|The back of the addition has a lot going on, with the bay window, the larger porch (which will be screened in next spring) and a smaller open porch that shelters the basement entry and the back door in the ca. 1975 addition.|
|The landscaper has begun extending the gravel driveway and will leave me plenty of room to plant (an herb garden? boxwood?) in front of the addition. Once the new clapboard ages to match that on the main block, the brown gutters will disappear.|
Before we can get the framing approved by the building inspector, we need to have the plumber, HVAC folks, and the electrician do their work. The plumber, who is out west deer hunting, will start in a few weeks. He came by last week to look over the job and decided he wanted to personally help with the lay-out. I like to hear that. One of the few things we thought we would buy from a "big box" store was a corner shower for the bathroom. I looked them over on-line and picked out the one I thought would be the best for us. I mentioned our choice to the plumber and he let me know that a local plumbing supply store carried a better-quality brand that could be purchased (through him, at a discount) for about the same price. We checked out his suggestion, liked it a whole lot more, and purchased it through him. It was about the same price as he said it would be.
The HVAC folks--Grace Energy in Rio Grande--started yesterday. They're putting in a Unico high-velocity air system with a Unichiller to supply both heat and air conditioning. They were very happy to see deep crawlspaces and a small (but dry) basement that give them plenty of room in which to work. We will be so happy to disconnect the electric baseboard heaters when the time comes!