29 July 2009

garden progress

Most of the progress over the past week has been in the rear garden. Retaining walls have been cast and even more dirt has been removed to accommodate our dry well.

Our stair will be where the rebar is standing up between retaining walls. Our drawings are a little easier to understand.The interior of the house continues to move forward as well. You can see that they've framed out the curved walls around the new, curved stair.

17 July 2009

stair and garden progress

The stairs at the townhouse are finally complete! Each run has been installed and they truly look amazing. The three images below are of the stair that runs from the parlor floor to the master bedroom floor.

The stair that runs up from the garden floor is equally impressive.

The wood floors are all installed on the top three floors as well. They will be stained in a few weeks and then covered for the remainder of the job.
Work on the rear garden is also underway. This first photo is from the terrace above looking down.

We've also chosen our fence which runs between our stoop, areaway, and tiny front yard. It actually matches our neighbor's house across the street!

Things continue to move along with sheet rock and electrical service as well. Here you can see one of our new top floor rooms. It's nice to have some people in the shot as you can really start to get a feel for the ceiling height.
Here's the understoop areaway that contains our new electric meter and service end box.

02 July 2009

Thursday Site Meeting

We saw lots of small things coming together on site today. Our Audio-Video/ Security guys were on site wiring all of our installed windows into the security system.

Here's a shot of the window sill jamb. Can you believe that tiny little white dot is the security magnet? They're so discrete.

We also chose a final floor stain. It's the darkest sample all the way to the lower right of the above photo. It matches our goal stain perfectly. Wood flooring is already being installed at the new top floor.

Door saddles throughout the house were also discussed. Here you can see the fire-rated door frame at one of the elevator doors. That nasty steel piece will be covered with a slightly raised wooden door saddle in a few more days.

We also got our first on-site peak at the master bathroom tub. Sadly, it was another overcast day for our site meeting which made for bad lighting but I still think you can see the shape and size of the tub are stunning.

They were also constructing a small vertical radiator for the parlor floor entry way. This unit will be hidden in the wall behind a decorative grille.

Work in the garden also continues. Here you can see a trench which has been dug to accommodate the back yard drainage system.