Construction Update September 24th

Construction Update September 24th

Lots of changes at the house since the last update, most of them happening this week. The roof and all of the troubles it’s given us is an after-thought now as we move on to other things like electrical, HVAC, doors, structured wiring, and the concrete wall.

Today all of the forms came off of the concrete wall so we got our first look at that. We’re completely satisfied with it. The concrete guys did a phenomenal job.

The HVAC contractor ran the ducts and prepped for the furnace and A/C units. He made some extra work for the plumber – moving vent pipes that were in the way of the ducts. Everyone has had to work-around the ducts because without an attic you have to run the duct work in the chaseways engineered into the trusses. Placing can lights and speakers has been a challenge.

Speaking of speakers, I’ve started running the structured/low-voltage wiring. That’s the one task I’m DIYing. It’s waaaaay more work than I expected. Two days into it and I hadn’t run a single wire. It was all prep-work setting boxes, speaker brackets and conduit. Now I think I’ve hit my stride and wiring should go faster. The plan is to wrap up the electrical, have it inspected this week and I finish up this weekend.

Check out the pictures below for more details on everything.

[![Bathroom duct](,w_300/v1456373000/wpid-imag5034_xwszed.jpg)](
Duct work in the master bathroom. This room presented a challenge because of the LVL beam that spans to the end of house. The duct work can’t penetrate that beam and ideally the register would extend several feet into the bathroom; instead it stops short in the walkway to the closet. The builder says they’ll put a special cover on the register to direct the air into the bathroom.
[![Concrete wall](,w_300/v1456372998/wpid-imag5169_dvuzyl.jpg)](
The long part of the wall ready to be poured.
[![Concrete Forms](,w_225/v1456372377/wpid-imag5170_qgmobg.jpg)](
Concrete Forms
[![View of the front of the house](,w_300/v1456372999/wpid-imag5149_ojawdj.jpg)](
Here’s the whole house with the concrete forms up. The “face” of the house is apparent now that the final shape of everything is there.
[![Concrete wall](,w_225/v1456372376/wpid-imag5177_azv3yc.jpg)](
This is the top of the wall just after pouring. So much anticipation!
[![Concrete form removal](,w_300/v1456372372/wpid-imag5179_qjxytq.jpg)](
The crew in the process of removing the forms from the concrete wall. This is what it looks like standing in the living room where the Panda sliding door will go.
[![The kid's bathtub.](,w_300/v1456372372/wpid-imag5137_1_hm4knt.jpg)](
The kid’s tub showing up was a huge source of excitement for these two. The framers are coming back to put in the wall to the left of the tub. This was one of the few tubs we found with clean lines and a flat front. It’s made by Lyon’s and is quite affordable.
A closer look at the concrete wall. I just can’t get enough of it.
[![Concrete wall](,w_169/v1456372370/IMAG2701_xlogqb.jpg)](
A lovely view of the concrete wall that the lovely wife took. The metal ties are being broken off.
[![Concrete wall](,w_300/v1456372367/IMAG2715_ozceij.jpg)](
Inside the courtyard with the forms off. The metal ties sticking out of wall are being removed.
[![Concrete wall](,w_300/v1456372365/IMAG2721_oibaii.jpg)](
The wall looks a little lonely here. Once we slap a deck on top of it and connect it to the house it’ll all work together.
[![Front of the house](,w_300/v1456372364/IMAG2722_lfuujd.jpg)](
This is the front of the house with the concrete forms removed. The rusty color should go away as the concrete weathers. This is one of the highlights of the house for us because we love the look of raw concrete.
[![Front door](,w_169/v1456372369/IMAG2713_i3xhlp.jpg)](
The much-anticipated front door! This is a solid wood Simpson door. It took us a long time to settle on this particular door, but I’m glad we did. It is wood, but we’re going to commit that sin of all sins and paint it, so there. We’re not thrilled about the standard brick moulding it came with. Maybe we can replace it with something else.
[![Doors to death](,w_300/v1456372368/IMAG2714_egapho.jpg)](
These are the doors to nowhere at the moment. They will lead out onto the deck.
[![HVAC return](,w_169/v1456372366/IMAG2719_jyaccp.jpg)](
In a house with a flat roof, there aren’t a lot of options for return air ducts. The framers built this one today for the upstairs HVAC unit. This means we’ll have one of those funny short doors at the end of the hall. The HVAC and electrical plans are two things that I wish we had spent more time on with the architect up-front.
[![Structured wiring closet](,w_169/v1456372367/IMAG2718_zcqqtw.jpg)](
Here’s the return air duct platform for the downstairs HVAC unit. It takes up a lot of space in the closet I’m using for all of the A/V and computer equipment. You can see I’ve started my low voltage wiring. The big white box is the structured wiring panel, and the silver rectangle is a speaker bracket for the living room. I’ll follow up with a post about the structured wiring.
First set of wires ready to be pulled. White is speaker, red is CAT5e for the audio system, green is CAT6.
This is the exterior door in the master bedroom leading to the deck. We originally wanted a glass door here, but changed to a much cheaper smooth panel door to get costs down and because we were never really satisfied with the glass doors available.
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