There has been little tangible progress this week, pretty much being limited to the waste and overflow for our tub being installed. They went in at about 7pm on Wednesday night… Our plumber was on his way in earlier in the day when he drove past a friends house and saw massive amounts of water spilling out from the side of the house across the sidewalk and into the street so he jumped out of his van and did some emergency plumbing repairs on a pipe that burst in the cold. So he turned up around sunset and got rolling on our tub.
Without anyone using the space, and without insulation in the basement yet, we’ve been a little concerned ourselves about possible frozen pipes and brought in a space heater:
Its been doing a pretty admirable job of not only keeping the pipes from freezing, but keeping it rather comfortable inside.
So really most of this week was spent preparing for work that will hopefully happen soon. We are about ready to hook up electricity for real and were hoping that we would be able to dig a trench on Wednesday to run underground conduit for our power, but right now are waiting on Portland General Electric to get a permit for us to start work in the right of way. We are also waiting on our Lifebreath HRV (95MAX) which we were told had to be built because they don’t keep them in stock. This is our critical path right now. Once the HRV is here, we can build out a soffit in the bathroom for it to live in. Once thats done, we can put up drywall, then floors, then the already built cabinets can go in.
Next week will hopefully be an exciting one. We have been told that our front door will be delivered on Monday, we should be able to put that in when it arrives. We have also been told that our siding should be here by the end of next week, so that will start going up soon. There have been quite a few delays getting the siding ordered… For some reason, clear FSC cedar is not that easy to get a hold of. We had talked to quite a few suppliers who were quoting us prices between $1.20 per linear foot and $2.50 per foot with delivery times between three weeks and two months out. We ended up finding out that the guys that quoted us the cheapest price had quite a bit of 1×8 that they would cut down to 1×4s for us at the same price, and the turnaround would only be about a week. The two other things that we are hopeful will show up next week are our steel frame around the roof garden, and our built-ins separating the bathroom and living room. Both are currently being built and will likely be ready next week, but no guarantees.