Kitchen updates – plumbing, panels, trim, hood, tile, electrical – whew!

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!

Sputnik light fixture over the stairs

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The roof is done

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.

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Countertops and appliance preparation

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!

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Cabinetry updates

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.

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House painting, stucco color change, and tile work

Work continues both inside and out.

The color change from yellow to gray/brown is visible here. The painter mistakenly switched the trim and window sample colors here.

A painting and masonry contractor is repairing all of the stucco on the old house, and they are coating the old stucco with Texcrete to change its color to match the new stucco on the addition. While we had wanted to re-stucco the old house, this was the fastest and most affordable way to make the house match.

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