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Manifolds, Pipes & Lights…

By on Jul 5, 2014 in Back Porch, First Floor, Renovation | 2 comments

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Phew – my head is spinning.  Big time. I’ve learned a lot about construction. One thing I’ve learned is that I don’t want to do it again.

8I didn’t quite expect the constant need for decisions. All of the time. Anxiety comes along with all these decisions. Getting the little things right has always been a big thing in my book.

relax_newsVacation is right around the corner. The pressure is on. Gearing up for vacation has been quite the feat. When we get back, the drywall will be finished. Because of this, we’ve been scurrying to make sure that every outlet, light, speaker, etc… is in the right place. Decision after decision after decision.

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A lot has happened over the last two weeks. We got word that our oven has left the factory in France and is on the boat. We’ll be passing her in the Atlantic. 

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Because of the size, we had to order a custom hood, and deviate a little from the original chimney style hood.

hood shape

Here’s the shape we chose. I like how it is reminiscent of an old world style.

kitchen electrical

Actually it will work out better with the beams. (P.S. see how much BETTER they look with the dropped ceiling!) Jonathan’s plan is working out perfectly.

plumbing

Many things are now moving right along.

entry plumbing

Plumbing and electrical are in.

manifold

We have a fancy manifold control system. Apparently this is the plumbing brain. (I’m still learning about how all of this works…)

new panel location in utilityBeing able to control the aesthetics of our home is a great benefit of a major renovation. Often it’s the little things that drive me crazy. Our ugly panel boxes will now be nicely hidden in the utility rooms.

landing recessed

Hello recessed lighting – goodbye dark spaces!

recessed in dining

recessed in music

We are really looking forward to being able to control the lighting and moods in all of our rooms.

inset for art

Here’s an area where we are recessing a piece of art in a wall with special lighting – a cool idea our builder thought of.

exterior closer

The outside siding looks great.

side

It blends in perfectly with the old.

side westWe went with real wood so the imperfections would show and match closer to the original wood we have.

hvac

The HVAC has been installed. Four systems to maximize efficiency and coolness in the right spots. (Now I can get ready and sleep in the tundra without breaking the bank – ahhhhh.)

ductsNew ducts have been installed throughout – hello healthy lungs.

old intake

And, bye bye (huge) ugly entry intake. We welcome something that is smaller and far less noticeable.

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The porch columns are finished up and it looks great.  We are really looking forward to spending a lot of time here.

Hello vacay and bye bye decisions. I’m looking forward to the break from making any decisions for a few weeks. See ya’ll after drywall…

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