t know that or the lead time they needed.  It ended up taking about 6 weeks to get the shower, causing pain and suffering to our plumber because they couldn’t rough in the plumbing.  Luckily, it showed up yesterday, just in time for the plumbers to come back today, plumb it, and allow the drywallers to finish the room directly below it and the walls next to it.  Here’s a shot of the actual shower we ordered:

Here’re some pics of the shower during installation at the house: (they didn’t finish it)

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Miscellaneous – Garage Door, Home Theater Wiring

The garage door was finally installed, less the motor.  We were happy to see it in place, especially from a security standpoint.

Like my networking, cable TV, and phone wire runs, I made sure NOT to leave anything out with my home theater cables.  Because we are mounting the TV over the fireplace, I wanted my cables run behind the scenes to the back of the fireplace, with ALL of the current options for connections including:

- 6 HDMI
- 2 Component with Audio
- 2 VGA with 3.5mm Audio
- 2 RCA
- 3 Network
- 2 S Video
- 2 RG6 Quad Shield Coax
- 2 Toslink fiber optic cables for audio
- 7.2 Channel Surround Sound Speaker Runs with 12 AWG cable

For the time being I just ran them to the hole I need them in, and dropped them down to the basement.  The plan is to then run them up the chimney chase, away from the heat and behind the TV.  I will do a full post on my Home Theater plans.

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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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Plumbing

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!

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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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Windows, Doors and Siding Delivered – Let’s Wrap

clock July 30, 2009 11:07 by author Donny Kemick

DSC00445 This week has given us a couple deliveries.  Yesterday we received the window and door shipment, and today we received the siding shipment.  As you can see below, neither are on the house now, but the wrap was completed today.  They should be ready to side and install windows/doors now.  We’re supposed to have a decent morning tomorrow, so hopefully they can get some of the windows and doors in.  The weather hasn’t been the greatest.  I plan on doing a follow up post or 2 on the wrap that they used and the windows and doors we went with.  Be sure to check back. 

Barden Home Window and Door Delivery

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Barden Home House Wrap Installation

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