Kuppersmith Home Renovation Project 4: Roughing-In

With the additions to our 1926 Kuppersmith Project house framed up, the brick masons began work on the brickwork for the outside walls of the house.

Since the new brick on the addition had to blend seamlessly with the old, both bricks and mortar were carefully selected so they would match perfectly with the rest of the house.

Laying brick on Kuppersmith Project house

We also installed the Fiberon composite decking from their Horizon series on the back porch floor. The decking I choose had an ipê finish, and contained 74% recycled material, making it very eco-friendly.

Hidden deck fasteners with stainless steel screws were used to give the floor a flawless appearance. Fiberon Horizon composite decking comes with a 20-year warranty against staining or fading.

Installing Fiberon composite decking on back porch

Inside the house, our plumbers, electricians, and HVAC specialists were hard at work roughing in all the plumbing, wiring, and ductwork to get ready for inspection so we can begin installing insulation and hanging drywall.

That included installing the Broan-NuTone bathroom vent fans, which are tailored to the size and style of each bathroom, along with the piping for our central vacuum system.

Wiring a switch for the Kuppersmith Project home

In the master bathroom, our plumber installed the ioDIGITAL® shower valve from Moen that can be programmed to control every aspect of the showering experience – from water temperature to sprayers – for each member of the family.

In addition to all the other wiring, speaker wires for the audio system and specialty cables for high definition TV hook-ups were run through the walls and ceiling to a central electronics component closet.

Meanwhile, our construction crew finished up the installation of the JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, including a massive 8’x16’ double sliding glass door unit that will serve to separate the family room from the back porch.

Installation of JELD-WEN sliding glass door on back porch

Since motorized, retractable screens from Phantom Screens will be installed on the back porch, the framing for the porch columns and beams had to be done to the proper dimensions to allow for easy installation.

With the plumbing and wiring almost complete, the hundreds of sheets of drywall we’ll be using on the house were delivered.

Delivery of USG UltraLight Sheetrock

We’re using UltraLight Sheetrock® from USG Corporation which weighs 30% less than standard drywall, is more sag resistant, and carries a Class A fire rating. It also is covered in recycled paper, making it an environmentally friendly choice as well.

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The Kuppersmith home renovation project follows the extensive renovation of a two-story, Tudor style home built in 1926 in Mobile, Alabama. In the fourth of our 13-part series, we:

  • Brick the exterior of the additions.
  • Install composite decking on the back porch.
  • Rough-in the wiring and plumbing.
  • Install sliding glass doors.
  • Frame the back porch for retractable screens.

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