Interior Progress

Upper stair railing

Upper stair railing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower stair railing

Lower stair railing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Jason spa tub encased

Double Jason spa tub encased

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sheetrock work in downstairs room

sheetrock work in downstairs room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frame for the pocket door between the kitchen and dining room

Frame for the pocket door between the kitchen and dining room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I painted our temporary front door.  It will take about 5 months for our custom made one to be done.

I painted our temporary front door. It will take about 5 months for our custom made one to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait to take more pictures, because the pocket doors are in, sheetrocked and painted.  The kitchen cabinets are in and the house should be painted inside by now.  The AC units are being installed in all the bedrooms, and the front entrance patio should be done too.  We are getting close.  We also re-made the 3/4 mile road leading to our entrance.  Instead of a 1 lane dirt road with potholes, it is now a 2 lane engineered masterpiece with drainage and 4″ of newly crushed road base.  We survived Public Works, neighbors and lots of mud when it rained.  Hopefully, the neighbors won’t rake all of the new roadbase onto their driveways🙂

Nearing the finish line

Interior progress consists of finishing the tongue and groove on the great room ceiling, dry wall, taping, texturing and painting.  That’s what’s happening right now, plus the inside stairs and railing.  The 2 sets of kitchen cabinets have been installed but I haven’t seen them yet.  My designer is coming in a week to help choose all the tile and stone.

Tongue and groove in progress

Tongue and groove in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished

Finished

Just need to stain the new railing

Just need to stain the new railing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finished stairs

Building our stairs

Building our stairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck work done.

Deck looking real

Deck looking real

Railing in and waiting for finish staining all around

Railing in and waiting for finish staining all around

View from the stairs

View from the stairs

Here are some before pictures, just waiting for the “after” version

What will our bedrooms look like?  Well at least I can show the views:

Lower level on the left side.  Early morning view

Lower level on the left side. Early morning view

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Bedroom #2 for now, it has a sitting area and a lock-off additional room and bath

Now moving to the main level bedroom:

Main level right

Main level right

It got tricky on the upper level bedrooms because the sliding doors are closed and the glass is covered with protective plastic so…

View through the glass covering

View through the glass covering

Upper level right bedroom

Upper level right bedroom

Now for the “before pictures”.

parking area

parking area

Entrance and front patio

Entrance and front patio

View from tennis court #2 up to the deck. Before

View from tennis court #2 up to the deck. Before

They are working on our inside sprinkler system which is quite extensive and a bit boring right now. (and very expensive)  We are also upgrading the road that leads to our property to be in “county compliance”.  (and also very very expensive) After the 4-way inspection comes the dry wall.  I cant wait to see inclosed rooms.  That’s all for now.

We are almost on the home stretch!

The look of our log home and property is changing quickly.  We are dealing with the details that will make it just what we dreamed about.  The interior looks fantastic with a clear finish on the logs and the exterior is a bit darker, but looking good especially in the sun.

Exterior stain complete

Exterior stain complete

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The bottom of the main section under the deck will have a rock finish and the sides under the garage will be stucco to match.  The front will have the stone edging also.  They are now working on the decks.  We will have a total of 3 decks and 2 balconies on the top.

Deck under construction.  We are using a Trex type flooring so we don't have to sand and stain yearly.

Deck under construction. We are using a Trex type flooring so we don’t have to sand and stain yearly.

Here is a view of the garage and our upstairs apartment. We are getting wired for high speed internet and dish TV.  The internet connection to the tower will be up on this side of the house.  We have a direct view to the tower, so hopefully our internet connection will be strong and fast.

TV and cable will connect from up here.

TV and cable will connect from up here.

Now to all the extra work that isn’t part of the house itself.  We have started filling our 2 6,000 gallon water tanks, that can be used in case of fire (and irrigation).  We are on our last retaining wall that will support the upper tennis court and be the wall behind the parking area and the fire truck turn around area.  You can see we have a lot of fire requirements.

Fire Dept. Requirment

Fire Dept. Requirment

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Parking area where retaining wall will be

Parking area where retaining wall will be

Here is another one of those extra construction requirements.  We will be re-making the 3/4 mile of road up to our property as a county requirement.  Here are the “waddles” straw tubes for erosion control during the grading of the new road area.  We are turning a 1 lane dirt road that was poorly maintained by all the residents, into a 2 lane road with 4″ of new gravel and a specially engineered connection to the main paved county road.  It’s a huge project for 1 family to have to do.  Oh well….

Ca. State erosion requirement.

Ca. State erosion requirement.

And the next pictures are of the house.  The sliding doors are now in and I took a picture of these slits in the logs because I didn’t know what they were for.  We are currently waiting on the county to issue our permits for our inside sprinkler system, but these are not for that.  They are where the dry wall attaches into the curve of the logs.  The next work to be done is, decking, sprinkler system, dry wall, then last water tank by the pump, driveway and front patio, deck railing, rock siding and the finish work inside.  The cabinets, tubs and bath fixtures are all waiting to be installed.  It’s fun to look back and see how far along we are.

Lower level sliding door

Lower level sliding door

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I can almost see the finish line

I sure didn’t know that at this point in the construction process it would get crazy.  Winter is almost here in Ca. and fortunately the roof is on.

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Also the windows are in and only the doors remain to be installed.

IMG_8470We have ordered all the flooring for the house except for the bathroom tiles.  When you are putting down over 7,000 sq. ft. of flooring, boy does it get expensive!  We decided that paying extra for quality products would be worth it in the long run, but still… The good news was we saved on flooring for one set of stairs because they are log.

IMG_8442The next items up for discussion and that means making decisions, are light fixtures, bathroom tile and counter tops, stain and log finish colors, the concrete design for the front deck and balconies, the composition of the driveway and parking areas and if we will have enough left over for the tennis court finish work, the swimming pool, the hot tub and a fire pit. Plus, I’ve always dreamed of water features like a small stream and ponds.  Hmmmm

We made a decision on how to finish bathroom #5.  We were going to put in a steam sauna unit, but the one I wanted was discontinued.  Then we thought a tile shower would work, but since we have these fantastic Jason Microsilk spa tubs in the other 4 bathrooms, I didn’t want this wonderful bedroom to be without one.  So I will order a tub/shower combination for this one too.designer_collection1

 

I did mention there are a LOT of decisions to be made at this time.  They have started chinking the logs and we picked a matching color. Our cedar logs are so beautiful I don’t want anything to distract from the look.

securedownloadLast but not least we have to pick out 2 fireplaces, one for the great room and another for our largest bedroom. (The US Open room) The spacing for the great room fireplace is to the left of the row of beams.IMG_8498Here is a picture of our dining area.  Sierra Log Homes, our log supplier has a giant cedar tree that they will cut for us to make our front door and also I’m thinking of using it for our dining tables.   We want to take advantage of the fantastic view from the windows and out over the balcony on the other side.IMG_8499

Our kitchen cabinets for the apartment kitchen have arrived and the main kitchen’s should arrive next week.  Then we’ll be talking about sheet rock.  I think the log siding goes on next too for the garage area of the house.  Here’s another picture of our log stairs.  I am really happy with the log work and our log stacker crew really know what they are doing.  Love their handy work and attention to detail on the logs.IMG_8445

 

 

 

Install the windows and trim them

All the windows have been installed and now finish work is being done under all the eves.  What comes next? Roof is scheduled for Monday and if we are lucky we will beat the rain.  Our first set of kitchen cabinets should be here November 19.  The Jason MicroSilk tubs should arrive any day also.  Things are starting to take shape. This week the work was on the soffits, I think that’s the spelling.  It’s the wood trim that finished the under side of the eves.  You can see the unfinished edges in the first picture.  Now they are looking really great.

Outside the great room

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Inside

Upstairs bedroomFront Entrance

Garage view

Our windows are being installed

To give you an idea of the extent of this part of the project, just count the window openings on the back side of our house.

September 1, 2013

September 1, 2013

That’s a lot of space to fill. So the window truck arrived, but to make things more exciting, it didn’t clear the power line and took out the entire pole. The neighbors didn’t find that amusing at all. The PG&E worker had to chase them away because they were being so annoying. securedownload-3
Now comes the good part: Progress on our upper dormer window, the front entry and a side window. What a difference it makes!securedownload-1
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