Posting a few photos taken this week of the main floor entry and den.
|Foyer.... ignore the temporary front door!|
Our plumber and electrician are a father and son who work together as a team. They've been busy pulling wire and laying pipe.
We're going the extra mile and putting in cast iron drops (the vertical drain pipes) within the walls so that the noise of water draining through the pipes isn't loud. I stayed at a house last year where the sound of rushing water from upstairs showers and toilets through the PVC sounded like a waterfall within the walls.... seriously!
|View from the foyer toward the den. (Basement stairs to right, bookcases on the left.|
Cast iron isn't used very much anymore, but it was important to us. We had insisted on cast iron drops at the old house and as a result there was no sound of water falling through the walls in the hallway.
|Looking from the MBR hallway across the back of the den, Kitchen at far end, dining room to right.|
The sounds of silence aren't something that anyone will notice so it's easy to overlook the benefit. But visitors in the guest room would otherwise be having to listen to the sounds of our shower and toilet draining down from above their heads!
|Temporary stairs to the basement, foyer.|
We're also bucking the norm here in VA and not putting floor registers in the main level for the heat and air. Yes, I know that heat rises and so floor vents help with heating, but I also know how much dog hair and dirt gets on my floor each day. So we're routing the vents up to the ceiling. No worries about furniture placement and Atta can shed to her hearts content!
|Looking from the kitchen toward the dining room (L) and den (R). Beverage area (R) with 1/2 bath behind it.|
Our stretch of warm weather ended this afternoon when some blustery cold winds moved in and the temperatures will be down in the mid-20's tonight. We're going riding in the morning and I'm wishing that I had ordered some winter riding pants!