I'll be trying to get a blog out a day during the time that my home is under renovation documenting the more interesting things that have happened on a given day. The red/blue comparisons aren't particularly appropriate for these posts and I'll be dropping the scheme for them as such, just a warning.
As of today the renovations on my buildings exterior have officially begun. In fact I'm currently watching someone standing on my balcony ripping apart the exterior walls of the building. It's somewhat odd watching people beet the hell out of the exterior of your house w/o even talking to you about it. But that's disingenuous this project has been developed steadily for over two years of planning before anything was ever implemented. But it's still weird watching a window of your house get pulled out without any warning.
From what I can tell my building no longer has a roof, or at least no longer has shingles and paneling. This would be evidenced by the massive amount of material sitting on the ground around my house and large amount of banging I've been hearing for the last few hours.
Earlier today I got to do the chicken little routine as I had no idea they were simply going to pull my sky light out and all of a sudden i had a few pieces of ceiling tile sitting in my house. I've since placed tarps on the ground but that seems superfluous now as I think they've already replaced the window they ripped out.
Currently what appears to be receiving the brunt of the punishment is the exterior walls, the removal and replacement of which constitute a significant amount of the work on the units. Hopefully the new thermal envelope will work better than the old one did as these houses leaked heat like a siv.
More updates bound to be made latter.
Ah today is the day of getting what you want, and what you don't want all in one. A little while back I decided to run a full networking solution in my house so that all my rooms were connected in a way that I thought would be the most useful. The main problem with the network so far had been that i had decided to store the switch in an upstairs closet along with the router, all well and good except that there was no way to get the cable modem up there. So I had to have a 'wan' port setup on my patch panel for the cable modem line. This isn't necessarily a problem but when all the cable is the same color it's a pain trying to differentiate one from the rest requiring me to go out of my way to ensure I had the right cable at all times.
As of today I'll have a second option for future projects. Part of the renovations stipulated that a new conduit system be installed in the building on a unit by unit basis. Being home I got to ask them to place it in the closet upstairs instead of the loft area of the same floor. Now if/when i get fios I'll be able to place the modem, cabling, switch and router all in one place and have a series of generic connections end to end instead of special use connections. This is for lack of a better word, awesome.
On the downside I currently have no sliding glass door and all of my windows are covered in dupont tyvex paper and lack actually windows.