Spent the day looking for problems. My wheelhouse!
Will continue through the weekend. Make multiple passes. Lots to look at. Once insulation and drywall go up next week, finding new problems - bad.
It goes against my nature, but I will begin with something positive. The Quail Manor has it's first swag. Actually it's second swag, but I don't have any pictures of the first swag. CtC out did himself and found a faucet handle.
One, I love the expression. Two, this bad boy is dense. I suspect made of "A" Mountain stone. It will reside on a hose bib of prominence. The first the Quail Manor swag is a family of rusty steel quail presented to us by Sweetie's favorite sister. They stick in the ground so we can move them about to suit our whimsy over time. But, I don't have a picture and they are residing in the safe keeping of Ann's favorite sister's favorite sister.
Biggest problem to my eye is the stain color. It's as dark and red/orange as it looks in the pictures. Way more dark and red/orange than it looked in the samples. Hoping the white foam and lath around the house is exacerbating the contrast. Stucco process starts later part of next week so we'll find out if the taupe reduces the contrast and tones it down. If not, we wait for the sun to do it's thing. Not much CtC or Tony the Painter (henceforth 2TP) can do about it...
Roof looks great. At the beginning of the Quail Manor, CtC purported the roofing company was the best in town. Of course they are second generation roofers. Everybody in Tucson seems to be second or third generation in their chosen trade... Technically the second generation sold us the roof. The third generation installed it. Did a beautiful job. Turns out CtC was right. I hate that. He gets all puffy...
Now for a word about the second generation, Dan.
I may have mentioned it, but Dan is driving a big, brand new, custom truck with better leather than the buttery soft leather in my not so new anymore Volvo. Diesel, dually wheels, truck lights on the cab, chrome diamond plate wherever something might bump it. It's a beautiful truck. He cruises with his dog so of course Sweetie liked him. It may have been the truck, but she said it was the dog. And I have to believe her because she reads this sometimes.
What's so good about this truck is that Dan (henceforth Dan with the Big Assed Truck, DBAT) is very sensitive about his big assed truck. He got a good deal and paid whatever was over the cost of a normal work truck out of his own pocket. All that. His conscience is clear. Mostly.
When we started getting roofing estimates I of course asked if WE were buying DBAT his new truck. No, no, no. Then I hear about how he cleared his conscience. Me do think he protests too much. I of course am not the only one giving him grief about the truck. So at some point in every conversation it comes up, he protests, I shake my head and bitch about buying him his truck. Good male work site fun...
Back to bid'ness.
Very happy with the roof color. And the roof color with the stain for that matter. Think I've mentioned it, but there is a mechanical section where we put standard standing seam metal roofing so easier to walk on. Also easier to flash the flat stuff so this is where all the roof penetrations have been placed. They held the overhang back so can lean a ladder against the roof with no damage. An interesting thing is the color of the standing seam part is exactly the same as the color of the corrugated stuff. Looks completely different until you get up close and personal. The corrugated shadow lines make the color much more interesting.
Also turns out we got unanticipated upgraded drip-edge around the edges. Very nice.
I'm a good little problem finder. I figure to find a lot of them. To keep organized, I built a folder set in Evernote so each room and compass point outside has it's own folder. This way I can keep track of bugs, reference where they are and then check them off as we clean things up. And, I can print the lists so CtC does not have to worry about reading my once beautiful, now not so much, penmanship. And, I can note things on my phone if that is what is available. I can note things on my iPad if that is what is available. I can note things on my laptop if that is what is available. Everything gets updated and synced in real time. Little will be lost that way!
Not sure CtC is all that excited about all this organization of problems that he is usually the first in line to address. Kind of a critical path thing. We've already established how CtC feels about being on the critical path.
Biggest issues so far are the roof line where the garage juts out from the house and the height of the front porch lights.
The roof issue is shown below. Everywhere but in this situation, the roof overhangs about 2 inches. But not here. When I first saw it, I presumed DBAT has missordered and ran out of material by about 4 inches. Or the BAT needed some new trinket. Turns out to be a vexing problem. This is the only situation where the overhang is pointing up. If it rains and the wind blows. Which is pretty much how it rains here. The overhang is going to capture water and direct it right down under the corrugated metal and eventually into the Quail Manor. Not the intended purpose of the corrugated metal. So, up we go. Left footprints on the roof. Going to have to have the staff head up and wash the roof now. Turns out how they approached the problem is absolutely the right way to keep water out of the Quail Manor. A good thing.
But, this corner is kind of very important to the look of the house and it looks like we ran out of roofing material. It kind of looks like crap. A bad thing. So. CtC and DBAT are working through scenarios. Most likely is to leave as is AND add a ridge detail like at the peak of the roof. Will make this edge look more finished...
If you look carefully in the peak detail picture, you will see the metal bead where the foam and lath abut the wood blocking. The stucco goes up into this channel bead so no stucco touches wood. Then we (CtC or 2TP presumably) caulk between the metal channel and the wood. The whole house top and bottom and around windows and doors has this bead. Lots of bead. Lots to caulk.
Problem two is the height of the boxes where the front porch lights will go. Intentionally we bought cheap and simple light fixtures for the front porch. Needed four of them to light the whole porch and kind of wanted the light to be indirect. And not to have to buy an expensive light fixture. Have you priced light fixtures. No such thing as a cheap one.
So. We want the light fixtures, the round boxes, to go up as close as practical to the ledger. Monday AM CtC will move those up about 8 inches or so to about the level of the Styrofoam above the door. That Styrofoam will be extended down to the door when it gets installed on Monday. After the round boxes are moved up. A pain, but not too bad.
Here are today's pictures. There are a bunch of them. Took a whole bunch more inside to capture blocking and wiring and plumbing so once the drywall goes up we have a chance of knowing what is behind it. Wont bore you with those. Thinking about doing a video with a voice over of the blocking. If that comes out, I'll share a link. It'll be epic.
In the pictures, note:
- Stucco color sample with installed garage door. I think close enough.
- Stucco color sample against the wood stain. Still not sure...but it is what it is.
- Front and Back door. These will be painted "Seal Pup Blue". I don't think of Seal Pups as being blue, but the color we picked in a darkish medium blue. Once we saw the name, we figured, close enough!
- Shots of the new bathroom floor. Color not perfect match, but pretty damn close. Suspect by the time the floor is sanded and waxed and there is a bathmat down. Will be fine. Also a shot of the patched floor in the closet. Looks fine.
- Careful observers will note that the pocket door frames have been installed on the bathroom doorways.
- Shots of the back wall grate after a big storm while I was gone. Some evidence of flowage.
- Shots of a retention system SWITBO built when here in July. Looks like it worked!
- Normal shots around and about.