Dalek Invasion!?…

…Or just are really cool water heater.  This Rheem Marathon water heater is perhaps one of the best quality units available.  While building our house, we have made creative use of lots of recycled, reclaimed, repurposed and bargain material but there are sometimes when you just have to go with what is best.  Jeff has a favorite saying, “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”.  This water heater fits into that category.  Though it was fairly expensive, it is super efficient and because the tank is not made out of metal, there will be no corrosion issues. The tank as a rounded bottom which will flush sediment easily. This is especially important given our “rural” water source.  The tank also has a lifetime warranty.  It will be interesting to see how that plays out in a house that has an estimated life span of 900 years.   To top it off, it’s really cool looking with its curved shape.  Definitely fits in our house.   Perhaps Dr. Who will stop by to check it out.In preparation for hooking up the plumbing, we worked on getting the bathroom vanity in place.  The drain and vent lines are in and we set the shut-off valves which will be connected to Pex tubing running to the water heater and main cold line.

We also got the rough-in plumbing set for the kitchen sink and dishwasher.  (You can also get a good sense of the kitchen layout in this picture.  As soon as we get the framing done around the water heater, we will be ready for the plumber to come and hook it all up.


Pony up to the wall

Greetings.  It has been quite a while since our last post. Between my son’s visit from Alaska and both Jeff and I getting that horrible crud cold that’s been going around, we have not made much progress. Butt…We did start some work on the kitchen area.  This framing is for the “Pony Wall” which will separate the kitchen sink counter space from the living room area.  An 18″ bar counter will be cantilevered off the top of this wall to create a standing, or tall stool seating area.  It should be a great place to hang out at parties.