Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical....Oh My

This week is a week "behind the walls" as the plumbing is being laid, the new HVAC system installed and electrical run. As you can see they have laid the plumbing drains under the pier and beam and then jackhammered through the slab. Then they brought in most of the hot and cold water lines.

Tomorrow we will travel out to the house for placement of the "rough in" for the plumbing. I'm a little nervous about selecting the location for the wall mounted faucets since if you put them too low it won't allow you to get your hands comfortably underneath but if you put them too high the water apparently splashes out of the bowl. So we will be crossing our fingers when we choose tomorrow (as well as relying on our plumber and stone guys to guide us in the right direction). We will also get to see the vanity and tub in place when we do the rough in so we get a sense of what everything will eventually look like.

The next big thing that has been moving along is the HVAC system. We decided to make our current system less "unique" by removing the daisy chain system we had in place and going to a more conventional dual zone system. So we have had a brand new unit installed, replacing one of the old units (they estimate it was close to 20 years old), in addition to all the new vents and duct system. We are hoping this, along with the new insulation, will make a large difference in our energy efficiency.

The electricians have also been busy. They have run all the recessed lighting as well as the electrical for the chandeliers. I don't know if you realize this or not but I have learned from Jami that it is very important to have one of those in each room :). All of the wall outlets have also been run. Another really nice thing about totally redoing a room is that you can customize certain features. Jami has always wanted reading lights over her side of the bed. So in the ceiling over the head of each side is an adjustable reading light (first picture below) with a dedicated switch at that side of the bed. Although I read almost exclusively on my iPad now, I still apparently needed a light.

Finally, the electricians and HVAC people removed all the stuff next to our existing bedroom door. Then they began to make way for new double door entrance to our room.

As you can see things are moving along. I should have more pictures from the rough in tomorrow to share as well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Framing Up

So the framing has already gone up. The majority was done by the end of day 2 with day 3 mostly being checking to make sure everything was plumb and finishing off some details. When I walked in initially by myself I had a minor freak out that the rooms were too small but after spending some time in them and Jami talking me down, I think everything is ok. The builder also said that everything looks smaller when the only the framing is done and that everyone says it looks much smaller than it turns out being.

Here is the view from the bedroom looking back through to the closet. On the left is the shower with the water closet next to it. Behind that is the bathroom and to the right is the walkway followed by the utility room. Finally the closet is in the far back of the house. You can also glimpse the original hardwood floors that will be patched and refinished.

Here is the view from the bathroom into the closet. The closet seems to be a really good size assuming the island doesn't take up too much space.

Here is a view from the bedroom looking back towards the reading nook. You can see the remnants of where one of the windows was relocated and what the new window layout looks like.

Here is a view from the closet back into the bathroom and shower.

The other big news from day 2 was the arrival of the bathtub. After 3 days, a sick driver and a truck breaking down it finally arrived. I am looking forward to unpacking it and checking out the pedestal and tub. I think it will bring a great look to the bathroom along with the dresser we are turning into the vanity.

The other big news from day 3 was Jami finalizing all the plumbing choices including the cross handled wall mounted faucets, the rain head shower and vertical sided undermount sinks. Hopefully we will get the valves in so we won't hold up the plumbing rough in.

Day 4 brings the arrival of the electrician and HVAC workers. While the changes won't be as easily noticeable, we look forward to more progress.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 1 - Big Results

So here are the results of just 4 hours of work. I will try to put them in the same order as the previous post so you can see the change. Also we went back over at night but couldn't take pictures because of the lack of lights, so I will note after each picture the stuff that changed even in the afternoon. I guess there's no turning back now.

So really this picture encompasses the first two views on the previous post since there is just studs. In the afternoon they removed the wall all together so now it is just one huge space. They did cut through a couple wires but since they are running new electrical anyways that shouldn't be a big deal. The ceiling was also removed leaving it wide open and ready to bump up the tray ceiling in the bathroom and bedroom. The blown in insulation was retreating down the walls so the new insulation should certainly help with the energy efficiency.

Here is the view back towards the closet and bathroom. In the afternoon, they tore down the entire closet that you are seeing here so tonight there was just the studs of the wall into the bathroom but they will apparently be gone tomorrow as well.

Here is a picture of the bathroom sans tub and shower fixtures. It also shows a great discovery of what we are assuming was the original tile that the previous renovators just put the shower over. Jami really likes the green and white tile and said we should keep it (I'm afraid she was only half kidding). They also took out the vanity, mirror and toilet already.

It's astonishing to me how much they accomplished in Day 1. I know that the beginning will go fast and then it will slow down but I can't wait to see what they accomplish tomorrow.

Demolition Nears

So with demolition approaching I thought I should get some before pictures up.

Here is a picture of the existing study which in the end will be mostly closet as well as part of the bathroom and utility room.

Here is the view standing in the bedroom looking back towards the study. Most of the left hand side will become bathroom while the right hand side will be utility room.

Here is a picture looking back the other way in the bedroom towards the exiting closet and bathroom and including a very confused Hobbes. This will become the bedroom.

Here is the bathroom which will become what I am refering to as the reading nook.

Let the craziness begin!