John & Melanie Richard

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Inside Work

January 6th:
With the house "dryed in", work is beginning inside. We met with the builder and electrician on 2-Jan to go over the electrical plans. They wasted no time starting the electrical work. The breaker panel is installed, and wiring has started. The plumber should start soon.

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What happens when you flip this switch?

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Ta da! Light in the master bedroom.

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The breaker box.

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Wiring in the loft.

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Installing electic in the insulated concrete forms requires a router.

January 18th update:
Electrical work continues inside the house. The plumber has the flu, so nothing to show there. Mel and John have spent the week shopping for faucets, tile, paint colors, kitchen appliances. There are some new photos below.

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Mel tries out the mock kitchen layout.

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Shopping for bathroom tile that works with our treasured soap dish.

January 19th update:
Today we visited Casselman Lumber in Grantsville MD to pick out kitchen and bath cabinets. It was too easy!! They had a perfect set of cabinets on display. A few personal touches and we were done. In one hour we picked out kitchen cabinets, 3 bath vanities, a linen closet, make-up vanity, and laundry cabinets. Photos of the kitchen are below.

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This was the display kitchen that caught our eye. It even has a cherry floor!

February 10th update:
The plumber and electician have been hard at it. There are 8 photos below.

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Malcolm is our plumber and HVAC man.

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What goes on behind the walls is a thing of beauty.

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Greg's clever communication to us. He got a reply the next day!

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Hot water flows thru the tubes and the fins radiate the heat to the great room floor.

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Fiberglass insulation under the tubes and fins reflect the heat up to the floor.

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The drywall waits to be installed. Next week? Maybe.

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Shhh! With this much sound insulation, the Master Bedroom should be quiet.

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We have been working on the lighting plan. There are a lot of choices!!

February 15th update:
This week the exterior walls were insulated, and they started drywalling. 4 new photos below.

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The blown-in cellulose insulation in the exterior walls fills the cavity completely.

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A close-up of the cellulose insulation in the loft.

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Drywall in the master bedroom.

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... and the hallway.

February 19th update:
Drywall work continues inside. It sure is dusty in there!!

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The dining area of the great room.

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The stairs to the loft, and the basement and master bedroom doorways.

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The kitchen.

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The drywall crew at work in the basement. Time to clean the camera lens!!

March 1st update:
Inside work is moving along quickly. The drywall is up, the mud is on, and all that dust is being cleaned up. Painting starts tomorrow.

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Jarrod sands the knotty pine for the great room ceiling.

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Hootie works on the wood ceiling.

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Mel, surrounded by drywall dust, admires the view.

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The joint compound has been applied, and sanded off onto the floor.

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The kitchen floor has been swept and mopped... once.

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Greg, our electrician, inspects the wiring for the under-cabinet lights.

March 3rd update:
The heat has been on for about a week now. We've wanted to post some photos of the boiler, but good photos are hard to get because all the work going on gets in the way. Here is a pretty good one though.

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The boiler and manifold for the in-floor heat.

March 4rd update:
The drywall primer was applied yesterday. The workers had a technique that made quick work of it. The colored paint will go on next week.

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Jarrod sprayed the primer on the walls...

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... and Greg used the super wide roller for a smooth finish!

March 10th update:
Lots of progress was made inside this week - fireplace installation, painting, and more. Enjoy the pictures below.

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Installing the zero clearance fireplace.

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The paint colors don't show so well in the photos... green in the mud room...

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... blue in the master suite and laundry...

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... and yellow in the kitchen, great room, and loft.

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Greg (The Wall) installed the switches and outlets.

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The doors, delivered from the finishing shop, await installation.

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Gary works on installing the great room ceiling...

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... which is going to be beautiful!

March 18th update:
There was lots of inside activity this week - tile floors were installed, the fireplace received its veneer of stone, the wood ceiling installation continued, and more...

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Greg gets his back into installing the doors.

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The closet doors in the master bedroom.

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The loft closet door.

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The cultured stone will be applied to the fireplace.

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Greg (a man of many talents) installs the stone.

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The (almost) finished product.

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Henry, the tile installer, put in a full week...

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The laundry room pantry has Glacier Bay Arctic Blue - off-white with blue highlights.

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The loft bathroom and closet have Corinth Flagstone - a reddish brown.

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Its Morro Bay Sage Green in the Master shower...

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... and the Master Bath floor.

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The Mudroom looks sharp with the green Continental Slate and maple wainscot from our own trees.

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The collar ties are wrapped, and the ceiling is nearly done.

March 25th update:
Work continued inside this week - doors, door and window casings, baseboards. Also Mel and John started work on the downstairs painting (ours to do). Plus, see Cherry Floors for a special treat!

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Jarrod and Curtis are doing most of the inside wood work, like the door casings in the Mud Room.

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The Laundry room shows the finished casings and baseboards.

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The munchkin doors lead to under-eave storage in the loft.

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Mel and John (and Emily) add some sweat equity to the family room.

April 1st update:
The Great Room/Loft ceiling was completed this week.

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Cellulose insulation is blown into the catherdral ceiling.

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Curtis nails the final pieces into the loft ceiling.

April 15th update:
The kitchen and bath cabinets were installed this week, along with the mantle.

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David Miller supplied the lovely hunk of cherry that became our mantle.

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The Master Bath vanity is natural soft maple to match the Master Bedroom flooring.

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The linen cabinet in the Master Bath.

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This is Mel's makeup vanity in the Master Bedroom.

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The Laundry Room vanity is stained blue to match the decor.

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The kitchen cabinets.

April 18th update:
Winter-like conditions have returned this week, which limits the work to inside work. Still progess is being made.

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The Laundry Room vanity gets its top. A small sink will finish it off.

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Door levers were installed.

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Recessed lights were installed. So was the spacesaver microwave.

April 21st update:
On Friday, the Corian Couple from Casselman installed the kitchen countertops.

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Mike and Jeannie install the last backsplash. They were almost done by the time we arrived.

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Jeannie buffs the island countertop with a Scotch Brite pad (maroon).

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The countertops really dress up the sage base cabinets.

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Mel likes the kitchen a lot! Jasmine thinks she is getting food.