Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 1-8-17

Today’s report will be very short, as there is almost nothing to report.

252 N. Bayview Street

I actually lucked out here, getting a chance to meet the owners, John and Nickie Olson. John told me that they’d been told they might have a certificate of occupancy as early as Friday, though much remains to be done, including paving the driveway, landscaping, some painting, and interior touch-ups. Although mirrors are still missing in all the bathrooms, Nickie told me they are in the basement, not to be installed until painting is complete. This photo shows that the portolet has been moved to the end of the walk to clear the driveway for paving. You can also see the railing that has been added to the side of the steps.

When I visited last week, I was concentrating so much on the cooking appliances and refrigerator that I missed a few other things. One was the KitchenAid dishwasher next to the sink. The other—and I don’t know how I missed it since it faces the front door—was the fireplace, now complete with mantel, hearth, and gas logs. This caught my eye as I was passing the house last Monday, and I was able to snap this photo.

By today, painting had been completed. Although the builder did an amazingly good job of bridging the gap between the old porch and the rest of the house, the floor here is not completely level, and Nickie said probably some molding will be added around the hearth to hide the gap between hearth and floor on the left side.

I asked about the plans for a backsplash in the kitchen, and Nickie said, because of some irregularities in the joint between granite countertop and the wall, they will probably just add a granite backsplash on the east wall (behind the stove) as was done here between the cabinets on the north wall. Tile will then be added above the granite, perhaps set diagonally for novelty.

A long piece of wood, with a right angle on each end, on the floor in the living room (not pictured) was revealed to be the stair rail. It will be stained before installation, but the brackets for it have already been installed.

352 N. Summit Street

It was too cold to venture out yesterday, and when I went out today (only a little warmer), a pickup and an SUV parked in front of the house discouraged me from investigating further.

351 N. Summit Street

There were no evident changes outside; the downstairs interior continues to look like a lumberyard.

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