Given our hillside location, we’re concerned that in a heavy rain water might pour down the slope until it ended up inside our house. A few weeks ago, I raised this issue with Kevin. He said Francisc had some drainage planned, but I asked them to beef it up.
The trench digging and gravel and pipe work has been going on over the last few days. These trenches are designed to carry the water around to the sides of the house.
It looks like they are covering the gravel with a landscape fabric of some type.
On top of the gravel and fabric, I think they’re going to place the topsoil.
Seeing all this in place makes me a lot less concerned about a flood.
Anne has been wondering for a long time when the stairs would go in. I surmised that since they are above the utility room, they were waiting until all the mechanicals were installed. That may not be the case, but we do now have a stairway underway.
A couple of days later we got shots of the concrete base of the stairs.
Earlier this week, Kevin sent us a photo of the marble slab Angelo had picked for the master bedroom countertop.
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.
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.
Kevin and Angelo responded with a third option, saying it was the best they could do. It shows where the sink will set and what veins will show.
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.)
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.