Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 12-18-16

Settle in for a long scroll, as I have lots of photos this week.

252 N. Bayview Street

I was about to despair of getting photos of this house this week. When I passed yesterday, workers were present, including carpenters restoring the deck railing. When I ventured out today (between showers), there were three cars parked across the street and a bunch of people inside—either the owners getting a tour from the builder or the owners showing the place off to friends or relatives. I looped back around, but they were still there, so I waited and went back out by car (in the rain) after they were gone. There’s been a good bit of progress.

As noted, the deck railing is being rebuilt (though the new portion doesn’t match the old), and a light fixture has been installed.

Inside, this new lantern hangs in the foyer.

In the laundry room, the sink has been installed.

With lighting pretty much complete, the power had been turned on. Here’s a shot of the completed tile in the hall bath, showing the recessed “can” light above the tub. Apparently the existing tub and shower fixtures will be retained.

The vanity now has a faucet, from Delta’s discontinued Leland collection, and a light fixture.

As predicted, the original floors in the two downstairs bedrooms have been patched and sanded (though sanding is not complete).

All the bathrooms have new toilets. Here’s the one in the bath in the rear bedroom suite.

And here’s the completed shower stall.

The vanity in that bathroom also has a faucet, from Delta’s Windemere collection, and two double sconces.

Here’s the finished tub surround in the bath connecting to the southeast bedroom. Again it appears that the existing plumbing (with a two-handle tub faucet) has been retained. Both tubs are also original equipment.

The vanity also sports a Windemere faucet, and the triple sconce is the same design as the two double sconces in the rear bath.

Upstairs, the final pocket door (between den and bedroom) has been installed. It is a salvaged one, which perhaps explains why it was not installed earlier.

In the master bath, the chandelier and sconces are now in place.

The extra plumbing fitting is now explained: it is the connection for the Delta Premium 3-Setting Slide Bar Hand Shower.

The shower fixture at the other end has also been installed—identical to the first except for having a single control for both temperature and volume rather than separate controls.

This is the best photo I could get of the attractive light fixture in the toilet cubicle.

The closet light fixtures are a mystery. As can be seen in this flash photo, they are standard commercial fluorescent fixtures, one on each side. But there are no switches for them anywhere inside or outside the closet (despite multiple banks of switches for everything under the sun in the hall and bathroom).

On the porches, the wood-look tile flooring is complete.

The sconces I mentioned last week ended up not in a bathroom but in the stairwell.

These tile samples on the kitchen counter suggest that a decorative backsplash may be contemplated.

352 N. Summit Street

Although the house is still under wraps, and painting is not complete, considerable progress is being made inside. The prescribed shiplap has been installed, horizontal in the foyer…

…and vertical in the back hall…

…in the powder room…

…and upstairs in the hall and what I’ve dubbed the “break room.”

Downstairs, doors have been hung (these are the doors to the master bedroom and a closet under the stairs).

The most noticeable improvement, however, is trim—window and door frames and cove molding.

351 N. Summit Street

Inside, progress on the floors is deceptive. Despite the piles of lumber still lying around, the floor underneath is in fact finished, as seen in these shots of (respectively) the kitchen, the living room, and the dining room.

When I arrived yesterday, builder/owner Vance McCown and his “floor guy” were measuring the space to be filled for the floor of the screened porch.

I was going to ask what it was going to be filled with, but then I saw the answer—these vintage boards salvaged from one of the McCown family’s former homes. The men determined that they have exactly enough lumber to do the job.

The most dramatic change in the appearance of the house this week, however, has been the landscaping. It’s really beginning to look like home. I’ll present these photos without comment.

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