The project is moving very quickly. Between keeping the work site clean, doing research for all the decisions and doing our regular jobs, we haven’t had much time to update the blog. The Wayne-Dalton garage doors were installed by the Trotter Overhead Doors on Nov. 22 & 23. We choose Wayne Dalton model 9800 horizontal garage doors in walnut. One of the three doors has a 39” lift kit so that a car lift could be installed in the future. On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, Jeff’s parents delivered the cabinets from Miller’s Cabinet Shop in Mt. Hope Ohio. The kitchen, children’s bathroom, powder bathroom, laundry and basement game room cabinets are knotty hickory. The guest bathroom cabinets are maple. The craft room cabinets are brown maple and painted persimmon (Suzy’s color). I call it OSU orange but it’s growing on me. It was quite an engineering feat to fit all the cabinets on the trailer as the photo at the right shows.
During the week, Troy of Savannah Builders designed and built the frame work for the kiva style fireplace and banco. They used Ready Products Radiustrack hand bendable steel framing to build the framework. They then applied a wire mesh and spread STO stucco over the wire mesh. The pipes in the corner are to drain rainwater from the 1000 sq ft of flat roof. This water flows to the rain harvest tank.
Comfortworks load balanced the heating and air system on Dec. 1, 2010 and Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc. (GWS) made their initial inspections of the home for LEED and National Green Building certifications. We have sealed all the heat and air ducts until construction is completed. This is to keep the system as clean as possible.
Sound insulation was installed in many of the walls and the basement ceiling on Dec. 3, 2010. See photo at left.
December 7, 2010, we hauled another pickup truck full of cardboard to Waste Management for recycling. On December 9, 2010, my wife and I sold another 720 lbs of scrap metal to Standard Metal and Iron for $46.80. It was interesting to go to the scrap metal yard. You can see the cars stacked in the background and we saw the claw in the background pick up a car.
We installed the remainder of the Wayne County Ohio barn beams in the home. We added beams in the master bathroom, children’s bathroom and in the main hallway of the home.
The week of Dec. 13, 2010, Anthony of Exeter Plumbing worked on hooking up all the drain pipe into the 30,000 gallon rain harvest tank. Anthony also installed an overflow line from the tank to the street.
We passed our electrical rough in inspection thanks to the work completed by Hayes Electric. We originally planned to have a generator with an automatic transfer switch and battery backup units to condition the power. However, some of the equipment I had purchased during the past 5 years was not compatible. So we are installing one 10kva battery unit for the safe room and one geothermal unit. We may do the remainder of the power system at a later date.
The sheet rockers began working upstairs on December 9, 2010. They were very fast and seemed to keep the scrap to a minimum. We had heard that the sheet rockers were very messy. We placed trash cans throughout the home, 5 gallon buckets for cigarette butts and showed them where we wanted the scrap sheet rock stacked. However, they managed to ignore all the requests and leave sheet rock, cigarette butts, and food trash everywhere. They were done by December 16th and we began the cleanup process. The picture to the left shows the scrap lumber and sheet rock pile.
GWS started chipping the scrap lumber and sheet rock on December 22. Butler Brothers hauled 98 truck loads of dirt, that we had been stored on a neighbor’s lot since beginning the project, to the next phase of Rose Creek to be developed.
We also added a wine rack on a kitchen wall. The rack is 12 inches deep and shaped to match the opening in the kiva fireplace. We used hexigonal shaped clay tiles from Paisley Brick in Paisley, Ontario, Canada. The tiles are only available in the US through Superior Clay Corporation in Uhrichsville, Ohio. It really turned out nice.