The Bryant Furnace is Hooked Up!


Here’s our new Bryant furnace which was installed on Friday. A temporary thermostat is installed to the right of it. We turned it on and heard it fire up but we had to turn it off because the house still needs to be sealed up. John has to install the exterior Hardie trim, seal all the window and door jambs with low expansion foam sealant, and of course, the big job of insulating the entire house followed with drywall.

Here’s a quick video I found on Fine Home Building showing how to use low expansion foam around doors and windows.

Tomorrow, the electrical inspector will do the rough electric inspection. If we pass, we can begin insulating. After the insulation is installed, we’ll then drywall. After the work is completed and the house is nice and tight, we’ll be able to turn the shiny, new furnace on.

Once the house is heated, we’ll then have running water flowing through the colorful PEX pipe waterlines. Evan, our plumber, we’ll soon be installing our 50 gallon water heater too. We’ll be able to turn on faucets and have the luxury of modern day plumbing.



Go to PlumbTile for Versatile Farmhouse-style Kitchen Sinks

I have a serious soft spot for traditional farmhouse kitchen sinks. The highly desired design is reminiscent of yesteryear, evokes a sense of nostalgia, and the versatile design, complements any kitchen décor.

The kitchen sink is the most utilitarian tool in the kitchen and it was the very first item I ordered for my kitchen-in-the-making. I chose a white fireclay farmhouse-style sink with a large single basin; it’s the most authentic and traditional farmhouse sink design. Fireclay sinks are made of clay which heats up to 2,200 degrees, resulting in durability and a nice shine. For the most part, it’s scratch and chip-resistant and easy to clean.

firecaly farmstyle

Farmhouse-style sinks a.k.a apron-front sinks (because of the drop-down “apron” styling) are also available in copper, stainless steel and stone. PlumbTile has a wide selection of single and double sink designs in all four materials.

Copper farmhouse sinks with a hammered finish and an applied colored patina can be stunning in a rustic kitchen.

copper farmhouse sink

For those of you who want your sink to stand out, consider granite, which has become a popular choice. The Old World style and strong-as-a-rock durability will undoubtedly garner tons of compliments due to its natural beauty.

stone farmhouse sink

For a modern look,  a commercial grade stainless steel farmhouse sink is polished and practical.

stainless steel farmhouse sink

The Backstory: The London and Belfast farmhouse-style sinks were the first designs in England and Ireland in the 17th century. Water was hauled from wells, lakes and rivers and into homes. Deep and spacious farmhouse sinks were filled with water and the apron front was ergonomically designed eliminating a countertop. The person washing the dishes didn’t need to lean over causing back strain and pain.

Due to the brilliant design, the London and Belfast designs, also called butler sinks, were popular in wealthy homes. Sanitation workers in both cities permitted the sinks in homes hence the name. The deep Belfast sink had an overflow for excess water to drain away instead of flowing over the sides. The London sink was more shallow. Water was precious and it was meant to stay in the sink. And, of course, in today’s world, water is still precious.




Helping John with the Home Runs


While John was in the crawl space, he fed me the 12/2 wire in the kitchen. My part was easy.

John completed all the “home runs” yesterday. Running the wire for the entire house was a huge job.

It will be all worth it in the end, but right now, his arms are feeling it and his hands are cut up.

Today, we finished installing the rest of the high hats in the kitchen and dining room.

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There are a total of 60 Halo high hats throughout the house.