I can hardly contain myself at how excited I am to soon have HEAT! The blog updates and pictures have been a little sparse over the past week because it’s been so darn cold, the evening so early, and we so busy with the automation wiring that I haven’t had many good opportunities to take pictures/write. Too bad because there is a really impressive trunk line of wires going every which way, but when it came right down to it I felt it was more important to run the wires than take pictures of them. What I can say is over the past weekend, several late nights, and a few lunch breaks we managed to run 7000 feet of audio, automation, network, security, and miscellaneous wires. It really is an impressive array of colors going every which way, and although it might look excessive, every wire has a reason and means for doing something really great to make my life easier.
I’ll try to document this with some closer up pictures tomorrow, but for now you’ll just have to be happy with this shot from far away.
There are wires going everywhere! Literally… Everywhere! Sensors to monitor when the windows/doors are opening closed, electric operators to open and close windows/doors, infrared network, network/telephone distribution, HDMI distribution, ALL KINDS OF STUFF! Many thanks to the great folks who dealt with some very cold wire pulling to make this happen. Thank you dad, Craig Green, Andrew Blackstone, Erik Giggey, Freddie Haynes, the builders Jerry and Mike, and electricians Wayne and Kevin. Without you guys I could never accomplish the level of automation that will soon be happening. Believe me it’ll all be worthwhile!
I wish I had some more pictures of the incredible wiring job the electricians did throughout the house. I’ve noticed it a little more difficult to document the finer things like wiring than the oh wow look at the siding pictures. One is so immediately obvious, while the other is more behind the scenes but equally important. What I can say is the wiring looks spectacular and the city inspector passed it without a hitch yesterday morning. Again, I’ll try taking more pictures of this tomorrow as well.
Now on to some great things that will soon be making my life so much better. The cold… I just don’t deal well with it. My body doesn’t move, so it doesn’t generate heat, so when I get cold life sucks. Thankfully, the insulation is well underway, and the builders so cognoscente and accommodating for my overall lack of heat. Today I made it up there bright and early around 7:45 AM, and within just a few minutes of being there they created a little “hot room” out on the porch with a combination of insulation, poly, blue board, and cardboard. It might look a little backwoods, but it certainly gave me a place where I could be at the job site and still enjoy myself without chattering my teeth too much.
It’s only going to get better as the days go on and more of the house gets insulated.
This is only the start, as the builders will get this in place before doing the walls/sheetrock, and then will eventually be blowing in over a foot of additional insulation. It’s amazing what a difference just having half of the house insulated; it already feels so much warmer!
One thing that is really obvious even from these pictures is the level of care they are taking to make sure everything is sealed up tight. No gaps anywhere.
The next major hurdle to jump in this whole project/getting me and everyone else comfortable is the heat. As you can see the mechanical guys have been busy at work plumbing the boiler to the five zones of heat.
It’s coming! I’ll be up there all afternoon tidying up some of the automation wiring. I’ll make sure to get lots of pictures!