We reached some milestones that allow me to believe that the end is in sight. I was worried about what I perceived as stalling out, but then I came to appreciate how complicated it is to build around an existing structure as opposed to building from scratch. We ended up doing much more to the cottage that I started with because it was clear when we got into it that it wasn’t well constructed AND it also had knob and tube wiring (ouch) https://mrelectric.com/winnipeg/knob-and-tube-wiring
After a second pour of the concrete around the pool (the first cracked as it was poured on a windy and very hot day), we now have a finished pool deck and no cracks. We tiled all the exterior steps with very interesting mixed Turkish looking patterns.
Pella windows are almost all in and they look stunning and seem to work well. Of course, having them in the space is just the beginning of the finished look. I’m loving the two cupolas and have several comments from neighbors. The height of the house is imposing and makes quite a statement.
The roofline is quite a feat with peaks and valleys and different pitches to mesh together. I am in awe of the engineering thought that is going into the thinking and hoping it proves successful and that we won’t have any leaks once the winter storms come. We’ve added several skylights to ensure that we have plenty of light coming into the space. We needed to get some of the boarding up to know where those dark spots were. Now we’ll have Velux skylights and tunnels (solar tubes) in the Kitchen, Guest Bath, Great Room and Butler’s/Baking Pantry.
Pool house is finished and ready for occupancy where it is in transition from office to a temporary home.
Finished pool and happily no cracks!
Turkish tile steps
Cupola install (1 of 2)
Drywall being lifted up and over the fig tree to 2nd floor.
Gardens perform through construction and keeps us busy with harvesting all through the fall!