What happened to the beautiful, clear, sunny weather we’ve had all summer? This week was a bit screwed up by the rainy days and overall Maine-like weather. Funny what a summer full of beautiful days will do to your perception of a little Maine weather. Take last week, I was as annoyed as all heck by a few rainy days, but let’s be realistic at least it’s not three weeks straight like last year. So yeah, slowed things down slightly, but we still made some great process.
Gary was on-site a few days last week to run the hot/cold water lines from the utility room to all the water outlets in the house. We decided to run a balanced manifold system where all the lines will be home-run back to the utility room with a separate shut off on the manifold for each line. This setup is a little different than the normal residential system where each line is junctioned off the line before and daisychained around the house, but we thought it was well worth the added expense/effort simply due to the fact that there will be no junctions or interconnections within the slab. Add to this the increased granular control over the plumbing, possibility for future automation, more balanced water pressure/temperature, and overall coolness of the bright red/blue manifolds in the utility room and this was the only way to go. Check out the photos of the bright red/blue pex tubing at each location.
Because this house is an extremely wide open floor plan with some rather large rooms we decided to install a few electrical outlets in the floor at areas where we’ll likely have a couch, end table, or computer and need power. It was a bit of a guessing game at this point to know exactly where we’d need power (and I had to use lots of imagination), but the electrician ran conduit/electrical boxes to two locations in the middle of the family room 8 feet apart, and one location in the living room near the middle of the house. Hopefully we guessed right for the locations!
Notice the floor drain concrete box in the middle of the garage. After talking to the code enforcement officer, the plumber, and earth were contractor we have decided to move forward with putting a drain in the garage.
Now we just need to decide if we’re going to make the garage 4 feet longer. I’ve never heard a person say they built their garage too big!