An Issue with the Railings What Color?

Kevin made a site visit and came back with a good report, except for one detail.

Inside, we covered a bunch of points. All positive, except one. I rejected the railing and handrail. I did not like the color and I felt the finish was a bit too glossy. It will be repainted. I will followup on this until it’s how I think it should be. The actual work is excellent and the style is ideal for the spaces. This is just the beginning of work to fine-tune the finish work. I am a notorious P.I.T.A. on this stuff…

It’s great to have a PITA on site and on the ball.

An Update

After a long meeting in a smoke-filled metal fabricating shop and having looked at 40 options, narrowed it to 8, Kevin came back to us with three railing color options, recommending we choose from two of them.

(In the pictures is a sample of the door and window hardware. The real issue is to be sure they go together.)

Metal railing color option 1

Railing color option 2

We chose the one on the right, which was also Kevin’s choice.

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Entering the Home Stretch Maybe Only 2-3 Weeks to Go

Right after the (long) holiday break ended, Kevin and the team got together to make a plan for finishing the house.

partially completed checklist

Here’s his list of the remaining work to do:

  • tile the pool surround
  • tile the stairs
  • install toilets, sinks, bidet units (i.e. bathroom finish work)
  • install terrace railing and stair hand rails
  • install kitchen
  • finish outside fountain
  • finish fireplace
  • finish painting
  • install lighting fixtures
  • Johnny’s items – closet doors and nicchie finish work
  • ENEL — permanent house electrical line (the only challenge I see, and, the house can continue to function in the interim on the current job site electrical supply)
  • install internal doors
  • install bug screens, etc. — the finish work associated with the windows, done after workmen stop traipsing through the house
  • final heat test
  • fotovolts connected to inverters, system test, etc.
  • note, too, that the road will be competed…the final stratum of material goes on once everybody stops going to the house on a daily basis with heavy vehicles

It seems like a lot to us, as these details always take more time than you expect, but Kevin’s estimate is that it will all be done in just a few weeks, by early February at the latest.

I’m still expecting it will take a few weeks longer, but it really doesn’t matter either way. We won’t be able to get to Italy and use it right away — though we sure wish we could.

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