Sunday, January 29, 2017

Two More Weeks Until Move In!

Finishing details are my favorite part of watching a house come together.  I chose the faucets over
15 months ago and it is tough to remember all their details.  Now is time for them to be installed.

This little 33 inch tall beauty is called the Gantry and is manufactured by WaterMark.  It is polished nickel and comes with a pull down sprayer and an articulated spout that will reach across the
long 44 inch Kohler Chef's sink in the prep kitchen and scullery. 

In the more formal kitchen area, the dining hall, an unlacquered polished brass faucet, also by Watermark, adds a bit more of an elegant touch to the sink area.  The countertops were installed this week and this area's counters are a leathered quartzite called Victoria Falls. 

The Lacanche range wall is primarily Doggett mountain stone.  A ledge of a gray limestone called crianza breaks the space between the countertop and the counter.  This will give a visual break and also be easier to clean next to the stove.  Eric, our master mason, is filling in the grout gap by hand to finish the installation.

This picture better shows the coloration and the 3 inch countertops. 
A black Vent-A-Hood is over the range.  It is detailed with a  brass pot rail and strapping.

Specialty doors have been installed this week.  This glass pocket door into my husband's "fly shop" allows light to go from the window in his space down a long hall to the living spaces.

And my favorite doors from a hotel in Paris are installed and get the royal treatment with a
camouflage hunters jacket hung on the feminine brass door knob.  Yes, as I have always said, this house is a study of contrasts! 

The old hardware was removed from the core of the door and
it was filled in with wood and epoxy  and new hardware was installed. 

Our hand forged stair rails were installed and make a wonderful contrast over the Montana snow fence shiplap in the stairwell.  Unfortunately, the Montana snow fence is "snowed in" in Montana and is still backordered.  We are waiting for more to finish the job.

Closet systems were installed this week.  Shelves for shoes, jewelry trays, lingerie drawers, pull out wardrobe hooks to plan outfits and a pull out full length mirror are some of the features.

 The inside of the fireboxes get painted black to get ready for the gas logs. 
This prevents the fire  from showing soot marks on the bricks.

Hopefully, in 2 weeks, these fireplaces will be glowing with gas logs.
Appliances and cabinetry details- hardware-trim-shelves happen this week.
  Landscaping and erosion control, water testing and  energy efficiency testing all happen this week too! One more coat of finishes on all the floors and paint touch up is all going on too! Final power and water get turned on Tuesday and all the temporary systems are disconnected. Music, Wi-Fi and TV's are being installed too.  We are hoping for occupancy permits next week.
Then the deep cleaning process begins and takes 2 weeks. Then we can move!
Wow- the millions of details just to move into a house- I am sure going to miss the action!


Ian's Girl said...

I think I'm almost as excited as you! It just keeps getting better and better.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Susan!

Never blog anymore but had to stop by and spend a little time catching up here
with your new home and all the phenomenal detailing that you incorporated.
What a dream! Love all the surfaces and fixtures you selected. The kitchen is
gorgeous. The elevator walls are so clever. Love it all.

Anxious to see how your LB pieces fit in once you get everything in its place.
You are a master at display and placement. AND you always have the prettiest
and most unusual pieces. Looking forward to watching it come together here.
Please post again soon.