Saturday, September 29, 2007

The BIG PULL!!!! (not push) Time for Jimbo's wire magic!



Today marked the first full day of pulling the communications wire... (low voltage stuff), you know.. TV/cable/satellite - high def, data (this time around including CAT6, and Fiber Optic to future proof the house, as well as Audio for surround sound and in all ceilings in the house. I built special racks to hold multiple spools all at once, minimizing the time to take to pull the cable. The ceilings in the Great Room are 15 feet high, which made it a challenge going up and down, up and down... well you get the point. Tomorrow more of the same, mostly audio now and also doing the Central Vacuum 2 inch lines. Woo Hoo! I smell sheet rock coming!!!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

7pm, September 26th



Um, there ain't no shade on the shade porch, mister.But, look there, she sure do clean up pretty.

Jim ordered the glass for the iron doors from Anchor Ventana today, including rain glass for the guest bathroom.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Some September Sunday

Even though the fall flowers are blooming and the days are getting shorter, summer has decided to come sit a spell. The caliche has turned to moon dust, coating every shoe and paw to get tracked in immediately after the floor is swept.

Tommorrow will mark one week since the masons began their work and Jim is working feverishly to finish the wiring. The limestone arrives in big chunks which the masons shape into just-right blocks of mustard, grey, salmon, terracotta, sand, moss, buckskin, and of course, caliche-colored wall. They work methodically and with an artist's sensibility, sometimes taking down small sections not quite to their liking.

Peg's folks stopped in to see the progress first hand. It's hard to get a good perspective just watching the pictures parade on the blog. We take a brief break with the folks at Angel's for a 1/2 pound burger, onion rings, and a pitcher of soda. How'd ya like the white cheddar queso, babies? How's that beer-battered tilapia, sweetie? Take care, honeys.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

More rock....


These masons are awesome... the rock is exactly the old-world look were were going for......

Monday, September 17, 2007

Gonna rock this house..... Rock it outside.... huh..




Rock rock everywhere... now it goes up on the house. The pumphouse/garage gets an overhang in prep for rock as well. Electric is finished rough in today, AC/Heat as well. Jim now moves on to installing all media and security wiring plus central vac as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday all work, no play. Roof is loaded and started



Today, Saturday, the roof was loaded up with a Sky Trak (basically a big 4 wheel drive fork lift) and of course they immediately run over the the main water lines running to the house and broke them.. so Jim is going to play plumber tomorrow. Rock has been delivered and they will start on Tuesday of this week. Pump house/garage has been sheathed and rapped in prep for rock as well. Its funny seeing it go through stages as the pump house has been here the longest. Next week, Jim runs all low voltage lines, including cable, data, security and fiber. Also prep for the central vac unit which arrived this week. Humming right along! Whew.. can't wait to get back to the office on Monday to relax a little. ;)

Friday, September 14, 2007

The roof.. the roof... the roof is...needing tile!


Yesterday, the tile showed up for the roof. This is a blend called Sand Canyon Blend from Hanson Roof Tile Today they will lift it onto the roof to get it ready. Also today, the cornice guys will come and wrap the pumphouse/garage/studio with osb and Tyvek. But wait there's more... the electricians should finish up the rough inside, and the rock guys had the first load of rock delivered, and I had to unload 1100 lbs of doors that were waiting for me when I got home in my work clothes!!!! aaaahhh! More pics to follow.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

rock & brick



The rock is from Cobra Stone in Jarrell, TX. It's 'Weathered Flagstone' and you can view a photo of it on a completed house at http://www.cobrastone.com/flag18.php. The brick is French Quarter by Acme Brick. Although, the Country French (shown on the far right in photo #1) is nice, too.

Monday, September 3, 2007

labor day day-labor

Jim is extending the lower roof of the pumphouse and creating a 'brick pocket' for the masonry. The pumphouse will be faced with the same stone as the main house.