Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 10-2-16

The sudden transition to fallish weather has certainly made it more pleasant to survey houses. It is my favorite season.

252 N. Bayview Street

Outside, the pile of sand and bags of masonry cement suggest that more brick work is planned, probably around the carport since it appears a different treatment is planned for the areas above the front windows on the first floor (notice how the brick is finished neatly in the area highlighted in the photo below).

Since I last noticed, the ceiling of the carport has been completed.

Inside, the first sight to greet my eyes was this pile of lumber. The flat pieces are perhaps destined to become baseboards, but the curved ones are cove molding.

These scraps in the laundry room show the cross-section of the molding.

The molding has been installed in most of the downstairs rooms and in the “attic” room and “den” upstairs (but not the master bedroom or bath).

As this photo shows, some of the doors have also been hung. Looking at my photos from the past few weeks, I was curious about several double doors, since I hadn’t noticed any openings that would seem to require them. Later I found the house plans and saw that the new closet in the back room will have double doors, and the closet in the northeast downstairs bedroom will have double bi-fold doors.

I can’t imagine that these fiberglass tub surround panels would not have been discarded by now if they were not slated to be reused.

Also retained is this shower caddy, which Electic-ware (an online retailer of vintage ceramic bath hardware) calls a “soap and suds” unit, still containing a sliver of soap (the “suds” compartment is for shampoo).

352 N. Summit Street

This is beginning to shape up. These exterior views show the house and the very tall garage.

I’m curious about the placement of this door into the garage from the back of the house. Will there be steps up on the outside and down on the inside?

Returning to the front, we see the entrance to the house.

The same area viewed from inside, with the foyer on the left (background) and living room on the right.

This view shows the front wall of the living room. The openings on either side of the fireplace may be filled with French doors opening onto the porch or perhaps just windows.

To the right (north) of the living room is the kitchen, with a breakfast area opening onto the front porch (far end of this photo).

Stuck on a nail in the kitchen wall was this information about the very fancy GE refrigerator that will be installed. Although it lists for $3,099, you can get it for just $2,789 at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Behind the kitchen is a powder room. Again, literature about the Gerber Logan Square lavatory was stuck to the wall.

Behind the powder room is the laundry room. The door at the end of the hall opens to the back yard and garage.

To the right of the hall is the master suite. This bedroom-sized room is actually the master bath, which is on the south side of the house.

The walk-in closet, which runs between the bedroom and living room, is so large it needs two photos to show both ends, one under the stairs in the center of the house and the other extending to the south wall behind the bathroom.

Throughout the house, notations such as these have been posted on masking tape or written directly on the studs. The strips on the left and right read: “Center of box for wall light 75.5 from floor, 24″ from wall.” The center one says, “Ship lap this wall only floor to ceiling Horizontal.”

Upstairs, there is an assortment of large rooms assumed to be bedrooms and smaller ones assumed to be bathrooms (if they have plumbing) or closets (no plumbing). There is one mystery room at the top of the stairs. It has plumbing for a drain (such as for a lavatory) but clearly is going to be an open area (no door frame).

On the wall in the area outlined in the photo above are these instructions, which refer to a “cabinet,” which is even more intriguing. As for the “vertical ship lap,” this type of wainscoting is specified in numerous locations throughout the house.

351 N. Summit Street

When I visited yesterday, the owner and his wife were there, having cycled over. Vance was watering the palm trees, and, when I asked for a progress report, he noted that the paving of the patio had been completed.

The parking area is also finished now.

The screened porch has not yet been paved, probably because more pavers need to be split.

The brick-splitting process has resulted in a lot of waste!

Vance said that this week he will be making a final decision about the landscaping plan. Also, he has been waiting on the subcontractor who is doing the tile work and hardwood flooring, and he expects that to begin this week, after which all that remains is trim, paint, fixtures, appliances, etc. I asked if they expected to be in by Christmas, and he said probably not, but very close. He has a buyer interested in the house where they’re living now, which generates some urgency, he said.

160 Fels Avenue

Landscaping has been added—as well as Halloween decorations. This was one of half a dozen houses I saw that were already decorated on October 1.


Elsewhere Around the Neighborhood

This landscaping at 202 N. Bayview caught my eye. I can’t swear it is new, but I don’t think it would have jumped out at me if it weren’t. All I can say is that it is new since Google Street View photographed the house in April 2011! (It is also new since I caught it in a photo of 204 N. Bayview on November 27, 2014.) In any case, it is very attractive.

Regular readers will recall that the house at 59 N. Summit was badly damaged by a falling tree back in June 2015. The house has been under a blue roof ever since, the delay in repairs reported due to wrangling between insurance companies over liability. When I passed it Thursday, however, one end had been demolished, and yesterday it was being rebuilt.

Today demolition was beginning on the other side of the roof.

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