The first thing I noticed approaching the house this morning was the air-conditioning compressor. Next, we saw that the rest of the system was installed in the garage.
There were at least three electricians inside installing light fixtures, switch plates, and outlets. Two heating and cooling men were installing vent grates and working on the unit in the garage.
Maybe I didn’t make the best choice here. There are already three moths in one of the fixtures in the foyer.
Uh oh. Did I really pick that color for over the breakfast table? It looks so brown.
The bathroom fixtures are the right white but are otherwise very boring. I didn’t pay extra for interesting there.
The electrician was wiring the under-cabinet lighting.
A cabinet woman came in with an electric drill. She was checking the cabinets, tightening knobs and handles, and noting the missing doors. I told her one of the kitchen drawers was broken and so was one in the bathroom. She said she had already fixed the one in the bathroom and would fix the kitchen drawer too. I asked about the way some of the doors were fitting and she said she would be through two or three more times before the closing. She would adjust the cabinet doors after the air conditioning has been running for a few days. The wood will move.
The bathroom light fixtures look so high. I guess they’ll look normal when a mirror is installed.
Here is the wiring on the breaker panel.
We left for lunch and ran some errands. It started to rain. Andy said he didn’t think much would be going on in the afternoon in the rain. There were six, maybe seven, trucks at the house when we got there.
Bulls were dozing all around the house.
This guy was picking up construction trash and loading it into the dumpster.
At least eight men were making a form and digging footers for the back patio.
Back out front, this was the view out the dining room window – for a few moments at a time.
Andy pointed out that the floor outlets in the family room were finished.
Out back again, they were using a machine to tamp down the dirt under the patio.
Remember hard-hat sun-hat from the days of concrete block wall building? He was here again today. Here he is preparing the ground for the front porch to be poured.
Back to the back! The men had placed rebar in the footings and were suspending it with wires so it will not be on the very bottom of the concrete. There was just so much activity, I was running around with my camera trying to capture it all.
Things were so busy that Andy felt in the way. He suggested we go home and return in the evening when the workers have quit for the day. We did just that and when we got back the driveway was formed.
So was the sidewalk.
Maybe that front-end loader should have pushed some more dirt up close to the house. There is a good-sized puddle where I want a row of pink azaleas. They will drown if this is not remedied.
I was delighted to see the front porch taking form.
I went back inside to agonize over the color of the light fixtures in the kitchen. What do you think?
Out back, the form was ready for concrete. I think the plastic was to keep the rain from washing the sand back into the footers.
I paused at the front door to imagine the view tomorrow or the next day.