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The Start to Summer and the End to the In Wall MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) Work.


June in Texas is actually one of my favorite moments of the year. I say moment because this delightful interlude between Spring and full blown Texas Summer is brief and fleeting, and I therefore try to soak up every moment of this idyllic “season”. It is warm enough to dip into the refreshingly cool pool, but not so warm that you confuse the opening of your front door with the opening of a 350 degree oven. (See below: girls patiently awaiting the arrival of fresh baked brownies this afternoon! Yum!)


There is almost always a quiet breeze rustling through the verdant leaves and grasses. The billowy clouds skip across the brilliant blue sky; clouds which often mature into cleansing and cooling evening rainstorms. See below for the moment before the raindrops fall on a Texas June afternoon.


Some of my fondest and most distinct memories of childhood were those long days spent at the pool or aimlessly playing in the backyard followed by snugly night nights under a gently whirring fan while I was lulled to sleep by either the pitter pattering of raindrops or the wistful song of the Cicada bug. I do love my Texas, especially on June days like today, when I get to watch my own precious babies frolic about during this enchanting time of summer and life. I will enjoy it even more once we are in our home three(ish) months from now!

Below: A perfect example of a lovely summer morning.




So here we are, on the tail end of the most seemingly unending part of the project, In Wall MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing). Massive amounts of progress are made each and everyday, but it is hard to see or feel or contextualize. This part of the project includes all of the HVAC, electrical work, and plumbing work. It is the part of the project that is vital to the modernization of the home and imperative for the practical functioning of the home. We want it all done correctly and as solidly as possible, so that, even though this part of the project feels endless and I cannot wait for the walls and floors to be covered back up, we will hopefully never have to fully open up the walls and floors again to address untouched issues or mistakes.

I thought it would be fun to briefly look at some of the in wall electrical and plumbing work before it is covered up.

Below you can see the opened ceiling in the upstairs hallway. All of our new electrical wires are required to be run in conduit. Therefore each new wire added inside the walls and ceilings must be run through metal piping. Not the easiest or least destructive method, but certainly safest in the long run, and required by the city. The electric box below is ready for our lighting fixture. Almost all of our lighting throughout the house will come from a plethora of affixed ceiling lighting fixtures (not canned) and multiple lamps throughout the home. Almost all of our lighting fixtures were sourced by Bunker and myself from a place called Rejuvenation.  Awesome company based in Portland with a wide variety of period appropriate lighting fixtures that will look wonderful in our 1916 home, but also in a 2017 home. Their pieces are versatile and of supremely high quality. We ordered one example of each of our choices over the past few months before we placed the full home order. I highly recommend this strategy so that you can feel the piece and see it in the actual space.


Below you can see the electrical box needed for a canned light. We have very few canned lights going into our house as it is just not period appropriate, and I have an odd aversion to them. Canned light locations in our home are limited to closets and bathrooms.


Here you can see the electrical workings behind a switch plate used to turn on and off lights. We chose to use the older toggle switch rather than the newer rocker style.


Here we are on date night checking out the right size and placement of the family room TV so that we could determine the TV outlet placement. “TV” is the large rectangular packing board to the right of the fireplace.


Below: Adding sconces to the outside of the office requires small holes in the interior and exterior walls.


Below you will find two pictures of the girls’ shared bathroom. I feel like these images are the most compact and complete views of all the wiring and plumbing needed inside the walls.


Night night from my gorgeous summer babies.


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Love and hugs,


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