Construction update January 17th

Cabinets, siding, garage doors, heat, and floors all saw activity this week. There have been a few minor setbacks like the gas company holding us up a couple of days, but the builder feels like we will be able to move in next month as planned. Getting the heat on was important for work on the cork floors upstairs and the kitchen cabinets downstairs. Maintaining the climate inside is important to keep the wood stable.

The kitchen cabinets look great. We’re very impressed with the craftsmanship. Everything lines up perfectly and is very straight. We had a feeling of relief when we saw them for the first time. In our old house we had some high-end Kraftmaid euro-style cabinets put in so our expectations were pretty high.

The cork floors upstairs are looking good. They’re nice and soft underfoot and the look is perfect. The planks fit together seamlessly. It’s quite a unique looking cork floor. When we stopped by today it was being finished up.

The three garage doors are in. They’re just basic smooth-panel doors, nothing fancy there, but they’re opened by LiftMaster 8500 wall-mounted garage door openers on high-mounted tracks. It may seem weird to be so excited about the garage doors and openers, but they’re exciting to me. I spend some time working in the garage and would like to put in a vehicle lift one day so keeping the ceiling clear allows for that. These doors almost didn’t happen. The first garage door contractor didn’t think there was room to do the side-mounted openers, so we got a second opinion. The second opinion also happened to be a few hundred dollars cheaper so win-win.

Read on for some pictures of the progress.

[![The cabinets are being installed and stair parts are waiting.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456366739/wpid-wp-1421522337067_dcjjer.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-wp-1421522337067-jpeg/)
The cabinets are being installed and stair parts are waiting.
[![The kitchen island being installed.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366741/wpid-wp-1421522333013_lcdia1.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-wp-1421522333013-jpeg/)
The kitchen island being installed.
[![This is the fold-down, lift-up desk in the kitchen. A good place for keeping small appliances and coffee making gear out of the way.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366742/wpid-wp-1421522332660_kjknph.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-wp-1421522332660-jpeg/)
This is the fold-down, lift-up desk in the kitchen. A good place for keeping small appliances and coffee making gear out of the way.
[![The steel siding on the back side of the house.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366740/wpid-wp-1421522333841_lphahs.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-wp-1421522333841-jpeg/)
The steel siding on the back side of the house.
[![Steel siding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366743/wpid-img_20150117_115555_erq0xu.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_115555-jpg/)
Steel siding.
[![More steel siding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366745/wpid-img_20150117_115606_hfzemp.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_115606-jpg/)
More steel siding.
[![Corner detail of the steel siding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_223/v1456366751/wpid-img_20150117_120726_evz7ey.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120726-jpg/)
Corner detail of the steel siding.
[![Steel siding window trim detail.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_223/v1456366752/wpid-img_20150117_120735_mv8yvx.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120735-jpg/)
Steel siding window trim detail.
[![Corner trim applied to the fiber cement siding.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_223/v1456366753/wpid-img_20150117_120855_umql14.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120855-jpg/)
Corner trim applied to the fiber cement siding.
[![View from the courtyard.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456366773/wpid-img_20150117_121026_mljcbp.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_121026-jpg/)
View from the courtyard.
[![Love the unobstructed view the Panda sliding door gives. Still waiting on a part from Panda to complete the door installation. One of the rollers was missing.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366755/wpid-img_20150117_121011_ymqvhk.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_121011-jpg/)
Love the unobstructed view the Panda sliding door gives. Still waiting on a part from Panda to complete the door installation. One of the rollers was missing.
[![Rebar prepared for the deck footings.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366754/wpid-img_20150117_120945_srtspx.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120945-jpg/)
Rebar prepared for the deck footings.
[![Garage doors are in. Very happy with them.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366746/wpid-img_20150117_115705_lfelxy.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_115705-jpg/)
Garage doors are in. Very happy with them.
[![I love how they hug the ceiling.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_223,w_300/v1456366748/wpid-img_20150117_115813_a7eqtx.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_115813-jpg/)
I love how they hug the ceiling.
[![The LiftMaster 8500 side-mounted garage door opener. This is what allows the doors to hug the ceiling making way for a vehicle lift someday.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366747/wpid-img_20150117_115717_v8zy59.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_115717-jpg/)
The LiftMaster 8500 side-mounted garage door opener. This is what allows the doors to hug the ceiling making way for a vehicle lift someday.
[![One of the cabinet doors has warped. This is likely due to them being in the house for a few days without the heat on. Other than this fluke, the cabinets are extremely well made.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_300,w_225/v1456366749/wpid-img_20150117_120259_sq019r.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120259-jpg/)
One of the cabinet doors has warped. This is likely due to them being in the house for a few days without the heat on. Other than this fluke, the cabinets are extremely well made.
[![The floor in the entryway has a high density of pits from bubbles in the skim coat that was applied. Not sure what will happen to this.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/h_225,w_300/v1456366750/wpid-img_20150117_120539_qfhezo.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/construction-update-january-17th/wpid-img_20150117_120539-jpg/)
The floor in the entryway has a high density of pits from bubbles in the skim coat that was applied. Not sure what will happen to this.
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