Cameras & Color – April 27, 2019
The main purpose of this trip was (a) Make some color decisions on the trim (facia, pillars and window trim) and (b) Get the Ethernet lines for the cameras and speaker wires run prior to the dry wall going in. Good progress on both.
For color, we are going with a dark grey (almost black) trim around the windows and facia. The pillars will get a brown stain which we are told will darken over time . So maybe next pics will have this done. Garage will be brown and be a nice contrast with the Mahogany siding. The porch will be trex material (color TBD). Decisions = Progress.
Gary and Adam (works for Wes) ran the camera lines. New personal record…11 lines in less than 3 hours. Really helps when Adam can just walk across the trusses and drop the lines into the office. Gary had run a couple on the last trip up but still this went lightning fast. So now all lines are run.
Using a cellular router (and ATT data service), Gary was able to get a few cameras mounted for live streaming. So far, this is only 3 of 11 external cameras that will eventually go in, but it will help to keep an eye on progress when we cannot be here. Will install a few more when we come up on our next trip (currently planned for May 17) to provide even more views.
Also looking at a 5.1 speaker system so Adam/Gary ran some lines out to the center of the Great Room for future listening. Gary will run the rest today along with identifying all the “smart” light switches that need to go in. We also have a few measurements to take on the kitchen island so we can size the cabinets and countertop. As it stands, it will be pretty large (80″ x 50″) and be in prime position for TV viewing and chatting during meal prep.
The weather is spectacular. Cool at night/morning and in the mid 70’s during the day. The alpine tree smell is back and all snow gone in town. The Feather River is running high from all the winter snow and rain – which is really nice to see.
Met some more neighbors yesterday and getting to know Mike Boyd (Wes’s dad) better. Everything so far is falling into place. On our way up here Thur, we were commenting on how all this is now “real” and fully happening. The early vision from 2003 is playing out and the journey has been extremely gratifying. If all goes as planned, we may be able to spend our first night on a floor mattress sometime in June!
Killer Progress – April 6, 2019
Linda and I drove up in one of those sprinter vans yesterday full of bathroom stuff needed for installation. Pretty easy drive until we got to east Sacramento heading to Auburn on route 80. It was 51 degrees, raining and we were concerned about chain control. Unlike previous times when I had a 4-wheel drive truck, this was just a van with no snow tires and no 4WD.
We kept our eye on the temp gauge. Down to 49 degrees, then 41 and full on snow. The hills get steeper at Donner Pass and chain control could turn us back. If that happened, we were in for 3-5 extra hours to get up to Graeagle. 38 degrees, 35, 33, and then 32 at Donner. Full on snow and sleet now but the van kept ticking.
Gary promised Linda that if it was snowing in Truckee, that we would bypass route 89 and head on into Reno to take the (longer) route up 395 and 70. Which we did and it dried out in Reno. Up to Graeagle we went and ended a 12-hour drive.
A quick unload of the van at where we were staying and over to the lot. The boys have been doing good! Siding is on all around, windows in and doors on too. Looking really good as you can tell from the pics at the bottom of the Construction page.
Interior has made a lot of progress also. Electrical lines and can lights are in along with plumbing lines and ducting. Really getting a sense of what it’s going to be like. The Great Room is looking…great. The view from both that room as well as the master bedroom is sweet. We are starting to imagine waking up to that view – in all the various seasons.
Got several things to accomplish today. We meet Wes in a couple of hours to go over everything. Also getting more cameras up so we can watch from Anaheim and will plan our next trip up. Thinking to run lines for Ethernet and in-ceiling speakers. All home automation and security has to be planned out now and implemented shortly. This is really moving along!
Check out Linda’s blog too.
Until next time,