Sunday, September 27, 2009

week 26: cork tile install & plumbing

There were a few ups and downs this week.

Cliff of NW Glass Specialties came by to measure for the shower door and medicine cabinet mirror. In just a couple of weeks the bath will be finished.

Jeff of Anctil Heating and Cooling installed the vent covers for the new heat vents in the basement and outfitted the laundry dryer with a form-fitting cap. He’ll come back to adjust that cap a bit as it does not fit the dryer well and look at our chimney cap, which has been leaking.

The toilet and laundry faucet finally arrived and Daniil of Anctil Plumbing installed them. He’ll return to install the wet bar sink and faucet once the counter is here. He’ll also attend to the adjustable bar for the shower then, as the wrong part was shipped.

Chuck of ecohaus installed the cork tiles in the cellar. We were eagerly awaiting the cellar racks from Stellar Cellars, but will have to wait a bit longer. Unfortunately, Ron got his truck broken into and his tools stolen. How awful!

The custom flooring transitions that Dana of Guillory Construction fabricated did the trick. Shown below, is the one between the linoleum and hardwood at the laundry room. The second transition he made between the hardwood and carpet will be installed later. He also made beautiful access panels and trim for the return grille, water filter and water shut off in the laundry.

Aaron of Portland Metro Electric moved the refrigerator outlet to a more convenient location so that the undercounter fridge could be installed properly. He'll return to install the rest of the lighting.

Erik our contractor of Ostmo Construction changed out ALL the receptacles, switch and plate covers to the correct finish color. The photo on left is the before and the one of the right is the after. He also installed the under counter refrigerator at the wet bar in preparation for the counter installation.

Peter of Classico Marmo stopped by and templated the granite for the wet bar counter. Sadly, he was not able to cut the stone this week, as a valve in his compressor gave out. He was able fix it quickly, and shall return next week with our counter.

Johnny of the Laurelhurst Fan Company dropped by the exhaust cover. It is a thing of beauty! I am so glad I splurged on it. Because of existing constraints, the exhaust fan for the bath was placed on an interior wall. The fan was then vented through an exterior wall and under the back deck to obscure the exterior vent cover from view. But on the inside, I could not bear the idea of staring at a 14" white plastic square vent cover every time I entered the bathroom, so I searched for something more vintage-looking and discovered the Laurelhurst Fan Company located right here in Portland, Oregon. Who thought something so mundane could be so gorgeous? I thoroughly enjoyed working with Johnny and Nicole and can’t wait to have the grille put up. Below is a photo of it, but tune in later for better pictures when it is installed. This really does not do their work justice.

Tune in next time for tile, hardwood flooring, cellar rack & installations as well as final plumbing!

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