March 09, 2014

Shingles and Surprises

Well it's been a quiet week at Painted Views, but we're still making progress.

It took two days, but all the shingles are on the roof.  The color is called "Shakewood".  We couldn't get the terra cotta look that we'd
originally wanted so we decided to go with something in the lighter color range to reflect the sun's rays.

Front of house faces west

Three garage bays

Back of house faces east

The fireplace and flue went in this week.

And the big surprise of the week was finding out that a whole house Pest Management System was being installed.  Little hoses were installed in all the exterior walls that will allow a pesticide to be injected and dispersed into the walls to keep out unwanted pests, like spiders, scorpions and the like.  Unfortunately it won't keep out other pests, like bill collectors.

And a deficiency in the AC ducting was discovered  that will require one more chase to be installed on the second floor to allow a return air duct from one of the first floor rooms.  Things like that will come up from time to time but at least this isn't a major problem.

March 02, 2014

Step by step, Moving forward

It's been exactly one month since our last post and we're happy to report that the construction of the house has been moving right along.
The second floor was framed ...
...followed by the roof ...
... including the chimney.
Here are a couple of shots of the kitchen bar, one from the first floor level and the other from up on the second floor east gallery.
The whole house was wrapped in Tyvek ...
... and then the Hardieboard work started, beginning with the soffits going into the eaves first, .....
... and then the Hardieplanks,
going first onto the chimney ....
... and then the walls.
After the sheathing on the roof was completed, then most of the windows and exterior doors were installed.
Hooray! We're almost weather tight!
Looking pretty impressive, huh?
On Friday the 21st, the felt went onto the roof, just in time before a rainy weekend! And all put on by one worker, all by his onesy. What a lonely job.
Some oopsies were discovered in the framing and they got corrected along the way to balance the sizes of the clothes closets in the master bedroom suite and to narrow the top of the fireplace.
And you can see here that during the past week much of the mechanical work was done like the duct work for HVAC and also the plumbing.
And then the electricians had a go at it and there were wires EVERYWHERE!

And the front door was installed (YIPPEEEEE!) but it was all wrapped in plastic so there wasn't much point in posting a picture of it here now. So you'll just have to be patient.

So as you can see there's been a lot of progress, but there's still a long way to go.
Patience .... we must practice patience. But that's no fun at all, is it?