It's really neat to see the house beginning to look like the drawings. The porch adds a whole new dimension to the house. We can't wait to sit and enjoy that space.
Although delays are ongoing it's nice to see some things moving forward. The slate tile in the entry is looking quite nice, I think. Although the thickness is these natural stone tiles varies slightly, requiring wider grout lines, it has a really authentic and natural look. This is a good fit for the "genkan" entrance, a reflection of the fact that in old Japanese houses the entrance was actually just stamped earth.
Still waiting for the front door lockset to be installed, but the tile is looking nice.
This setup on the floor here is one of the WarmlyYours heating mats embedded in a self leveling cementious mix. Tiles go over this part. There's a cable and a sensor wire that will run under the floor and then up to a wall mounted thermostat to the left of the door.
The missing circuit checker showed up in the mail - WarmlyYours sent it fairly promptly after a bit of phone discussion. Initially I nearly got punted back to HomeDepot until I insisted that the order had shipped directly from their warehouse to me and it was clearly an omission on their part and not a problem with the order placement from HomeDepot. I think I would recommend going directly via WarmlyYours so you deal directly with them for the whole process and don't get the runaround trying to blame the middleman. In the end they dealt with it.
After you connect the wires to the right places, the circuit check will emit a siren if there's a break in continuity of the wires. There was no siren, and I tested with one of the wires disconnected to make sure the siren worked, so all seems good. It turns out that Canadian Tire had digital multimeters on sale at 29.99 down from 69.99 so I have one of those now too, and that's what they actually recommend for testing the resistance before during and after installation.
So I'm hoping in the next update to show some tiles and flooring as well as the basement slab poured. As for doors and trim it turns out Home Depot takes two to three weeks to get any special order doors in, so we can forget about that. We will have to try a building supplier that carries doors in stock or go with a paint grade slab door option and potentially upgrade them later to the wood doors we prefer.