The demolition is underway!
The addition is nearly complete, aside from a few minor points. The plan is for it to be completely done by the end of next week, at which point phase two will commence!
The momentous change this week is the new hole into our addition.
There are a lot of updates to report on the addition.
We have plumbing fixtures! We have panels! We have (some) trim! We have a tile backsplash! We have light!
At long last, the roofer has finished our roof, gutters, and downspouts. Here is a brief chronology:
About one year ago, last February, we had some terrible ice dams and roof leaks. We signed the contract with the roofer in March. The roofing project began in June. The second floor roof was completed in August. Significant progress was made in September and October.
Yesterday, Friday January 18, 2019, was the epic conclusion of our 10-month-long roofing and gutter project. Yes, believe it or not, the project took exactly 300 days to complete.
Few things are more dramatic than seeing countertops installed after a long, problematic, over budget, and delayed construction project.
Our builder made a lot of progress preparing for appliance installation, which included installing water and gas valves, electrical circuits, and protecting some floors.
Thanks to the efforts of professor Paul Kruty and his students, an original floor plan of our house was made in 1992. Paul published the main floor plan in his book Walter Burley Griffin in America, but the floor plan for the second floor has eluded me for years. Today, that mystery is solved.
Our roofer has started installing the copper downspouts.
We walked through the new kitchen with our appliance installer last week, and identified a few small items to address before they arrive on January 3rd. For example, 220v wiring needs to be pulled through for our double wall oven, a valve needs to be installed for the refrigerator water line, etc. Some of the final plumbing won’t be completed until after the counter and sink has been installed. It will be interesting to see how this goes – seems like kind of a mess.
Also, we have learned that “due to the current political climate,” our countertop choice is no longer available. So, we visited the slab warehouse yesterday. Wow!
Our kitchen cabinet installation was paused due to a ceiling height issue, and our builder had to re-order slightly shorter upper cabinets. That delayed our scheduled appliance measure and installation.
The new cabinets arrived and installation is now nearly complete. This time around, only one of the cabinets is the wrong size. Unfortunately, it’s the cabinet that the hood will be attached to, so that will probably cause an additional delay for the project.