Plumbed and Wired

After my last post, I’ve been dabbling in the mudroom here and there, hanging drywall on the kitchen-side of the wall – so we at least have some separation – and preparing for running wire (read: drilling lots of holes).

And then after a few weeks of minimal progress, last weekend happened to be one of the most productive in a long time.  We made great progress on getting to the stage of being ready for electrical and plumbing inspection (thanks to the help of my old man, who sacrificed himself to spiders after I experienced a stampede).

But as usual, before getting under the house to do plumbing work, we found a project to help us avoid the demons of the crawlspace for as long as possible… So we had some beer.

And chopped down the dead tree in our front yard that was about to fall on the house.

It was rotten nearly all the way through. State Farm should be paying me right now.

With the branches cleaned up, we crawled under the house to add the refrigerator water line and rough in the sewer and water for the laundry sink.

We also installed the switch and outlet boxes, the ceiling light boxes, and ran the wire for the exhaust fan.

And, my favorite part, ran wire to the door jamb switch in the pantry that will automatically turn the light on when the door opens.

And with that complete, I decided it was time to order some lights as a reward – and what perfect timing. I JUST received my fall Rejuvenation catalog in the mail, and noticed they’re running a 25% off sale on period basics until Nov. 7 … including the “Lombard” schoolhouse fixtures I wanted.

Since Rejuvenation is a Portland-based company, I drove across the river and picked up the beauties.

I can barely contain myself.

And remember my goal of being ready for inspection by Halloween? Met it! Now I just have to figure out when I can take a day off to meet the inspector, which, by the way, is one of the biggest downsides to being a weekend-warrior DIYer… a lot of important steps, like getting permits, ordering specialty supplies (cedar siding, doors/windows, etc.), and scheduling inspections, must be done during normal business hours. Easier said than done for a 9-5er.

So… if anyone wants to volunteer to be my GC for the rest of this project… feel free to give me a call. I’ll make you a batch of beer.

It’s already in the primary, actually. My sister Megan and Jesse-in-law got me all of the supplies to make a tasty IPA for my birthday.

The pantry is already serving it’s purpose nicely.


  1. Bre said:

    Glad to see you are making progress! I like the light fixtures as well, good choice. Hope to taste the b-day IPA brew!

    November 1, 2011
  2. Toni said:

    Nice choice in lighting — we picked the same one for our kitchen!

    November 15, 2011

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *