Sunday, April 26, 2009

week 4: heating & cooling

The third week, we had a little respite from the initial whirlwind of activity. We used the time to select the AV equipment, created the wall framing plan and details for the TV & speakers, respecified the wine cellar racking and cooling unit, refined the exterior paint scheme, and reexamined the interior colors and interior lighting.

In looking at the lighting, I had become concerned that the new ducting for the two-zones and the lighting would conflict, but as soon as Tom Anctil of Anctil Heating and Cooling arrived with his team at the start of week four, all my fears melted away. Minh and Ron reviewed the locations of the ducts with us, making sure that the supply and returns did not interfere with any lighting, cabinetry or architectural accents. They also installed the new ¾” gas line. Hopefully, in a little over a week, the new high-efficiency furnace will be fully installed. Relocating the furnace from the center of the basement to an exterior wall opened up the plan, improved the flow and increased the ceiling height where we needed it. We are very pleased with the work by Anctil Heating and Cooling.

Daniil of Anctil Plumbing, Inc. returned to reroute the existing plumbing and Ben installed the new water service. Lucas and his team from Rose City Contracting, Inc. removed the asbestos-covered ducts in half a day. Things were buzzing along.

The inspector stopped by and pointed out a few minor things from a previous remodel that will need to be addressed during construction. Yes, that is correct, the city inspector made a house call. This project is a part of Portland’s Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program. In this program, the inspector comes to the home before the start of the project to review and approve plans and troubleshoot potential code issues. On the subsequent visits, he performs the inspections and issues the permits. This single point of contact with the city allows for greater efficiency and project continuity. Ultimately, the FIR Program encourages code compliance in remodels and additions because the process is so smooth, easy and less costly for the home owner.

We also consulted Ron Cowan of Stellar Cellars about storage racks and a cooling unit for the wine cellar. We liked Ron because he is very knowledgeable of cellar systems and design, is extremely helpful, has an eye for detail and quality and is right here in Portland. Ron explained cellar design, lighting, insulation and weather-stripping, wood specie selection, millwork connections and detailing, cooling unit positioning (and camouflaging), among other things. The other companies we talked to were just area sales reps who did not really know the ins and outs their products.

We celebrated Earth Week by de-nailing and cleaning up the TNG boards for one friend so he could reuse it in his home and for another friend for picture frames. With the ample help of our buddies, we were able to salvage 2000-3000 lineal feet of the CVG Douglas Fir TNG v-groove board. Thanks guys, you are the greatest!

Tune in next time for framing & more rough-in plumbing!

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