Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 8-7-16

Just a few interesting developments this week.

252 N. Bayview Street

My first impression was that, once again, there was no change from last week, but from the back of the house and upstairs, it became apparent that this week’s work has been in insulation—blown foam in the outside walls and fiberglass batts in the interior partitions.

The floor of the upstairs porches (previously plywood) has been covered with something that looks like cement. It is surely too rough to be the finished surface, but time will tell.

Since no tile work is being done anywhere in the house, this cement board may be related.

356 N. Summit Street

Footings have been poured for what promises to be a sizable structure.

351 N. Summit Street

The fence has been (more or less) finished.

More pallets of bricks have been delivered.

A brick border now surrounds the front walk and patio.

120 Kiefer Avenue

It appears that this project is now dormant (as evidence, both dumpster and portolet have been removed).

Although a doormat has been added, there is no sign of habitation at present.

160 Fels Avenue

As forecast, the driveway on the east side is a split one.

So is the one on the west side, though a new apron and section of sidewalk have been poured.

The fences connecting the surrounding fence to the house have been built, and the one on the west side has been finished with a gate.

Entrance porches have been added at the front and side doors.

The temporary locksets on both doors have been replaced with hardware using the same square knobs used throughout the interior.

The back yard, cleared of all vegetation, was more noticeably muddy this morning after last night’s hard rain, but these water meter covers, used as stepping stones, and concrete patio squares had been added.

On the back porch I found a cabinetmaker from TK Woodworks putting the finishing touches on the outdoor kitchen. He demonstrated a pull-out spice rack to the right of the range area.

He confirmed that his company had made all the cabinetry throughout the house and that the area in front of the pantry (at the side entrance) was designated as a “mud room,” making it likely that that space, now finished with shelves, doors, drawers, and bins, is for storage of outdoor items. He added that the house was the builder’s personal residence. That builder is Bob Evans (Bob Evans Homes), about whom/which I can find almost nothing. Incidentally, the residential designer is William Coleman Mills or WMCM Studio, whose own personal residence can be seen here.

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