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A Busy Week at Our Barden Home

clock September 4, 2009 17:54 by author Donny Kemick

This week was very productive for our new Whitaker Corners Barden Home.  At the beginning of the week, the insulators got the house ready for the harsh winters we have.  Later in the week the subcontractors working on the utilities got everything run to the house.  Today, the drywallers started and got a good jump on things.  The stone on the front of the house moved along this week too, with the first batch of grout being added today.  On the Utilities Day the plumbers were able to fit our Pedestal Tub for it’s final locations as well.


Monday of this week brought the insulation crew from somewhere in Ohio.  They worked super fast and were done by lunchtime on Tuesday.  They weren’t able to do the attic yet because it’s blown in and there wasn’t any drywall up then.  They’ll make a trip back to finish that up.

One of the most impressive and surprising steps the insulators took was calking and spray-foaming between EVERY spot that two studs met or there was even the slightest gap.  They even caulked around the floor!  To reduce noise, they insulated around my office, the laundry room, and the bathrooms.  I was really happy to see that.

Here are some shots of their work:

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With some planning last week, we setup Thursday as “THE DAY” for the utilities to be run.  It was like pulling teeth getting everyone together on the same day!  Because our Electric, TV, Internet, and Phone are being run underground, there was some added chaos.  We ended up needing 3 separate ditches that run from the road to our house.  That allowed us to avoid having cables hanging over our heads in our yard.  Some overall excavating shots below:

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The first task of the day Thursday was getting the road bore done.  To do that our Excavator had to dig on both sides of the road because the water line was on the opposite side of the road.  he broke through the blacktop and the water authority cut the road on the house side.  Once the excavator was done, the local water authority bored the water connection under the road to my side, so our plumber could connect.  The little work the water authority did cost me $825.00!!! 

Next, the plumber ran copper from the valve by the road, down to the house where they drilled through the concrete foundation wall and ran the main valve inside.

Here’re some water-specific shots:

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In our area, and probably in most, the plumber that makes the Gas tap-in has to be on an approved list for the area.  Because the plumber for my house is from another state about an hour away, they aren’t on the approved list.  I had to find a local plumber to do the job, but that was fairly easy.  It did make things a little awkward on Thursday though as I had 2 different plumbers working on utilities! 

For the gas tap-in, the new plumber ran plastic pipe down to the house, where the meter goes, and left his work there for the gas company to approve and connect.  We were allowed to run the water and gas in the same ditch as long as they were 1 foot vertically and horizontally apart.  The water line was deeper, and to the left of the gas, if you are looking at the road.

Here’re some gas-specific shots:

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The electrician kind of got the shaft in my opinion because they dug his ditch last on Thursday, so he wasn’t even able to start running his conduit until around 4pm.  He had to have it all in by the next morning, which made for a long night for him.  He was up for the task though and got it done.

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There was a big debate as to whether the plumbers from out of town and the excavator could come back the next day.  They all seemed to want to push it off until next week.  Some how things came together and they came back the next day to run the sewage line. 

The initial plan by the plumbers was to run the sewage pipe from the walkout area of the house, across the back of the house, and up the side of the driveway.  That didn’t seem to make sense to me considering the proximity to the gas and water ditch.  Running the sewage strait up the hill to the road seemed like a better route.  So, that’s what they did.

Unfortunately, the grinder/lift pump was not installed, but they at least made the sewage tap, ran the inside plumbing to the outside, and backfilled. 

A few sewage-specific photos:

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Our Bathtub Is On Site

I mentioned in my last post that we ordered our Master Bath tub and shower online.  The tub ways over 500 pounds, so it took 4 people to get it upstairs to be fitted.  Looks excellent though! 

The shower is taking forever to arrive and slowly becoming an irritant to the general contractor.  I hope it shows up early next week…  Some tub Shots:

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Exterior Stone

The GC worked on the exterior stone most of the week and made great progress.  They are all the way to the top of the house now, and even started grouting.  I think they’ll be done on Tuesday.  Here’re some shots of the stone:

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Last But Not Least, Drywall

The drywall was delivered early in the week, but they didn’t come until today to start hanging it.  They moved pretty quickly finishing the kids’ bathroom, the laundry room, one full bedroom, the entire master closet, part of the 2 other bedrooms, part of the playroom, part of the master bath, and part of the master bedroom ceiling.  For one day, I thought they made great progress.

Here’re some pics of the drywall:

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So, What Now?

It’s labor day weekend, so the crew won’t be back until Tuesday, but when they return, I expect them to work on:

- Finishing grouting the stone
- Finishing hanging the drywall hanging
- Insulators to come back and blow in the attic insulation
- Setup of the grinder/lift pump

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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 Home Plumbing Rough-In Started

clock August 4, 2009 11:34 by author Donny Kemick

The plumber got started today with some rough in work for the bathrooms and laundry.  The GC’s guys worked on laying out locations for the Forced Heat/Air vents.  Here’re some pics of their progress:

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