What's Happening Now: Early March

We're wrapping up the myriad loose ends as our "to do" list steadily gets shorter.


Workers from JB Concrete returned -- we last saw them when they poured the foundation -- and laid down a concrete apron in front of the garage. From there a short sidewalk extends to the front stairway.

Concrete apron in front of the garage

We chose a light tan color for the concrete. We avoided dark colors, since that would contribute to a "heat island" effect, absorbing the heat of the summer sun. On the other hand, a very light color would have reflected the the bright summer sun -- as it's high in the sky -- into our windows, negating the shading provided by our roof overhang.

Beams in the Great Room

The beautiful curved beams were set in place above the great room.

Curved beams added to the beams above the great room

Fireplace in the "Bug Room"

The finishing touches were added to the fireplace in the "Bug Room."

This is a high-efficiency fireplace that can probably produce enough heat for the entire Great Room.

Fireplace Xtrordinaire
Catalytic fireplace

We look forward to using it!

Completed fireplace in the 'Bug Room'

Floor in the "Bug Room"

The slate floor was completed, and turned out more beautiful than we ever imagined.

The multi-colored slate perfectly sets off the colors of the stone fireplace.

Slate floor in the 'Bug Room'

Electrical Work

Electrician Dan Williams and his co-workers from Sunset Electric returned to wrap up the few remaining loose ends (so to speak) with the wiring.

They installed the remaining exterior floodlights -- which are activated by motion sensors -- high on the outside walls.

Installing an exterior floodlight

They also installed a track light on the highest interior beam, to provide light for the upper-floor walkway as well as general lighting for the Great Room.

Installing track light on the high beam of the Great Room


The last of the appliances -- the washer and dryer -- were installed in the Laundry Room.


Bosch front-loading washer
Model WFMC530SUC

Bosch electric dryer
Model WTMC532SUC

Washer and dryer in the Laundry Room

Railing Rings

With the "live wood" curves of the railing along the stairwell in the great room, we found that there were some spaces that exceeded the 4-inch maximum prescribed by the building code.

Metal-worker (and neighbor) Dave Myers -- of Myorian Studio -- stepped in with a solution.

(Dave is the person who fabricated the metal brackets for our beautiful Great Room sconces.)

He made a set of rings -- of metal that matches the sconces -- and attached them to the railings wherever we needed to reduce the spacing a little.

Metal rings attached to the railings in the Great Room

Closet Doors

Bifold doors were installed on the closets in the Guest Bedroom and the basement Mud Room.

Bifold doors on closet in the Guest Bedroom


Door handles were attached to all of the interior doors.

Towel bars, toilet paper holders, and grab bars were also installed in all of the bathrooms.

Door lever

Touch-Up Painting

With the inevitable dings and nicks on the walls, touch-up painting was a necessity.

Our niece Kris Puleo stepped in and did a skilled and careful job. She patched drywall where necessary, straightened the edges between colors, and -- for some walls -- applied another complete coat.

This is a great improvement!


Kris Puleo at work with a can of 'Aura' paint

We purchased about a hundred native plants at the annual plant sale of the Kitsap Conservation District and planted them and strategic locations. The species were:

Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)
Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)
Tall Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)
Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)
Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant)
Slough Sedge (Carex obnupta)

Deer fern -- a species useful in 'rain gardens' -- ready to be planted on the infiltration trench

Getting Ready | Well | Milling Wood | Excavation | Concrete
Framing | More Framing | Plumbing | Electrical | Floors | Roofing

What's Happening Now:
Late Oct | Early Nov | Mid-Nov | Late Nov | Early Dec | Late Dec
Early Jan | Late Jan | Early Feb | Late Feb | Early March | Mid-April - Done!