Hildring House – Stuff is Happenin'

Remodeling & Design / Monday, January 30th, 2017

I love architectural contrast. Since Debra has decreed at least two “pretty” pics per post, I’ll use some of that contrast for the first one. This shot is – obviously, because of the iconic CN Tower on the left – in Toronto, taken from the the St. Lawrence Market area looking back downtown.


Now, let’s see what’s going on at Hildring House –

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This is the electrical plan sheet for the new laundry room and powder. At the top, you can see the designations for the new windows – the one in the bath completely new. Well, they’re in.

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New Laundry Room Window
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New Powder Bath Window

Remember when I showed you the pendant lights for over the island still in the box? They’re still in the box, but in this elevation, you can see where they will go:

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To put it in perspective, here is another shot of the kitchen from the view shown in the elevation:

The arrows show the junction boxes and wires for the pendants

In the last post, I showed you one of the junction boxes for the wall washers on the vault wall. Here is shot showing all 4 – you can get an idea of the over-all scheme.

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Looking at the electrical plan for the kitchen can orient you to the layout. Remember I said that this is a long galley, so your “triangle” is sort of smooshed, but we believe it will work quite well.

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The arrows once again point toward the pendants

Having seen that, the next elevation will make more sense – it’s the fridge wall cabinetry.


And, speaking of cabinetry, here are elevations for the island and the new laundry room cabinets. Of course, Debra has made some changes that aren’t reflected on these illustrations but you get the idea.


Progress also has been made on the gas line. If you recall, the choices were to trench around the foundation or run it through the attic. The attic was the easy call. So – it came down the side of the house from the meter and into the closet area in what will be the office –

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It’s a little high for Shawn’s taste but we’ll just cover it with plantings, anyway, so no big deal.

It runs up the closet wall

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into the attic and down into the kitchen. 2017-01-28 12.33.19.jpg

And, SURPRISE! They were able to tee off of the line in the attic and run it to the fireplace!

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I see gas logs in our future.

Drywall will be going up soon, so it’s time to make some paint decisions. Debra has a special surprise for the wall leading into the new powder bath, opposite the door to the new laundry room, so I can’t talk about that – except to say that it’s pretty bold. But I can show you some of the decision-making for the laundry room, itself. Obviously the tile is the focal point of the room, so the paint has to coordinate.

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Color books are wonderful things, don’t you agree?

And speaking of paint brings me to the requisite second “pretty picture” of the post – back to Toronto for a spectacular Trompe L’Oeil mural. I don’t remember the purpose of the building. Really nice work, though. 2014-05-22 09.47.00.jpg

We’re excited to continue on this Hildring House journey, and even more excited that you’re joining us. Please let us know what you think –

Thanks for reading!

2 Replies to “Hildring House – Stuff is Happenin'”

  1. Hi Dan & Debra! Such great progress on this project. I did have a question on the CSS gas line. Our codes won’t let us run that as the primary line – we have to use black iron pipe up to the appliance and then a short flexible line to connect. In a neighboring state CSS can be used, but has to be bonded electrically back to the breaker panel. Always wonder why so many different code requirements depending on locality. Since you’re in ‘the law’ I figured you would have an answer 🙂

    1. Hey, Curt – thanks! It is black pipe – it’s just covered with an insulation that makes it look like it’s not. But a more general answer to your question is that it’s up to the local building authority what portions of the national building codes they adopt. Most use them as baselines and sometimes augment them with additional safety measures.

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