Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-30-15

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.

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