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One more day of shinglinglingling February 3, 2007

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Installing the roof peak ventWell, the snowstorm punked out. Yay! All my life I’ve been upset when snowstorms are predicted and then don’t materialize. Dragging my butt to school with homework incomplete or not prepared for the quiz – you know the drill. Okay, who am I kidding? My homework was always done. But I still hated when the snow punked out!

Not this time baby! Dan, Andy & the other guy (I hate when I forget names – but I’m good at it!) were up on the roof all day on Friday and got most of it done. By the end of their day the shingling was mostly done, the roof vent was mostly in place, and a blue tarp was covering up the last section of roof. Good thing too – we got 3 inches of snow Friday night from another storm!

Shingling roof gableRalph and I spent more than an hour walking through the site, looking at the decisions still to be made and talking about the timeline of the upcoming events. We decided to change the master bath tub/shower to a tiled shower – a decision that’s been on the table for months, but we hadn’t finalized. Heather and I want to save money upstairs, but in going with the fiberglass tub/shower, we’d be losing a prime opportunity to customize our bathroom for relatively little money. We decided to move the toilet to a different wall in the other upstairs bathroom as well. It’ll improve the layout of the room but we’ll have to build up a dummy wall and lose 4 inches of floorspace to make sure the pipes don’t freeze since it’ll now be on an exterior wall. Ralph and I spent a while working through the downstairs soffiting and trimline too, since that’ll determine the height of the kitchen cabinets that will be started this upcoming week.

Heather and I specified a fair bit of the interior hardware on Thursday as well. We gave Ralph a list and it’s up to him to price it out and let us know if we’re trying to blow the budget. He budgeted about $40/door for the door handles and both Heather and I are great at picking out the expensive stuff. Steer us in the right direction, Ralph! Even better, tell us you can get us what we want in budget!

We sat down again today and specified the lighting package for the house as well as reviewed the decisions still to be made on the plumbing fixtures. Final decisions there are pending Ralph letting us know if the dark bronze hardware we want is in our budget or if we’re going with the original satin nickel.

We’ve been fighting a battle in the kitchen as well – the fridge we want isn’t counter depth, meaning that it’s going to throw the counter/cabinet line out of whack. Both Ralph and Steve, our cabinet maker, advised us to find a counter-depth fridge instead. But we like this one! Amana’s got a great repair record and this one has the french door/bottom freezer configuration both Heather and I want. All the possible alternatives would be either wider or 5 cu ft. less room – and cost more money! The best thing to come out of today was an idea from Heather – if the extra 5 inches of depth is going to be the major issue, we should build up the wall behind the appliances so that the fridge has a pocket to sit in! That way the counter and cabinetry will be in alignment with the fridge and we get the fridge we want! The downside? We lose 5 inches of floorspace in the kitchen. Since the room is nearly 17 feet across, we think we have the space to make this sacrifice – what do you think? Fair trade?

Okay, we’ve been waiting a few weeks to get rolling on the doors, HVAC and septic. Ralph pointed out that the roof will keep things dry now – but each week delay in the HVAC/plumbing/electrical chain of events is a week farther delay for us getting occupancy. Nothing can get done inside until those jobs get knocked off. Is this the week?

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1. Joe - February 5, 2007

Jeff,
If I read this right you’re talking about putting a standard fridge into a recessed pocket to make it look like it’s a counter depth fridge? We tried doing the same thing as we have a closet behind where ours is but they have different clearance requirements for cooling purposes. Our original selection I think needed 4″ per side for cooling. Get the appliance guy involved to make sure you don’t run into any issues with that one.
Joe

2. jeff - February 5, 2007

Good thought Joe. Standard counter depth fridges are 24″. Ours is 29″ and requires another 1/2″ for cooling/ventilation. Both the builder and cabinet guy have the specs for the fridge and are working out the numbers.

I’ve got a place in the fridge picked out for your Newcastle, thanks!

-Jeff


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