25 June 2009

finish details

Many finish details and framing decisions were furthered on site this week. The most exciting, in my opinion, were the wood floor stains that we got to look at yesterday afternoon.

We are trying to achieve the dark color of the small board on the upper right side of the photo. After adding some ink to the satin finish of the sample in the foreground we should be just about there.
We also got to see more framed soffits and skim coated walls.

Duct work living in a new soffit can be seen here.

Two framing options for the new stair to the new top floor. The option in the foreground was chosen by the client.
The in-floor radiators are also getting installed.

Windows at the north side of the new top floor have also been installed. The room feels really wonderful with the huge terrace outside.

Our refurbished cornice has also been completely installed.

We actually had to hop out the new top floor windows and onto the framing system that attaches the cornice to the house to get out onto the scaffolding!

16 June 2009

windows and exteriors

Yes, windows are still being installed at the north, garden side of the house!

Here you can see that they've installed the four windows on the third, kids' floor of the house. The garden floor windows won't be in for another 3-4 weeks so unfortunately we'll be looking at that tarp for a little longer.

Here are the two, north kid's bedroom windows from the inside.

and the finished parlor floor north windows from the inside.
Over the next few days the subcontractor will install french doors and windows at the new top floor. You can see they're still waiting for a sunny, dry day to complete the stucco here as well.
Our refurbished cornice is also getting installed this week.

Here's a shot of the cornice from above

and another looking at the installation of the cornice from the scaffolding on the house.

This image shows how they install the cornice. If you look to the right side you can see our neighbor's cornice beyond. Ours will be black too once it's painted in place.

05 June 2009

stairs and windows part 2

This past week the installation of new windows and stairs continued.

The parlor floor windows look amazing both from the inside and outside. It's shocking how precise the installation needs to be. The exterior trim pieces do not even allow for a 1/16 of an inch off!

I could look at this exterior photo all day. It's so satisfying to see our rear elevation come to life.

Once the parlor floor windows are all installed they'll start on the double windows at the north bedrooms. You can see the windows are patiently waiting to be installed.

Here you can see the stair that connects the master bedroom floor to the children's floor. Our second run of stair that is just about complete.

The landing and tread details are beautiful.

Next week, along with more windows and stairs going in, we are hoping to have more soffit framing complete as well as the stain selection for the wood floors throughout the house.