Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 10-11-15

Sunday, October 11, 2015,

Again this week I have quite a few photos, representing some interesting and occasionally significant developments all round.

308 N. Bayview Street

With the “drop-dead” date of October 31 just three weeks away, workers were busy yesterday at various tasks, and at least the interior bids fair to be completed on time. Outside, the screen doors have been installed on the front porch, and work continues on the stair railings.

To one side, the railings for the steps and top landing are painted and awaiting installation.

These painted hollow posts will surround the metal stanchions that are being bolted to the brick steps and landing.

In the back, painting of the carport continues, and grading has marked out a terrace area to be paved, plus what appears to be some sort of runoff channel.

On the north side, near the bathrooms, this Navien tankless water heater has appeared.

Inside, yesterday’s work included installing many of the traditional glass doorknobs throughout the house. Shown below, knobs on the closets in Bedroom 3 and a close-up of the knobs on the linen closet outside the hall bathroom.

In the powder room, the lavatory has been installed under the counter and a marble backsplash added.

No toilet in the powder room, but this one has been installed in the master bath and an identical one in the hall bath.

Both of those bathrooms also have faucet handles now; although the ones in the hall bath are swaddled, I’m guessing they’re the same as the ones in the master bath.

In the master bathroom, twin “rain” shower heads and a handle have been installed.

When I visited yesterday, workers had the two entrances to the south end of the house (the living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry) sealed off with plastic although I think spraying had been completed. They seemed to be installing drawer hardware in the kitchen. The master bedroom was the temporary repository for most of the drawers, including these two intriguing models.

When I returned today, I was able to get access to the kitchen and take stock of progress. To start, here’s a shot of the entire kitchen for orientation purposes. The windows look out on the back yard, facing the carport, and there is a glass door (left background) opening onto the back veranda. The entrance from the foyer is to the left, just outside the photo (it can be seen in one of the photos below), and the door at the far right is to the pantry.

What first caught my eye was the new granite backsplash under the range hood.

If I had to guess, I’d say that these handsome brackets will probably (appear to) support the range hood.

Around the refrigerator space, an opening for some 220V appliance, as well as a 100 outlet in the space below, plus a tray/platter rack and loads of drawers.

The arched doors in kitchen and butler’s pantry cabinets have been glazed.

In the pantry, cabinet doors have been installed and more kitchen drawers await.

351 N. Summit Street

The big news this week is that most of the windows have been installed. Their color, as seen from a distance, is deceptive; a closer inspection shows that they are protected by blue plastic film.

Inside, a few of the larger windows await installation.

Now that the windows have been installed, the temporary floor above the stairwell has been removed and a temporary railing added.

In the breezeway, a ceiling is being constructed.

111 Magnolia Avenue

The first thing I noticed was that a door (complete with lockset) had been installed in the doorway that opens to the breakfast room (the area is still covered with plywood inside). Some steps will be needed to make this useful!

In front, the front door has also been installed.

Inside, this lumber on the living room floor is intriguing.

The ceiling of the living room alcove (which faces Magnolia Avenue, east of the front entry) has been painted black, and the master bedroom ceiling is now white.

No progress in the master bath, but I don’t think I have previously focused on the attractive cove molding here.

Upstairs, in the bathroom of the east bedroom suite (what I think of as the “second master suite”), a tub has been placed.

A view of the pool area from the upstairs porch of the garage apartment.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 10-4-15

Sunday, October 4, 2015,

I have a LOT of photos this week, so bear with me!

308 N. Bayview Street

In front, the beginnings of construction of railings around the landing at the top of the steps to the porch.

In back, no more progress on the carport (no painting inside), but it is clear that the half-wall will be painted grey to match the exterior.

Inside, most of the work this past week has been on the floors, most of which have been stained and sealed, then covered with protective cardboard.

Narrow double doors have been installed in the master bath and closet doorways.

In the master bath, sinks and faucets (but not faucet handles) have been installed.

In the powder room, a stone top has been added to the lavatory frame, with an opening for the oval vitreous china sink currently waiting on the floor below.

In the back hall, a prepared threshold waits to replace a temporary 1×4.

The living room has been cleared of woodworking equipment, allowing an unobstructed view of the still-unfinished flooring.

In the kitchen, a worker was spraying (by my guess) a light coat of polyurethane varnish on unpainted drawers.

351 N. Summit Street

Downstairs, the living room is filled with lumber, much of it salvaged.

Throughout the downstairs, bundles of windows lean against walls. The label on one package gives the specs.

Sure enough, the stairs have been roughed in, permitting exploration of the upstairs.

A hard hat is recommended for ascending the stairs, however!

Upstairs, it’s clear that the head-threatening ceiling of the stairwell is a temporary floor left in place to permit easier installation of windows, drywall, etc.

The following photos illustrate the layout of the second floor as I understand it. Standing at the head of the stairs, we can see the master bedroom on the left and the second bedroom on the right, with a loft above. The area at the top of the stairs (outside the bedrooms) will, I think, be a small sitting room. The center door, between the bedrooms, in the center of the house, opens to the laundry room.

A very steep ladder provides access to a loft (I’m guessing this might be a sleeping area for visiting grandchildren) and a walk-in attic.

These two photos show the back (north) and front (south) ends of the master bedroom, each with two small closets. The door to the right in the second photo leads to the bath/dressing area.

Here at the front of the house is the elevated “throne room.” From examining the plumbing, my guess is that there will be a toilet room on one side (east) and a shower on the other. (The shower is the source of the protruding knuckle of plumbing we saw last week.) Between them, under the window, perhaps a garden tub.

Looking from the putative tub area, we see a large open space with enclosed rooms on either side. Judging again from the plumbing, I’m guessing that the enclosed rooms will be walk-in closets, each with a lavatory counter outside, plus a dressing table east of the closet door on the north side (toward the back of the house and entrance from the bedroom).

The second bedroom has a modest closet (sliding doors, probably) and a full bath en suite.

111 Magnolia Avenue

Sometime during the past week (I think it was Friday that I saw cement mixers at the site), the pool has been filled in.

This frame beside the garage will probably become a concrete pad for garbage cans.

Inside, there’s little sign of progress—no tile work as yet: it appears that painting is the first priority, with cans of paint much in evidence and yet another set of test swatches.

The main (east) bedroom upstairs has become a door store, with ten interior doors painted and ready for installation.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 9-27-15

Sunday, September 27, 2015,

A lot of gradual progress and one big surprise this week.

308 N. Bayview Street

Outside, lattice has been inserted in the foundation openings under the porch, and the interior of the carport, including newly installed doors to the storage areas, has been primed.

Inside, sanding of the floors is nearly complete. Below, a few examples in the foyer (not completed), back hall, hall bath, and master bedroom. (Compare the floor in the master bedroom to the photo in my July 4 post, when the room was filled with salvaged doors.)

In the kitchen, the cabinetmaker was working today to finish installing cabinet doors. The arched doors here had been removed to have glass installed. By the way, I asked the cabinetmaker about the small benches, and he said they were for his own use, because he has a bad back and can’t stand for extended periods.

351 N. Summit Street

The roof has been extended to cover the rafter extensions, creating deep eaves.

We may have access to the upstairs next week, as stringers for the stairs to the landing have installed, and the stringers for the flight from the landing to the second floor are waiting on the landing.

Under the eaves, a glimpse of upstairs plumbing.

111 Magnolia Avenue

The most stunning development this week is the excavation and framing of an in-ground pool, with hot tub.

Repairs have been made on this damaged corner.

Inside, the destination of the bricks in the front yard is revealed. This is the breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen.

Doors have been installed from the house to the downstairs back porch and both upstairs porches.

In the master bath, pencil schematics show the location of the lavatories and other fixtures.

Test color swatches are still being added, but some color choices have been made (the first sampler has “Jack & Jill bathroom” and “accent Liv Rm” marked; from the second we learn that the small room opening onto the back upstairs porch is the Reading Room).

This mysterious incision appears in the foyer of the east bedroom upstairs.

In the garage apartment, the function of the understair cubby is now evident.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 9-20-15

Sunday, September 20, 2015,

Very little noticeable progress except at 308 N. Bayview.

308 N. Bayview Street

When I spoke with the homeowner last week, he told me that October 31 is the “drop-dead” date he has given the builder. On that date, he and his wife plan to move in even if the house isn’t completely finished. At the rate work is going, I think the deadline will be met, but he expressed concern about being able to get to work in the yard. It appears here that a beginning is being made on landscaping and the planned walk and steps from the house to the carport.

The carport exterior has been painted to match the house. The “simple railing” at the back of the carport turns out to be more elaborate than I had envisioned, matching the half-wall around the front porch. (This photo had to be shot straight into the sun, so it is not very good.)

The latticework has been completed and painted.

Here’s a shot of the inside of the carport, finished but not yet painted. This is the outside of the storage area on the south side (last week’s post showed the interior of the north side).

Inside, the major activity this week has been sanding the salvaged floors, using the abrasive compound and sanding disks and belts shown here.

You can compare these shots of the hallways and hall bathroom to those in my posts for March 1, June 7, June 28, and July 4.

In the kitchen, sure enough, the door to the pantry has been painted grayish-green (the homeowner said last week that white was not its final color), matching the accent trim elsewhere in the kitchen.

Faucets have been installed in the kitchen sink and wet bar, and the cabinet doors and drawer fronts in the butler’s pantry have been stained.

In the master bath, openings for sinks and fixtures have been cut in the sideboard/vanity.

Outside, a trough above the French drain has been filled with gravel (and I inadvertently captured a self-portrait).

351 N. Summit Street

No discernible changes this week. I did take advantage of a well-placed and sturdy ladder to climb to the second floor (a scary adventure I won’t be repeating), and I did take a few pictures, but the floor plan was so confusing that I not try to describe or illustrate it until there are stairs and wallboard.

111 Magnolia Avenue

I had to really hunt for anything to report this week. The most noticeable change on the outside was that the attractive (but carelessly damaged) brick driveway has been taken up (perhaps to be relaid), and, on an unrelated note, four pallets of bricks have been delivered in front of the house, perhaps to be used for a walkway.

Inside, risers have been installed on the top half of the staircase.

In one of the west bedrooms, there are test paint swatches, and shelves have been installed in the linen closet outside the hall bathroom on the east end (I did say it was a stretch to find anything to report!).

In the garage apartment, door frames and baseboards have been painted. Indeed, trim painting seems to be about the only change in the whole house.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 9-13-15

Sunday, September 13, 2015,

Yesterday was dismally overcast and appeared to threaten rain, but I ventured out anyway, fearing today would be even worse, and was lucky to be able to get the photos I needed. As it turned out, it did not rain (though it was pleasantly cool), and today dawned sunny and decidedly chilly (64° when I got up, 70° when I finally got out), which made for an exhilarating walk, but almost all of the photos were taken yesterday (I did retake one blurry one and add a few afterthoughts today).

308 N. Bayview

Outside, some more photos of the carport. This is the interior of one of two identical storage areas on either side of the garage space. The owner says most of the length of one of them will be taken up with firewood storage; the rest of the space will be used for gardening and yard tools.

This section of lattice is an example of the treatment that will be applied to all the open spaces at the “front” of the carport (entry side, on the alley behind the house). The “back” side (toward the house) will, according to the owner, just have a railing.

In the center of the carport is a pull-down stair to the attic area. The owner says he can’t imagine what they might want to store here given the ample storage space in the house (and especially since it will not be climate-controlled).

When I was at the house last week, I encountered a carpenter who said he was there just to “piddle a little.” The owner said the carpenters sometimes came on weekends to use their tools there to make projects for themselves, family, or friends, so it’s not certain that these benches are intended for this house. I had thought they might be destined for the front porch or the back veranda, but the owner knew nothing about them, only about a long bench to be made for the front porch.

Drawers have been installed in cabinet units in the kitchen, and the arched doors have been installed in the cupboard in the butler’s pantry.

These stained drawers will go in the cabinets in the butler’s pantry.

When I saw this painted door in the master bedroom, I at first thought (and the owner said he thought the same) that it was one of the porch screen doors, but in fact they were both still in the front hall.

Yesterday, however, it had been installed as the door from the kitchen to the pantry/laundry-utility room. The owner says this is not its final color, but it will in fact have screen of some sort (not glass).

Another hunch was confirmed when I saw that this sideboard had vanished from the sitting room and, sure enough, had turned up in the master bath.

351 N. Summit

Although I took a photo of the exterior, I don’t think you will see a significant change from the photos of two weeks ago.

Inside, however, HVAC work has begun.

Here it appears that an opening has been left for a pull-down stair to the attic of the garage. I find it hard to believe that a pull-down stair will provide the only access to this large space (apparently to be divided into two or more rooms), most of it almost certainly standing height, with a dormer window at the front, two windows in a dormer on one side, and a large window in the gable at the back.

111 Magnolia Avenue

Outside, there is little change. In fact, progress is so slow that it appears the house is falling apart before it is completed!

Inside, the powder room, though still boarded up, has acquired a door frame and door. The only other change I could detect was some priming/painting of woodwork.

Below are two attempts to capture the hard-to-photograph upstairs hall area leading to the two bedrooms at the west end. The space is too narrow and dark for the typical upstairs landing/loft sitting area, but, judging from the height of the three electrical outlets, I’m guessing that there will be a built-in counter or desk here.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 9-6-15

Sunday, September 6, 2015,

I hope that my devoted readers (all one or two of you) appreciate the lengths to which I go to bring you this weekly report. This morning when I left the house, I knew that my camera battery was near death, so I carried a spare in my other pocket. Sure enough, after a few photos at 308 N. Bayview, the camera announced that the battery was “exhausted.” I put in the spare, but after two more photos, it also gave up the ghost. In all fairness, that’s the battery I bought (in Tokyo) in 2004, so it’s provided yeoman service and has been retired with an Honorable Discharge (and I’ve ordered two more batteries).

As I wandered around the house, looking at the improvements I had not been able to photograph, I debated whether they warranted a return home for a fresh battery (I’d already shot 111 Magnolia yesterday). On balance, I decided they did, so I trekked back, a round trip of over half a mile, after which I was pretty exhausted myself (though the temperature was a relatively mild 84°, Weather Underground showed 75% relative humidity, giving a heat index of 96°). Anyway, I do have a few new things to show you.

308 N. Bayview Street

Outside, the carport has been primed, and the painter had some fun with the temporary plywood covering of the attic window/vent.

It looks like there will be no dearth of water sources outside.

Inside, the major additions this week are granite countertops. Here are the ones in the kitchen.

These views of the butler’s pantry between kitchen and living room show that it will have a wet bar.

One of the faucets in this pile is destined for the wet bar.

The kitchen sink will also have a dishwashing liquid disposer.

The hall bath also has a granite countertop.

And the whirlpool bath in the master bathroom will be surrounded by granite.

Here’s a storage unit in the laundry/utility/sewing room (pantry?). The door to the kitchen is at left.

Here’s a view of the back of the room (with the storage unit at left). The recess at left may be intended for an upright freezer.

351 N. Summit Street

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” but I don’t need a thousand words to tell you that there are no pictures today because they would not reveal any significant change from last week. I did, however, have a chance to speak to the builder/owner, who confirmed that he will retain the North Summit address even though the new house faces on Blakeney Avenue. I wish I had thought to ask him about access to the garage attic.

111 Magnolia Avenue

Improvements this week are mostly in the area of trim—door frames, baseboards, and the like. This doorway to the master bedroom shows a typical newly installed frame.

The ceiling in the master bedroom is also new.

In the master bath, the shower has been prepared for tiling.

In the garage apartment, the storage space under the stairs now has a door.

Upstairs, doors in the bedroom have also been framed.

In the hallway outside the bedroom, an opening to a small attic space has been framed.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-30-15

Sunday, August 30, 2015,

Noticeable changes large and small.

308 N. Bayview

The most dramatic change this week is that the old shed has been demolished.

Inside, the new cabinetry in the kitchen has been painted, and the glued-up island countertop (not butcher block as previously stated) has been completed and stained.

I’m curious about this item. Perhaps it is a pot lid rack or tray holder or something that goes vertically in one of the narrow cabinet slots?

The counter and desktop in the laundry room have been added.

Here’s a current view of the storage unit between the master bedroom and sitting room.

We now focus on closets. Here’s the master bedroom walk-in closet.

I was intrigued by the set-back top shelf on one side of this closet. I’d like to know its purpose.

Here are the two closets in Bedroom #3 (the left one is awaiting a clothes rod). Most of the closets in the house (with the exception of the master bedroom walk-in) have lights that come on automatically when the door is opened (there’s a button in the door frame that works like the light switch in a refrigerator or car door).

And here is the closet in Bedroom #2. I was about to think I’d imagined a pull-down attic stair, but in fact, it is in the ceiling of this closet.

351 N. Summit

Work this week seems to have focused on adding these rafter extensions.

As can be seen from this shot from below the breezeway, they are simulated. In fact, they are more substantial than the actual rafters, giving a false impression of sturdiness.

These and other arrays inside indicate that all the rafters will receive similar treatment.

This patio is certainly not new (it shows up in photos back to late June), but it was not part of the original slab pour, and it has been obscured by piles of construction material.

111 Magnolia Avenue

In the living room, the fireplace has been lined with brick in a herringbone pattern.

Stained wood has been added to the cased openings between living room and dining room, dining room and kitchen, and a coffered ceiling has been created. Can lighting has been used throughout the house, and most of the rooms have cove molding.

I tripped over one of these mystery items. They’re currently filled with sawdust and dirt, so their purpose is unknown, but they seem to be made of hard rubber. I wondered if they might be placeholders or temporary covers for floor electrical outlets or perhaps pillars, but their placement (almost directly in front of the front door) was problematic.

A tub has been installed in the Jack-and-Jill bath, and both upstairs bathrooms have been prepared for tiling.

As can be seen from last week’s exterior photo, there are three entrances to the rear of the “garage” outbuilding. One, on the side next to the house, leads directly to the stairs to the second floor. On the back, the one on the left opens to this powder room—very handy when you’re working in the yard and don’t want to take your dirty self inside. I will betray my age by saying that this would once have been designated the “maid’s bathroom.”

The door on the left opens to an entryway (which also connects to the stairs) containing these two storage areas under the stairs.

The one above is a low one under the stair landing.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-23-15

Sunday, August 23, 2015,

I was out of town last weekend, so this weekend I was expecting to see dramatic and significant changes in the three sites I’m currently following. Bottom line: two out of three ain’t bad! But buckle up because I took lots of photos of those two (of which these are just a sample), so it’s going to be a long ride.

308 N. Bayview

The front walk has been bricked, and these graceful Craftsman-style brackets now support the porch overhang.

Venturing onto the front porch for the first time in several months, I found that in fact the floor has been completed and painted, but it is still almost entirely covered with plywood for protection from the carpentry equipment situated there.

In addition, ceiling fans have been hung on the front porch, the ceiling of which has been stained at some point.

Inside, painting continues. The central hall is looking very bright. In the background, you can see the Craftsman-style screen door frames for the porch, shown below in a regrettably out-of-focus close-up.

Finishing touches are noticeable everywhere, including cover plates for most of the electrical outlets and switches.

The stack of boxes in Bedroom 3 has been greatly reduced by the installation of ceiling fans in all the bedrooms (and elsewhere). Toilet bowls and tanks remain, along with some light fixtures, faucets, and an InSinkErator disposer.

Although no bathroom fixtures (except tubs) have yet been installed, this vanity and linen closet have been installed in the hall bathroom. In the powder room, a metal vanity awaits a lavatory.

In the master suite, this dressing table fills the space at the end of the hall between the bathroom and walk-in closet, and the tile floor of the shower has also been tiled (wall tile had already been in place).

The “sitting room” is looking nearly complete, though it is still serving as a repository for a collection of unfinished drawers and the putative master bathroom vanity.

In the master bedroom, a ceiling fan and can lights can be seen above. The arched door frames were a puzzle to me until I looked at my photos of the kitchen (no clue about the ladder-like frame next to them).

In the kitchen, the “serving bar” is now revealed (duh!) as the de rigueur “island,” with a butcher block countertop. The ornate “chimney” contains a state-of-the-art range hood, and the arched cupboard opening will presumably receive the arched door frames now leaning against the wall in the master bedroom.

In the laundry room/pantry, the washer and dryer connections indicate that they will be stacked, and the breaker box, in mysteriously random order, suggests the complexity of the electrical system (including three “fridges”).

351 N. Summit

I could not tell that any progress has been made in the past several weeks. Although this lift seems prepared to convey building materials to the second floor (or shingles to the roof), it does not seem to have done so.

In the living room, leftover lengths of massive beam stock await reassignment, and the purpose of this curved bracket is yet to be revealed.

I may have to rethink my statement about the second-floor “bridge” between house and garage, since it does not appear that there is any opening on either side, much less a floor, but there is still no opening to the attic storage from the garage itself.

111 Magnolia Avenue

This house is really beginning to shape up now. In my absence, most of the window and door framing had been completed. Here’s a sample, in the breakfast area, which also boasts an interesting ceiling treatment.

This is the first-floor master bath, with windows facing on Magnolia Avenue. The shower stall will apparently have two shower heads.

Risers (but not treads) have been added to the bottom half of the stairs, and the photo below shows the view from the top of the stairs now that the window has been framed.

The door casings and ceilings of both upstairs porches have been stained.

Outside, brickwork has progressed, with only a few details (as shown below) yet to be completed.

Much of the recent progress has been in the “garage” building, here shown in two exterior views. I hadn’t previously realized that the garage will be a single one despite being (I think) wide enough for two cars.

Inside, a combination of white and purple wallboard gives an interesting appearance.

The upstairs apartment is taking shape. This is the sitting area at the top of the stairs (which are behind the wall to the right). I still haven’t figured out why it needs two doors opening onto the balcony.

Two views of the bedroom, showing windows facing Boise Lane and two small closets.

Between the sitting room and bedroom are a utility closet and a bathroom opening into both the bedroom and the hall.

A view of the house as seen from the sitting room.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-9-15

Sunday, August 9, 2015,

204 N. Bayview

Still a few more developments here. The rear courtyard has been set up as an outdoor dining area.

And in the carport, as expected, the concrete block construction has become an outdoor kitchen with grills from Big Green Egg and Bull Outdoor Products.

308 N. Bayview

No interior photos today because a carpenter was at work on the porch, where the entry has been slightly reconfigured, with new (unpainted) half-wall sections added. I’m curious about the curved plywood addition(s).

351 N. Summit

A second-floor bridge has been added to the breezeway.

Since there is no opening in the ceiling of the garage, it appears that the bridge will provide the only access to the bonus room over the garage.

111 Magnolia Avenue

The addition of paint (or at least primer) has made all the rooms look much closer to completion (if I’d realized how dramatic the difference was, I’d have taken more photos). Here for example, are a couple of shots of the master bathroom. As you can see, the corner from which I photographed the bathroom last week was not, in fact, the toilet room as I stated but part of an elaborate shower area (the toilet area is to its right).

To the left of the shower, facing the street, the bathroom has several windows. I assume a spa tub will be under them.

This shot shows, through the door, the sunny laundry/utility room. Plumbing for a laundry tub (?) can be seen in the mud room (?) in the foreground. This is just inside the rear entry from the garage (via the breezeway).

These decorative brackets will presumably go somewhere outside.

Here’s a view of the “garage” from the rear upstairs porch. Brick veneer had been applied to the far wall last week (you can see the edges of the bricks sticking out), and apparently the brick masons have not returned to finish the job.

I have finally figured out the mysterious “empty” area on the second floor. As can be seen from this artist’s rendering, the original plan was to have a chimney, which would have been routed through that space. But the fireplace in the living room has no outlet (it is plumbed for gas logs), so the chimney is not required. It’s a shame, though, that this space (about 16″ × 80″ judging from the placement of studs, which can be seen in the photo in my February 1, 2015, post) was not reworked for bookshelves, a linen cupboard, or the like.

Other Developments

In the eight days since last week’s photograph, siding has been slapped onto this house at 301 Fels Avenue. A worker was present; if work is being done seven days a week, it’s no surprise that it is getting done quickly.

Returning home I took the opportunity to catch up on progress on the Theater Building downtown and the “townhomes” being built at 52 N. Church Street, which look very attractive.

Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-2-15

Monday, August 3, 2015,

Although this is being written and posted on Monday, the photos were taken on Saturday and Sunday as usual. I just ran out of time Sunday.

204 N. Bayview

Additions to this site continue. Planters have been added in front of the steps.

And this concrete block construction on the north side of the carport/driveway, photographed on Sunday, was being built when I passed on Saturday. The fence behind it, along with a matching one on the south side of the property, is also new, built at the same time as the fence in back, reported on July 4.

308 N. Bayview

Work on the French drains continues (not shown). Siding of the carport has been completed.

Here’s a new view of the back of the carport, taken from the alley.

Inside, the kitchen sink is in place, and the fireplace surround and mantel have been completed and painted (along with an assortment of shelves prepared for various locations).

This storage unit has been placed in the hall bathroom but not completely installed.

In the back bedroom, one of the boxes has been opened: a Hunter fan has been installed.

351 N. Summit

Wrapping of the house has progressed a little.

111 Magnolia Avenue

This house is finally showing some great leaps forward. Outside, painting and brickwork are almost complete, and the decorative railings have been installed on both balconies.

The roof of the “garage” has been shingled, and the breezeway has been roofed with standing-seam metal roofing. Brick facing is being added to the garage.

Inside, the house is really beginning to take shape with the installation of gypsum board for walls and ceilings. This shot from the front door shows the east end of the living room, with fireplace, back porch entry, and stairs to the second floor. Between the fireplace and porch entry is the passage to the master suite.

This view from the kitchen shows the west (Boise Lane) entrance to what is likely a breakfast area facing south (toward Magnolia Avenue).

Attempts to photograph the master suite were frustrating because of its size (I need a wider-angle lens), but this is the bedroom, with windows on the east and north (back) sides.

This photo, taken from the southwest corner, shows less than half of the master bath, which is at the front of the house. Behind me was the separate toilet room.

Between the bath and bedroom are two enormous rooms assumed to be a walk-in closet and a closet/dressing room (with window).

Other Developments

Work on the addition at 59 N. Summit has been halted, and repairs to the storm damage have not begun (presumably waiting for insurance estimates); the roof is still covered by a blue tarp.

Although it is outside the scope of “Bluff Neighborhood Construction” and a block away from my beaten (walking) path, I was surprised to see that this little cottage at 301 Fels Avenue (shown here as it appeared to Google Street View in April 2011)…

…has been demolished and replaced by this new construction, which is well under way.


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