Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why do you build me up, Buttercup

...just to let me down?

We stopped by the house on Sunday evening to see whether they had started insulation, but no such luck.  I shrugged it off at the time, because I know that the electrician was still working on Friday morning and if he hadn't finished when the inspector got there, no inspection.  So I assumed that was the case, and that the inspection would probably happen Monday.

Today, though, I was expecting to see insulation at the very least, and drywall or siding at the best.  What did I see when I pulled up this morning?  Nothing.  Zip, nada, zilch.  No insulation, no drywall, no siding.  Not even deliveries of the supplies for any of those things.  It pretty much looked just like it did on Sunday.  Oh, there were people walking around inside, and a generator/compressor type thing was running by the garage, but without the supplies I don't know what they could have been working on.  Does this mean we didn't pass inspection?  Without our case number I can't look on the county website to find out.  I would really, really hope that our PM would let us know about something like that.  If it weren't for the fact that I have no voice at the moment (bronchitis, blech) I'd have been making some phone calls...and as soon as my voice is back I will be.  We were really hoping they'd be able to shave a few days off our Dec 19th date, but this is not the way to accomplish that!

All that aside, I have not been idle...as noted on the last post, my pre-drywall gazillion pictures were taken on Friday and I spent most of the weekend stitching them into meaningful pictures.  And let me tell you, I'm glad I did it immediately, because they STILL started to blend together into one massive pile of studs and wires.  For those of you who can't do video (I started to, but the iPhone's video lens isn't wide enough for my standards), I highly recommend turning your pictures into panoramas.  It is SO much easier to figure out what's where if you can recognize the room based off of two walls and a window or door, as opposed to one wall and possibly nothing else!  The newest iPhone OS (6, I think?) has that feature, or if you have Photoshop there's a pretty easy to use tool in there.  If anyone would be interested in how I do that, let me know.  I've definitely learned that there's a couple tricks to getting a good panorama out of a series of stills.

Here's a selection of my panos...I didn't crop them to tidy rectangles so as to save as much pertinent detail as possible.  As you can see, some have more distortion than others, so even knowing the tricks isn't always good enough if you don't follow them!  :)


Basement door, under morning room

Basement, from morning room looking towards smaller storage area

Basement, from morning room looking towards smaller storage area

Basement, in the larger storage area looking at where all the mechanicals are
(I believe this is under the study)

From living room, through dining room, pantry/powder room, kitchen, into morning room

From family room, through study to garage

The wall of the laundry room where the pipes are (also the hallway wall)

Kitchen, the electrician is standing in for our stove  :)

Kitchen ceiling - there is a LOT going on up there, so take lots of pictures!
This is only one out of five or six that I stitched together.

Family room, looking through staircase and mudroom to garage

More kitchen, looking through powder room/pantry, dining room, living room

From the master bedroom, looking to the opposite corner

Mudroom (with no closet, per our non-standard request) and staircase

Staircase from study, with lots of HVAC showing

Added for Isz:

End of family room, with study door on left


Family room into study/staircase


16 comments:

  1. I see we were not the only house with no activity on Monday or Tuesday.

    I hope you feel better and your voice returns soon!

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    1. I guess Monday was technically a holiday? Still doesn't explain Tuesday, though.

      And thanks for the well wishes. :)

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    1. Thanks! Are you building with Ryan Homes?

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  3. Whoa! Panos are sweet!!! I see you took a couple shots that are very useful for me...

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eFkl_jIZmnw/UKRIP_syM3I/AAAAAAAABOQ/keDjGVMAHmE/s1600/walls+-+family,+study.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XSgyZBqhiKM/UKRIjz0cqVI/AAAAAAAABO0/PPB8tE41fk4/s1600/walls+-+kitchen+family+split.jpg

    Will print them so I can take to my PM and have a meaningful discussion about building a recessed wall in the Family Room.

    Thanks for the great pics!!!

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    1. I added two more pics for you, don't know if they'll help but thought it was worth a try. Next time I'm up there I'll see if I can take more helpful pics for you.

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  4. We didn't have any progress on Monday or Tuesday either. Your studs look great, though. ;) Feel better soon.

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    1. They certainly are handsome studs, aren't they? ;)

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  5. First of all, I just love the song choice.....I worked bar Karoake for so long I heard it ALL the time..

    Sorry to hear about the hold up...you must say to yourself there must be a reason........right?? Or so we hope :)

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    1. lol...that was one of the songs we played in Pep Band in college. So while I haven't heard the WORDS a ton, I sure as heck know the tune! :D

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  6. Good luck with your timing, I understand the nerves... I actually like the uncropped panoramas tons better: my brain can process them a lot easier, and it almost makes a 3-D thing happen in my head, because the frame edges give reference for perspective. Panoramas that have been cropped to straight sides make my eyeballs go weird, like I'm looking through a bendy lens or a funhouse mirror, and sometimes I have a tough time figuring out what I'm looking at, exactly

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    1. I can see that! I cropped the ones for the models, just to make them look better, but I think I agree with you. Probably I should fix the lens distortion before I make them into panoramas...that would help with the bendy lens effect.

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  7. Amanda, hope you are feeling better very soon if not NOW! The pictures are great and I still don't know how to use my camera. I need to start practicing like yesterday. I did not see your sprinkler system installed in the pictures--maybe that is the hold up with the insulation. After the sprinkler system is installed the guys installed some insulation above each location of the sprinkler system. Later, they installed the insulation throughout the house.

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    1. Ah yes, sprinkler system. I had not thought of that, but I believe we are supposed to get one. Will have to ask about that!

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  8. We had many days where we expected to see activity and saw nothing and other days we would go by expected no one to be around and they were super busy doing something. I guess a lot of it has to do with the availability of the subs.

    One thing I can suggest is to spray foam everywhere you see crack, holes, and around all the windows and doors, quick before they insulate. I think the spray foam does a better job than the "chink" they put in.

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    1. It looks like they already did that! I took some pictures of it, bright orange stuff in all sorts of strange places. :)

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