Finish details are appearing as we push towards our move-in date. We hope to be in the house in early June, and that will require completion of the kitchen, a bathroom, exterior deck railing, working doors and lighting, and a safe stairway. We have a lot to do, and I’ll be taking time off work to do as much of the finishing work as I can. I’m already acting as the project manager, with a PERT chart scheduling the subcontractors, showing dependencies, etc.
Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen the drywall crew complete most of the mud and taping, the stucco crew have applied the “scratch” coat and the “brown” coat, and the elevator and garage doors have been installed. For the first time this weekend, the house is an enclosed, contained structure that we can lock up at night.
Here are pictures of the elevator installation. You can see steel channels bolted to one side for the lift mechanism, with the hydraulic ram and cable that raises and lowers the cab. The next picture shows the frame that the elevator cab is built on.
The finished product is on the right. We got bronze hardware to match the windows and door fixtures. The elevator is made by Savaria Concord, and Nationwide Lifts did a great job of putting it in for us.
This makes our house accessible for our parents. It also gives us a way to get the kitchen appliances up to the 3rd floor!
Below are some pictures of the drywall and stucco crews, both hard at work and taking their lunch break. These guys worked long days, and one full Saturday, to get the job done while the weather was good.
Right now, the garage ceilings and the exterior railings are all painted, and we’re ready to do the garage walls and start painting upstairs when the walls are ready. In a week or so, I hope to be starting to assemble and install kitchen cabinets, having someone start the bathroom tile work, and installing the cable railing for each deck. And we’ll be working on the interior stair way before the end of the month. I also want to have a working toilet this week, so we can have the fence and porta-pottie removed from the front of the house. Our neighbors will probably appreciate that 🙂
No time to rest.