Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 12-21-14

Sunday, December 21, 2014,

Not much change in some projects but dramatic progress in others.

204 N. Bayview

From the street, there didn’t appear to be any external developments, though I am curious about why a small portion of the roof remains unshingled.

308 N. Bayview

The impression from the southern approach is only that the original structure has been gift-wrapped, but the view from the north shows more promise.

351 N. Summit

No change.

112 N. Summit

From the street there seems to be no change.

111 Magnolia Avenue

Here’s where the developments are striking. Here’s the view from Magnolia Avenue.

This was taken from Boise Lane.

And here I’m standing in the driveway that formerly led to a garage.

A sign in the front gives us an idea of what to expect.

Seasonal Cheer

Sunday, December 14, 2014,

It’s beginning to look a lot like—well, you know. Some of the houses in the neighborhood have been decorated for the holidays since before Thanksgiving, and more embellishments appear daily. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been admiring the tasteful trimming of this house, including the Santa snowmen, which have been (or at least appear to have been) created from pumpkins painted white.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 12-14-14

Sunday, December 14, 2014,

Progress has been uneven but steady.

204 N. Bayview

The latest development here is an additional overhang at the front of the front porch. It has the appearance of an afterthought, but time will tell how it turns out.

308 N. Bayview

Wow! Mayhem indeed! Will there be anything left of the original structure?

351 N. Summit

No change.

112 N. Summit

The brick facing has been completed except for the dormer and a small area in the back that appears to be awaiting a door.

111 Magnolia Avenue

As can be seen from these photos, construction here is already well under way. This shot was taken from the top of the steps on Magnolia Avenue.

And this is the view from the top of the steps on Boise Lane.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 12-7-14

Monday, December 8, 2014,

Progress continues to be made in neighborhood construction projects, and a new one is getting under way.

204 N. Bayview

Roofing continues, and siding has been added on the other (south) side of the house.

308 N. Bayview

Work continues on the foundation for the front extension (porch?).

351 N. Summit

No change.

112 N. Summit

Brick work has begun, with one (north) side wall completed.

A front door has been installed. Fortunately it does not yet have a lock set, so I can continue to ponder the bewildering interior floor plan.

111 Magnolia Avenue

I haven’t had a chance to visit this location on foot—just spotted it driving past—but construction work appears to have begun at this site, the former location of the lovely home of Wayne and Anne Loudermilch, which was destroyed in a tragic fire in September 2008 and had been a cleared and empty lot ever since.

Bluff Construction Report

Friday, November 28, 2014,

Sunday’s rain kept me indoors, but I was able to cruise the neighborhood yesterday to photograph the progress I’d noted earlier on a tour by car.

204 N. Bayview

In a dramatic leap forward, board and batten siding has been applied and window framing completed on a portion of the house, and the door to the upstairs porch has been installed.

In this photo taken November 16, before the battens were added, the basic siding can be seen. From a scrap left in the driveway, I took it to be a Hardie product, perhaps HardiePanel.

Another view from yesterday shows that roofing is almost complete.

308 N. Bayview

Pace my husband, I don’t think there is any plan to move this house! The first photo, taken November 16, gives notice of intention, with carry-through evidenced in the second photo, taken yesterday.

351 N. Summit

No change.

112 N. Summit

The most noticeable exterior change is the roof shingles applied last week.

Bluff Report 11-9-14

Sunday, November 9, 2014,

Those of you breathlessly following this blog will have noted that there was no post last Sunday. That’s because there was no discernible (exterior) change in any of the four properties we’re following. Today, however, is a different story.

204 N. Bayview

Windows have been installed in the past week, and the photo below also shows (part of) the new porte cochère that has been added on the north (left) side sometime in the past few weeks.

These glass doors must have been delivered along with the windows. Time will tell where they will be installed.

So far this sunny back porch is my favorite room.

308 N. Bayview

My husband continues to maintain that this house is being prepared for a move, but I think that’s unlikely given this week’s addition: trenches dug and concrete footings poured. On the other hand, I took a peek inside the house today and can’t say I see any compelling reason for saving the existing structure.

351 N. Summit

No change.

112 N. Summit

No obvious exterior changes, but this interior shot shows what the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC contractors have been up to.

This Week’s Bluff Notes

Sunday, October 26, 2014,

I’m beginning to think that “Walksights” would be a better name for this blog, as I seem to be reporting more on what I’m seeing on my walks than on what I’m thinking. Again this week, my observations are primarily construction-related, but my “home inspections” were exterior-only, so they will provide limited insight (pun possibly intended).

To begin with just a couple of seasonal observations, however, in the yard next door this bouquet of mushrooms caught my eye (one of numerous such posies scattered across the strip of grass beside the street):

And someone has decorated the ornamental boulder on the bluff:

204 N. Bayview

Although I know work has been ongoing (I can hear hammering from my office window), there is not much noticeable change here except that the roof has been covered with roofing felt.

Incidentally, I ran into the former owner last weekend and asked him if he’d seen what had been done to his house. He was very pleased. He said he was glad to see that all the memories had been stripped out of it so that there would be “no ghosts.”

308 N. Bayview

What I hadn’t previously noticed was that not only the front wraparound porch had been removed; another screened porch extending from the back on the left (north) side is also gone. The aerial view below shows the original footprint; the red line indicates what’s left.

This was much more obvious when I passed today because corner markers and a network of boundary lines has now appeared surrounding the house, and a slight rise behind the house has been excavated for expansion.

When I ventured around the north side of the house to get a better look, it was clear that something had been whacked off the back. Only the central core remains.

351 N. Summit

At first I didn’t think there was any change here, but comparison with last week’s photos shows that the pink and yellow flags are new.

112 N. Summit

A great deal has been done since my last photo, including the roof and eaves trim, but in the past week windows have been installed. Also, I saw a truck from an HVAC company in the yard one day, so presumably work on the interior is progressing.

Exciting Developments

Sunday, October 19, 2014,

This week’s Bluff Neighborhood construction report has quite a few interesting tidbits.

204 N. Bayview

As can be seen in the photo below, the second story of the house is now taking shape. The interior of the existing house has been entirely gutted, making it difficult to determine what the intended final floor plan is, but it’s clear that it will be quite spacious, with generous front porches upstairs and down.

308 N. Bayview

In a stunning change from last week, the wraparound porch has been entirely removed. It is obvious that total demolition is not planned, but I wondered if the intention might be to move this house.

This sign in the yard, however, seems to promise a renaissance instead.

351 N. Summit

This just in! This lot, which was cleared several years ago (by demolishing the existing structure) and has changed hands at least twice since, now appears to be being prepared for an actual construction project.

351 N. Summit 10-19-14A

112 N. Summit

This site appears unchanged from last Sunday. I pass it at least daily and have not observed any workers at the site in the past week.

Onward and Upward

Monday, October 13, 2014,

As of yesterday, the construction at 204 N. Bayview has become much more visible from the street, with the front and side additions framed up.

At 308 N. Bayview, screen has been removed from the front porch, and a portolet has appeared in the yard.

At 112 N. Summit, the house is “dried in” (exterior walls and roof covered with plywood and Tyvek), though the floor plan is still unfathomable to me.

Latest Developments

Sunday, October 5, 2014,

Today’s walk revealed further developments on the construction front. At 204 N. Bayview, a slab has been poured in the forms shown in last week’s post and the remaining area filled with joists.

Meanwhile, my expectation of new landscaping at 308 N. Bayview has not been met. Instead, the yard has become a wilderness of weeds and self-seeded small trees.

But there is promise of even more exciting activity to come.


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