|This is BEFORE....|
|This is AFTER...|
|This is BEFORE....|
|This is AFTER...|
|This is a picture of the last window to be installed -- the one above|
the front door. It had to wait for the door frame, and now it awaits paint.
|I told you we have tubs! This one is in the MBR suite. To the |
right is my awesome shower.
|This is the tub from the Exercise Room, a.k.a., Bedroom #2.|
|This is the tub associated with Bedroom #3|
|The white pipe in the middle needed to be moved from inside Bedroom 4's|
walk-in closet and placed in a more suitable place for the pantry.
|The inadvertent extra sink plumbing is removed (the darker cement) and now|
the dual-bin trash drawer can slide more easily.
|The house is not wired for sound, though it is wired for security. Each|
window will have a sensor, and the wiring is already installed.
|This is the progress perspective of the front. You will note that the dormers are painted in our colors, as well as the bay|
windows and the two-car garage/outdoor recreational place.
|This is a close-up of the front porch, and you can better see that the|
windows are painted, as well as the cornice.
|The back of the house is painted except where brick and stone will cover.|
The frames of the mosaic windows really stand out nicely, as does the bay.
|This is a picture of the lanai and fireplace, taken from the two-car garage. It|
is perhaps a little easier to see the over-spray on the window frame paint. The
over-spray area would have to have been covered with plastic to protect the
brick and stone had it been painted afterwards.
|La Casita flashes its new colors against a beautiful morning sky.|
|This is our water well, some 300 feet deep in an aquifer which will yield|
80-100 gallons per minute. It has a 1 1/2 horsepower pump.
|The septic system extends from the back corner to the east and through|
the back of the property about 200 feet (60m).
|This is a closeup of the septic system.|
|Here is a picture of the front door frame. One|
can see the window on the floor in the back-
ground. This window will go above the door.
|This is the door frame for the wine grotto. The door will be insulated and|
the grotto will have its own cooling system to keep it at 57 degrees
|The right (or east) side of the house contains the utilities, as can be seen in|
this picture. It all has to be somewhere.
|A sunny day at Leaning Oak. I shoot from this perspective so I will have|
a constant source of reference as the house construction develops.
|The A/C duct-work in the master bedroom.|
|This is the duct-work in the Great Room. The bright shining surface in|
the right of the picture is a thermal barrier, as it is the portion of the
cathedral ceiling which extends beyond the roof.
|The duct-work above the wine grotto, but it is part of the house A/C, and|
not that for the wine grotto itself. That will come later, maybe next week.
|This is the Great Room at the time of these pictures. Note there is plenty of|
natural light, but no direct sunlight.
|Here is the back of the house around 1PM (13h00). One can see that the|
large window mosaic is already shaded, and appears to get sunlight only
one or two hours per day. The trees shade the back of the house until
very late in the morning. Our plethora of windows will not contribute
further heating of the house (as the large windows in front are sheltered
by the porch and the trees in front).
|As can be seen in this picture, the roof is now complete and primer is being|
applied to all the wood trim. The primer is applied in advance to ensure all
wood is protected prior to the masonry.
|This is the area of the porte-cochere showing the siding has primer applied.|
|The back of the house has also received primer, and they were starting|
on the lanai while I was there. The roof was completed since my last visit.
|The is La Casita (the little house) which is attached to the five-car garage. It|
has 10-feet deep porches just like the main house.
|Here is a 'panoramic' shot of the house, just to give a little more context.|
|Our stone arrived, a little ahead of schedule, but at least it will be here when|
we are ready for it. The load was 43,000 pounds (21.5 tons; 19,500 kg).
|The roofing is almost complete on the main house, and work as been done|
on the five-car garage and casita (apartment for my father-in-law)
|The cornice has been added in many places, though not all, yet. This one|
is from the left side of the porch and two ceiling fans will be added for
|The cornices are done, windows are framed and siding completed on the |
back of the house. The stone and brick await their opportunity.
|Sunday: The roof decking is complete and most of the windows and doors|
|Sunday: The main window mosaic in the Great Room with all windows in place|
|Sunday: the "five car garage" which is combined with the casita. Only|
four cars will park here, the fifth slot being reserved for lawn equipment.
|Sunday: The rear of the house with windows installed.|
|Today: All windows are framed and siding added.|
|Sunday: looking from the South corner of the Great Room through the|
kitchen area and breakfast nook (bay window)
|Sunday: The entrance to the casita through the truss-works. The garage portion|
is to the left where the three windows are.
|Today: The tar paper is down on the roof and shingling has begun. All|
windows are now installed and trimmed.
|Today: A close-up of the truss-works in front of the main house and the|
shingles added thus far.
|Today: The windows of the dining room installed and trimmed. The roofing|
above is the covered porch.
|Today: A peek through the trees near the property's namesake, the|
leaning oak seen in the left of the photo.