Construction Update December 30th

It’s been over a month since my last post. We’ve been busy with a newborn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas so there hasn’t been a lot of time to post. The new baby is doing exceptionally well as are the bigger kids and my wife. Reflecting on the past year as everyone tends to do over the holidays, even with all of the stress of building a new house, going way over schedule, being on a tight budget, finding out you’re pregnant after you break ground and sending your oldest off to kindergarten, I have to conclude that we are blessed well beyond anything I could have imagined. Here we are with a healthy, growing family building our dream house. All of our “problems” are pretty much of the first world variety. God is truly good all the time. I encourage you to take stock of the year and even if it’s been tough; what are some good things in your life?

Basically, things are moving right along with the house. Our landlord is cool with us going month-to-month after the term of our lease runs out at the end of January (another thing to be thankful for). It works out for him; if we move out in March (builder says February) it puts him closer to the spring when people start looking for housing. Here are some highlights, check out the photos for details:

  • Sheetrock and texture are finished.
  • EZY-Jamb is all installed save for an overlooked pocket door and they look great.
  • Black soapstone countertops have been selected.
  • Closet shelves, etc were installed.
  • Panda sliding door was installed, with one tiny problem.
  • House wrap was finally fixed.
  • Concrete floors polishing is underway.
  • Fiber-cement siding is being finished.
  • Electrical service being turned on.
  • Tile prep started.
  • The Black Friday/Cyber Monday haul is consuming a lot of space around the house.

After waiting weeks on a replacement part, the Panda sliding door is finally in!  Well, it's mostly in.  A tiny little set screw for one of the bottom rollers was missing, so we're waiting on that now.  In the mean time it's non-operational like the sign says.

After waiting weeks on a replacement part, the Panda sliding door is finally in! Well, it’s mostly in. A tiny little set screw for one of the bottom rollers was missing, so we’re waiting on that now. In the mean time it’s non-operational like the sign says.

[![We have two Eurofase trimless recessed lights. This is a model TE221-01 that goes in the entryway.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367946/IMAG5663_yppcsu.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5663/)
We have two Eurofase trimless recessed lights. This is a model TE221-01 that goes in the entryway.
[![Stilts (quite an amazing sight) aren't enough to reach the top of the stair tower so scaffolding was needed.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367946/IMAG5664_m7tnkg.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5664/)
Stilts (quite an amazing sight) aren’t enough to reach the top of the stair tower so scaffolding was needed.
[![Mudding starting.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367945/IMAG5668_jwxa7y.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5668/)
Mudding starting.
[![Water infiltration in one of the bedrooms. The weather had taken a toll on the housewrap and it sat in disrepair for too long. It was finally fixed a week or two before Christmas.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367944/IMAG5670_kdeyvm.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5670/)
Water infiltration in one of the bedrooms. The weather had taken a toll on the housewrap and it sat in disrepair for too long. It was finally fixed a week or two before Christmas.
[![Stairs, ready for mud.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367943/IMAG5674_qygd2b.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5674/)
Stairs, ready for mud.
[![EZY-Jamb pocket door.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367942/IMAG5747_rzshkr.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/imag5747/)
EZY-Jamb pocket door.
[![EZY-Jamb pocket door before final mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367942/IMAG5749_mlumfi.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367942/IMAG5749_mlumfi.jpg)
EZY-Jamb pocket door before final mudding.
[![Outside corner flush base detail before baseboard installation.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367940/IMG_20141207_170814_zfjmpi.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367940/IMG_20141207_170814_zfjmpi.jpg)
Outside corner flush base detail before baseboard installation.
[![The drywall Z-reveal used on the base detail.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367818/IMG_20141207_170852_chxje7.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141207_170852/)
The drywall Z-reveal used on the base detail.
[![Master closet before trim work.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367817/IMG_20141209_110959_c9dkps.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141209_110959/)
Master closet before trim work.
[![I love these windows. They're the first thing you see upon entering the house and I think they leave a great impression.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367816/IMG_20141212_125320_kfcx64.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141212_125320/)
I love these windows. They’re the first thing you see upon entering the house and I think they leave a great impression.
[![The trimless step lights are from WAC Lighting (WL-LED100TR). These are LED lights that fit into a standard junction box and are mudded into the wall leaving a look so clean you can eat off of it.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367815/IMG_20141212_125346_lplflq.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141212_125346/)
The trimless step lights are from WAC Lighting (WL-LED100TR). These are LED lights that fit into a standard junction box and are mudded into the wall leaving a look so clean you can eat off of it.
[![A Z-reveal drywall trim was used to terminate the drywall before the baseboard trim. Outside corners, including the EZY-Jamb were filled with mud.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367814/IMG_20141212_125439_hcz4rz.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141212_125439/)
A Z-reveal drywall trim was used to terminate the drywall before the baseboard trim. Outside corners, including the EZY-Jamb were filled with mud.
[![Living room and dining room.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367813/IMG_20141213_133349_ezx4xx.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133349/)
Living room and dining room.
[![Stairs.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_223/v1456367812/IMG_20141213_133413_xhzljp.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367812/IMG_20141213_133413_xhzljp.jpg)
Stairs.
[![The stairs after mud and texture. The mudded-in step lights are looking good.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367811/IMG_20141213_133641_fd6fl1.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133641/)
The stairs after mud and texture. The mudded-in step lights are looking good.
[![The upstairs hall.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367810/IMG_20141213_133709_hwkjsd.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367810/IMG_20141213_133709_hwkjsd.jpg)
The upstairs hall.
[![Dining room and kitchen from above.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367809/IMG_20141213_133717_cpy3hm.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133717/)
Dining room and kitchen from above.
[![The skinny window in the master bedroom.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367807/IMG_20141213_133748_wjsjs2.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133748/)
The skinny window in the master bedroom.
[![The Girls' room.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_223/v1456367806/IMG_20141213_133911_usidfx.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133911/)
The Girls’ room.
[![Kid's bath.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456367806/IMG_20141213_133926_xpc5mz.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141213_133926/)
Kid’s bath.
[![Master closet in progress.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456367805/IMG_20141216_102341_knxq7f.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141216_102341/)
Master closet in progress.
[![EZY-Jamb before mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367804/IMG_20141218_130912_m01wed.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367804/IMG_20141218_130912_m01wed.jpg)
EZY-Jamb before mudding.
[![EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367803/IMG_20141218_130931_jg0tam.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456367803/IMG_20141218_130931_jg0tam.jpg)
EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.
[![EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367802/IMG_20141218_130934_m7huem.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_130934/)
EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.
[![EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456367801/IMG_20141218_130940_jrkmnr.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_130940/)
EZY-Jamb detail before mudding.
[![The latch in the EZY-Jamb.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366790/IMG_20141218_130944_i3v1we.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_130944/)
The latch in the EZY-Jamb.
[![EZY-Jamb pocket door detail](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366789/IMG_20141218_131217_eag45a.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131217/)
EZY-Jamb pocket door detail
[![EZY-Jamb](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366788/IMG_20141218_131223_c1dtxc.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456366788/IMG_20141218_131223_c1dtxc.jpg)
EZY-Jamb
[![EZY-Jamb after mudding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366788/IMG_20141218_131229_xae0dk.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131229/)
EZY-Jamb after mudding.
[![Shelving in the master bath.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366787/IMG_20141218_131328_oq0gnp.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131328/)
Shelving in the master bath.
[![Hanging rods (without rods) in the master closet.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366786/IMG_20141218_131346_ngxb3w.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131346/)
Hanging rods (without rods) in the master closet.
[![Shelving and stuff in the master closet.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366785/IMG_20141218_131354_umr9wj.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131354/)
Shelving and stuff in the master closet.
[![A small section of the concrete floor was polished. Not sure why they didn't continue, but they got back on it today and should finish up tomorrow.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366784/IMG_20141218_131539_ecie7t.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131539/)
A small section of the concrete floor was polished. Not sure why they didn’t continue, but they got back on it today and should finish up tomorrow.
[![When you ask for no bullnose on your closet shelving, etc, what do they do? Cut it off. Seems like kind of a waste.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366783/IMG_20141218_131628_cyvfyl.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141218_131628/)
When you ask for no bullnose on your closet shelving, etc, what do they do? Cut it off. Seems like kind of a waste.
[![The baseboards planed down ready for installation. These are finger-jointed 1x4 boards planed down to 1/2" so they will sit flush with the drywall.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366782/IMG_20141220_113841_jihiwc.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456366782/IMG_20141220_113841_jihiwc.jpg)
The baseboards planed down ready for installation. These are finger-jointed 1×4 boards planed down to 1/2″ so they will sit flush with the drywall.
[![The Panda door was installed albeit with a big sign warning not to open it or it will be damaged. A set screw for one of the bottom rollers was missing.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456366780/IMG_20141221_152713_duq3sg.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141221_152713/)
The Panda door was installed albeit with a big sign warning not to open it or it will be damaged. A set screw for one of the bottom rollers was missing.
[![The exterior side of the bottom track. It might be a chore to keep this clear of debris.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366781/IMG_20141221_152504_boof96.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141221_152504/)
The exterior side of the bottom track. It might be a chore to keep this clear of debris.
[![The electrical service trench from the transformer to the house was dug. The heat needs to be turned on soon so tiling can begin.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366779/IMG_20141226_164218_mcscie.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141226_164218/)
The electrical service trench from the transformer to the house was dug. The heat needs to be turned on soon so tiling can begin.
[![Fiber-cement siding on the back of the house.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366779/IMG_20141226_164233_wfpzqb.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141226_164233/)
Fiber-cement siding on the back of the house.
[![The exterior progress is picking up.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366777/IMG_20141230_095916_tangds.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-december-30th/img_20141230_095916/)
The exterior progress is picking up.
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