Almost one month ago, on March 19, I shared a T&G nickel gap progress report. Needless to say, I was bullish at the time. It had taken a while to make the transition to interior paneling, but once we started, I was optimistic that we’d make swift progress. That was then. It turns out that “nickel gapping” the walls and ceiling inside the icehouse would be intermittent and slower than anticipated.
Although most of the extended team has helped with nickel gapping the icehouse interior in one way or another, at one time or another, much of the recent progress has been made by Supi.
Almost exactly two years ago we were shiplapping the interior of ADK Oasis Lakeside. It’s a big house with lots and lots and lots of shiplap. And the persistent shiplap installation timeline weighed heavily on final month and a half. Having personally undertaken two sections of shiplap, I was a receptive to the proposal to change from shiplap to T&G nickel gap. Installation would be much quicker, I was assured. Much quicker? How much quicker? That turns out to have been an overly optimistic perspective. Nevertheless, we are entering the homestretch.
With less than a month before the windows arrive, we really need to wrap up with nickel gapping so that we can start installing the variable width ash and elm flooring the team has been preparing for months. And the garapa paneling in the bathroom, another time consuming project is yet to be started. And there’s plenty more: stair risers, treads, and ;handrail; trimming and cabinetry (ie. coffee bar); decking east and west decks; hot tub and mini split slabs, hot tub installation, hardscaping (stone walls, steps, and pavers); brackets and tie rods to install; and… so… much… more!
With deadlines looming and still heady punchlists, it’s easy to get angsty. But there’s a mountain of accomplishment in the rearview mirror to offset concern and foster guarded optimism.
For now we stay focused, sprint toward the finish line, and trust the process. Nickel gapping today, hardwood floor installation soon.
What do you think?