Zach has been actively involved through each stage of his dream home journey, from design to the most recent rough-in. When all of a sudden you’re seeing progress, it’s incredibly exciting,” he says.
While it may sound like a technical, cut-and-dried process on the surface, when you dig deeper, it’s far from dull. In fact, the rough-in stage provides homeowners with an essential opportunity to enhance their living experience — as Zach discovered to a new degree.
“I didn’t realize when I started the journey how even choosing the light fixtures would add my own style to the home,” he says. “For example, lighting used to be a way of getting from one place to the next, but now it involves setting the ambiance, highlighting certain features of the structure itself, including the exterior.” He chose to include under and above-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, highlight each timber truss in the great room and enhance exterior features with accent lighting — all of which are much easier to execute at the rough-in stage rather than trying to retrofit down the road.
Recognizing the importance of rough-ins, Zach cut no corners, painstakingly creating an electrical game plan, which included the precise placement of each outlet in the home. He also took into account how many bends and elbows would be necessary in the ductwork of his HVAC system and plumbing to ensure ultimate efficiency. And, with future maintenance in mind, he carefully selected aluminum clad, casement-style dual-pane Pella windows and a steel-clad jamb for his front door.
While his eye was turned toward the future, he made a number of tech-conscious moves. In addition to creating a plan for having an indoor sound system (which included outlets on top of the kitchen cabinetry for speakers and lighting), he had wiring laid around the wood line of the property for outdoor speakers and security cameras and included multiple zones for internet hot spots. “When you’re working with dense, heavy timbers, you’re going to need more than one wireless hot spot for optimum connectivity, so you need to plan ahead for that,” he explains.
Join us on Zach’s Journey
Our “Dirt to Done” series will continue to follow Zach’s road to hybrid log home ownership, from here, all the way to adding the final finishing touches to his log-and-timber forever home. See all the previous stages here.