GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Central Air

Where We're At...

The house is coming along nicely. We’re being told next week the sheetrock is going up. Can’t wait to see walls again!!!!

In the meantime, here’s a visual update of our progress.

WINDOWS
Dining room window is in. And it’s the right size!
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Kitchen window is in - the only window smaller than the original since it’s going over the sink.
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Almost all windows are in and trimmed. (basement and downstairs bathroom still to be done)
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INSULATION
Insulation has started. In fact, they’re farther along than expected.

foyer:
closet and bathroom insulation

living room:
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dining room:
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kitchen:
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Main bedroom:
our bedroom.insulation


ELECTRIC
Electric is done. And all high hats are in.
main bedroom high hats

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There’s a sub-panel on the second floor that sits behind the door in the teensy tiny room:
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PLUMBING

Plumbing is done. And washer hook-up is in.
laundry on off switches

CENTRAL AIR
Central Air is in place and the low-hanging duct has been framed.
Val's room-utility closet and wall for duct

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It’s time to choose tiles and lock in our decision on the wood flooring. Yikes!
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The Big Chill

Central Air is in!

Central Air Closet 1

CA 2

CA 3

CA 5

And a tiny piece of a closet survived!
CA 4

Yay!!!!!!!!!
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Lesson Of The Day - No Decision Is Ever Final Until It's Final

Cases in point:

#1: Sig Other and I spend hours and hours at the kitchen cabinet place and come up with a plan. Turns out the measurements are slightly off. Now, we have to rethink things a bit.

#2: LC and I go over where the vents should be for the air conditioning. I do my research and we come to a decision as to where to put them in the walls. The house thinks otherwise and the only choice is to put the vents in the floor.

#3: LC goes over where the high hats will be in the kitchen. The plumbing disagrees and the pipes block those places in the ceiling.

#4: For a short and glorious while we think we’re gonna get a second nice closet upstairs. But the air conditioning unit decides to hog all that space for itself.

#5: Excited about all the windows in the mudroom, we plan to put a specific large round table in there. Then we buy our washer and dryer which say, “no way” to sharing that much space.

#6. We decide the one thing we won’t do is put a window in a shower. We now have a window in our downstairs shower.

‘Nuff said.
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Change Is In The Air

In honor of the Central Air System that’s going to be installed this week, I thought it’d be fun to show the evolution of Air Conditioning through ads.

[Interesting fact: The first air conditioner was designed in 1902 for a publishing company to keep paper from expanding and contracting.]

1930s Chicago (first movie theater to have air conditioning)
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1940 (note the Cooled By section at the bottom of the ad)
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1941 (another movie theater ad but since it mentions Jack Benny, I had to throw it in)
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1948 (showing women where they belong in the office)
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1954 (air conditioning goes home where women dress in fancy evening wear)
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1955 (an early central air ad done by a happy illustrator and a writer who likes the word ‘not’ )
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1963 (denny’s has air conditioning and food to go! A conflict?)
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1972 (during the long-copy ad days which could be the reason when I first got into the ad business in the 80s, I was told “no one reads the copy” )
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1980 (look - it’s Mel from Alice!)
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2000s (oh, how air conditioning (and advertising!) has changed)
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Today's Topics Of Conversation

An example of my notes-to-self prior to talking with LC today, and his answers in red:


Counter-depth vs. standard fridge and design implications. Either will work, but Standard is recommended. You get more for your money and the difference in this case is only a few inches.

Confirm fire-blocking is done. Done downstairs and upstairs.

Discuss upstairs floors - can we keep old floors? Should we keep old floors? We’ll discuss when the time is right.

Central Air - where upstairs will it be stored? The entire length of the eaves on one side of the house.

Countertops going up wall providing a short backsplash? Recommended? Either way is fine.

Washer/dryer - should we put counter over them? Not recommended since they are so deep. A cabinet above them, however, is recommended.

Basin for washing machine? Will look into it.

Plow for the snow we’re expecting? Will handle it, if needed.

Install landline? Just say where it goes.

And...


An example of LC’s agenda for talking to us, my responses in black:


Interior doors. We need to decide on a style soon. We’ll get back to you.

Door handles. Gotta choose those since they match the hinges, and need an answer soon.
We’ll get back to you.

Front and Back doors. It’s recommended they be replaced since they aren’t insulated at all. Gotta decide soon.
We’ll get back to you.

Return vent for Central Air. Where do we want it? It’s gonna start being installed Monday.
We’ll get back to you.

Obviously, LC is much better at answering questions than I am.

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