Today I got in a full day's work on Redford. It's been busy at home but all is good. Angela is spending lots of time looking after Barley, our new puppy. She's a real cutie:) (Yes, I'm talking about Angela and Barley;)
I can truly say the kitchen of Redford is 99.9% done. I'm still waiting for the little trays that install on the tip out false front in front of the cooktop. But everything is plumbed, the cooktop works, and the drawers and cabinets work well. I can't quite test the plumbing yet because I need to get the shower base installed before I can run water into the drain system. I'm sure I can test that out tomorrow. We had bought an under mount sink but because we switched from Corian to a laminate counter we had to install it as a drop in. I was able to modify it (burnish the sharp edges and bend the flanges a tiny bit) to install it using silicone sealant but there's a reason why you want to buy the right sink! I think it turned out really nice but the edges are not completely tight to the countertop because there no way to clamp it from underneath and pull it down tight. And working with silicone... well that's kind of messy. We'll have to see how long the silicone lasts as well. A 100% silicone for kitchens and baths was recommended to me at the local big box home store as it would be less likely to breakdown like a latex based sealant. Overall, I'm super pleased with how the kitchen has turned out.
I know there will be loads of small installations still to complete but the bathroom is the only "big thing" left to do. Getting the sink that will be the shower base ready was a lot of finicky work. Bending the sink flanges (up so that water would flow into the sink) and putting spacers onto the supporting lip took a long time. I needed the spacers so that the Flex Seal tape that I'm using to water proof will direct water into the sink base and not towards the walls.
The van came with two giant foam "blobs" on either side of the cab just behind the seats. They are made of a special foam and they will burst off the side of the van in the case of an airbag deployment from above the windows on either side. The foam is like what you find in bike helmets - that way if it hits you during an airbag deployment you shouldn't get severely injured. Some people take the foam out and frame the area in wood or other material. Some people use glue and fabric to cover them. I decided to try and keep it simple - cut them to fit my ceiling and panelling, paint them, and reinstall.
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.