Home Construction Week 21 Summary
Hardie planks are going on! These pictures show the siding, the windows, a door, and a corbel (the knee brace holding up the eve). Installing planks is a very labor-intensive process. Each one is cut to a precision length (allowing a 1/8″ gap on all ends to be filled with caulking) and 7″ of horizontal “reveal” is shown between each plank.
We’ve made a thousand decisions already and we made about thousand more just this week. We had our final electrical walk-through, choosing the location of every light fixture, power receptacle, and light switch. Dave’s only rule was: make the light switches obvious — the switch should be near the light it controls. My only rule was: don’t allow more than 3 light switches on one box. No one is going to learn the difference between all those. I think we succeeded in both.
Schedule and costs: STILL on time (imagine that! 6 months in and we haven’t slipped yet). We do have a change order coming. I want Lutron Silk outlets and covers so they blend in with the kitchen and master bath backsplashes. Go figure, they cost more.
Mood: This was an exciting week for me. We have cabinet drawings from our cabinet maker!! This is the part I think I care the most about. We get to take a trip to his shop in Watsonville next week. I can hardly wait.