Portone Being Built

Back in June, we decided on the general design of the portone. Now it is being manufactured, and Kevin sent us pictures of the work in progress for our approval.

We like the look of the arch and details, so we gave the OK for work to continue. As of now, it’s the only door or window that hasn’t been installed.

Portone in Progress
Portone
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Door photo: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

Master Bathroom Countertop Trying to Choose a Stone Slab

Earlier this week, Kevin sent us a photo of the marble slab Angelo had picked for the master bedroom countertop.

Original Proposed Slab
Original Proposed Slab
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Anne was concerned about the diagonal vein running up toward the left, and we wondered just where the sink would placed and whether it would serve to interrupt the seam enough that it wouldn’t be too apparent.

Kevin came back with an alternative slab picked by Angelo. In his comments, he noted that this slab was VERY big.

Second Option for Slab
Second Option for Slab
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Now, this picture shows even a bigger vein. But it also is a totally different color cast than the first. So can we rely on pictures to make this decision, Anne wondered. When we redid our kitchen here a few years ago, we went to a stone yard and looked at potential slabs. Even then, it was hard to make a choice.

I was unclear on just how either of these slabs would work. I needed to understand how the countertop would be cut out of the slab and where the sink would sit, so I sent Kevin a couple of drawings to indicate the impression I was getting.

Guess of Slab Cutout
Guess of Slab Cutout
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Second Option with Guess about Placement
Second Option with Guess about Placement
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Kevin and Angelo responded with a third option, and to keep us quiet, said it was the best they could do. It shows where the sink will set and what veins will show.

Third Slab Option
Third Slab Option
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We’re going with this one.

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Tile images: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

An Update on the Landscape Plan Very Slow Progress

This is the longest. most painful process we’ve been through yet.

survey tool

Given the slope of the property, having a good landscape plan is very important. We need to have various levels and will need plantings to soften some of the slope.

We first started in earnest on the plan during our visit in May, when we met on site with a landscape designer, Paula, and our geometra, Jimmy. We thought we were making progress on the plan in July when we had another site visit. Little progress was made until late September, but it looked then like we were ready to get it all put together..

Wrong. Now it’s November and we still don’t have the terrain map Paula needs to design the landscape. The latest holdup was caused by Jimmy not being able to get the special gps machine used to work out details terrain plans. Apparently, it’s in very high demand.

Finally, this week, Jimmy was able to produce a CAD file with the terrain. (You can get a feel for the steepness of the slope, especially behind the house where the contour lines are very close together.)

Detailed Terrain Map
Detailed Terrain Map
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Now the holdup is that Paula works only on paper and neither she nor Jimmy seemed to want to get what we had printed. Fortunately, Kevin stepped in, contacted the gps guy who had done the measurements and produced the CAD file, and got him to deliver a pdf version.

Kevin will pass that off to Jimmy and Paula to get printed on a large format printer.

So we’re not out of the woods yet.

Grr.

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Survey tool image: Copyright: phatthanit / 123RF Stock Photo
Terrain map: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

Tiling and a Whole Lot More With Some Great Photos of the View

It’s been about 3 weeks since we received any photos. Anne asked Kevin if work was progressing, and he responded with a bundle of photos showing a lot of different projects underway.

The front of the house is looking very nice. Work is continuing on the retaining wall up the hill.

Front from Kitchen Side
Front from Kitchen Side
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Base of the Retaining Wall
Base of the Retaining Wall
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Tile is going in the kitchen area of the main room and on the marciapiede that surrounds the house.

Kitchen Tile
Kitchen Tile
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Tile Along the Back
Tile Along the Back
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The terrazza tile is done, and the views from the terrazza looking southwest are wonderful.

From Terrazza Looking Uphill
Terrazza and Roof Tile
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Southwest from the Terrazza
Southwest from the Terrazza
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Inside, the stone wall is grouted and the heating control box is connected to the underfloor tubes.

Interior Stone Wall Grouted
Interior Stone Wall Grouted
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Heating Pipe Connections
Underfloor Heating Pipe Connections
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Also, the interior is being prepped for painting, some of the bathroom fixtures are in, and utility connection boxes have been set in the ground outside.

Here are all the photos of the various projects underway.

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All images: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

Finalizing Our Lighting Selections Fixtures and Placements

We spent part of two days during our July trip looking at lighting at SMAL, a lighting distributor. We walked away with two issues: we couldn’t find suitable lights for some locations and the total price of what we selected was too high.

After we returned home, we did a lot of searching online to find substitute lights that were more affordable. Having a selection in place was a plus; even if we weren’t going to use a SMAL light, we had something to guide us in our search.

We focused on amazon.it and searches at google.it to identify some possibilities. After a few days of work, we found most of the lights we need. We ended up with about a 30% cost reduction from the original number. (Even after our searching, we had trouble finding suitable replacements for the low voltage cable lights in the main room. We liked the look or what we had selected, so we stayed with our original choice despite the higher cost.)

Then this activity went dormant for a couple of months, until last week Kevin asked us for our final lighting list. He wanted to know what to order from SMAL and for us to order, for delivery to him, lights from the other sources.

We put together a packet with purchase lists and diagrams showing where each light is to be placed. Based on the list of non-SMAL lights, I went online to make the purchases.

Fortunately, about 80% of the lighting we found was from Amazon. Fortunate because amazon.it would let me order from the US for shipment to Italy. The other sites wanted a credit card with an Italian billing address. So we asked Kevin to order those lights himself.

Final Lighting Selections
Final Lighting Selections
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