It was a full day today.
Al continued working on the roof, trying to stay in front of the forecasted rains for tomorrow (100% probability). Bryan met with the City of Monte Sereno to review our preliminary lighting control plans, John Rider dropped by to see how the project is developing, Bryan and John met with Nathan Merrill to review the progress on our red front door, and Shane Lothrop provided instructions on how we could make an opening in one of our shear walls.
And our daughter, Kate, was on the winning team for her first AA baseball game with Los Gatos Little League (Kate plays hardball).
Reviewing Progress on Our Red Front Door
During John Rider’s quick walk-through of our project, Nathan Merrill called Bryan and asked if he could move the scheduled time of 2:00 pm forward to noon for Bryan to to review the progress Nathan was making on our red front door. With John having to go back to his office, it was perfect! John followed Bryan in his truck to Nathan’s shop on Dell Avenue.
John Rider has worked on our project since July 2008. John is a LEED-accredited professional and is now accredited under the LEED for Homes program. John dropped by to say that he wants to complete the preliminary rating review on our project and finalize the plans so we can proceed. Darrel Kelly, our Green-rater under the LEED for homes program has been encouraging us to schedule another integrated project meeting to complete our preliminary rating. John is with Jrider + Design.
Bryan introduced John to Nathan Merrill, of American Ornamental Iron and then Nathan took us into his shop. Nathan had our door hanging from his shop forklift, so he could work on it.
Nathan explained that he is planning to have the door powder coated and asked Bryan to sign off on the colors for the frame and the door. Nathan has the original red front door in his shop and will take it to the powder coating firm so they can match the color.
John was impressed with the Valli & Valli hardware and Nathan showed John the details where he will not only be meeting the specifications and finish by Valli & Valli but exceeding them. For example, Nathan is ensuring that all the edges of the door have the same rounding radius (.0625 inch) and that the stainless steel recessed machine bolts are brushed as per the Valli & Valli finish. Detail is key …
Making an Opening in Our Shear Wall
The recent earthquake and resulting tsumani in Japan shocked us and underscored the importance of exceeding the local seismic requirements. Since our objective is to live in this house for the next 15 years, we don’t want to meet code requirements – we must exceed those requirements. We believe strongly that the San Francisco Bay Area will experience a 7.5 or greater earthquake in the next 15 years.
For our lighting control panels, Bryan reviewed locations in the house and then met with our Building Official at the City of Monte Sereno, Howard Bell, this morning to discuss our proposed locations. Howard reviewed the alternatives with Bryan and recommended that we make an opening in our shear wall in the upper laundry room to do so. If we go with that location then Howard requires us to review the opening with our Structural Engineer of Record, Shane Lothrop of Innovative Structural Engineering.
Shane reviewed the proposed location and then sent Bryan written instructions on where and how to make the opening. Those instructions included requirements on the opening so it will maintain the structural integrity of the shear wall.