Sunday, January 01, 2006

House Update: 1 Jan 2006

It is the new year and the house is coming along smartly.

Yesterday they started installing the flagstone for the side patios (generously financed by my father--we had originally cut the flagstone out of the initial construction in order to stay within budget). It looks great and will go a long way to making the exterior look a lot more finished.

CIMG2821We had a meeting on Friday with Ed the Designer to go over his color selections and discuss lighting fixtures. Yesterday we looked at the paint samples on the walls and refined our choices. They were also working on the final finish work in the master bath (including the sauna, yeah!). Here are a few pictures of the master bath with all the stone installed:


Here is the downstairs bath with the travertine tile installed:


They also got the high-tech dog door installed:


The builder said they tested it out and that it's really really cool.

They have finished the exterior stone work except for the cap along the top edge:


The cap will be this light-colored sandstone:


CIMG2816They delivered the materials to finish out the screen porch and should start on that on Monday. They also delivered the metal siding and should start on that on Monday as well.

This means that the exterior should be essentially complete by the end of the week. They expect to have the painting done in a couple of weeks. Julie has started ordering light fixtures and ceiling fans. I think they also plan to get the upstairs flooring installed this week.

The main outstanding interior item is the kitchen bar--they still need to pour the concrete pillars that go on each side of the bar--that should happen this week. Once that is in they can finish the bar and install the last bit of kitchen cabinetry.

Then we have to start selecting plumbing fixtures. I can hardly wait.

We seem to still be on track for move in some time in February.


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