We continued to make great visible strides throughout the first half of July, as you can see in the photos below.
The second half of July lots more happened, but it is harder to see unless you are walking the rooms everyday. The AC duct work went in, as did the electrical wiring, the cable and telephone wiring (yes, you still have to wire for phones). The gas lines and plumbing also went in. And lots of interior framing for closets and interior features also went in.
Monday, July 23 we had our pre-dry wall walk through with our project manager Mark. We had a room by room punch list of questions and things that needed correcting before the inspectors come and the dry walling can commence. The past several days have been spent making those changes and having all the systems inspected by the City/County.
As soon as all the inspections are done, we can install the last of the doors and start insulating, bricking, and drywalling. Here is where we are this week…
Perhaps the most amazing thing in all of this progress is that, in spite of the abnormally large amount of rain we had this July (think monsoon), we only missed one day of building because of the weather! You can kind of get a sense of the weather from the first several pictures, which are dismally gray but dry, at least when I was out taking pictures.
Oh, and our timeline moving forward – if all goes well – would have us done around the end of October. That is heavily dependent on several trades, especially the cabinet makers. From a macro-economic perspective, it is marvelous that Texas in general, and Houston in particular is experiencing a mini building boom. From a micro-economic (and mental health) perspective, we’re praying fervently that the cabinets are ready at exactly the right time, and everything else falls into place like dominoes.