Saturday, November 28, 2015

More lights, bath tile, and flatwork begins...

Another good and productive week closes as the electrical trim is 90% complete, the shower and bath tile is done, and the flatwork has begun with the gravel base for the asphalt.  The long missing-in-action/absent-without-leave bedroom doors were finally installed, and baseboard installation has begun.  The low-voltage trim is progressing.  "Low-voltage" refers to TV cable, data lines, security sensors and cameras.

This coming week will see the completion of the electrical trim, completion of baseboards, crown molding, and doors, and the granite should arrive for installation on Friday.  Following the granite installation, plumbing trim can begin.

Pictures gathered over the last couple of days...

The front porch lights are installed, as are the fans (hidden by the facade).  The lights provide nice light, not great for
reading, perhaps, but great for enjoying.  The fans are powder-coated, which should provide significantly longer life.

The lights on the five-car garage, with one other to the left (out of picture).

This is the hanging light at the entrance to the casita.  The same kind of light
will be hung in the same manner at the entrance to the main house.

The kitchen lights are almost done (three more can lights to install).  This
picture highlights the pendant lights over the kitchen continent.

The MIA/AWOL MBR doors installed.  The electronic panel to the left
is for security (I am standing in the MBR to take this photo).  The
fans in the house feature an upper accent light in addition to the large
lower light, and the lights and all speeds of the fan are controlled at
the plate below the security panel.

The walk-in shower in the MBR.  The color
is a bit off in this photo.  This is the area
opposite the shower heads.

This is what one sees upon entering the
shower, with places to store whatever
needs to be stored! 
This is the garden bath in the MBR, and the tile here is much closer to the actual color.

Before the flatwork prep begins...

This heavy-duty "weed-block" material is used to keep the gravel from
sinking into the mud.  A single layer was used here, and a double layer
was used between the garages (see below).

The prepped-for-asphalt driveway as it passes in front of the house.

The area between the garages has been a wet mess for quite a while and
offered our biggest challenge to prep.  That is why the material was doubled.


The area after the prep-work.  One can walk on it without sinking and/or
collecting a lot of mud on their shoes -- even when it is raining.



The driveway divides here and passes through the porte-cochere to the right and then wraps around the two-car
garage to the motor court between the garages.  We will landscape the area in front of the windows shown here.