Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Progress update

We were supposed to be moving in within a week or so. That isn't going to happen as you will see from the photos. Nevertheless, this past week saw some further work on the porch and a start on tiling. There were a few things that needed to be redone with the porch framing. Linebox has provided input on ways to simplify things, which is much needed at this point to speed things along. One of the peculiar issues is that it was noticed rather late in the game that the planter in front of the house would need to be a "permanent structure", and hence built upon concrete footings to be immovable, if it were to be considered as a barrier in front of the deck to eliminate the need for a guard rail. Such footings were not part of the original plan however, and so they were not excavated or poured. Although we could add a permanent planter in the future, for the sake of expediency we will probably skip it for now. That means however that the guard rail will probably need to be extended across the whole front of the house, which is frankly a disappointment to me, because it really changes the character of the design and the view of the beautiful corner window.  Perhaps the change will grow on us, or perhaps we'll be able to install a guard rail initially and replace it later with the planter idea. The main thing at this point is simply to get the house completed as we've now been out of our house for a year and really need to get back into our home.

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.

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