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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Adding Some of the Exterior Features

Way back in May, we selected some accent pieces from a stone yard that both had some recovered older pieces and made new ones, as well.

Now some of those have been installed.

Exterior Country Sink in Place
Exterior Country Sink in Place
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Exterior Faucet and Faceplate
Exterior Faucet and Faceplate
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With the holidays approaching, we’re getting close to completing the house. We’re hoping for no later than February.

Casa Avventura mid-December 2017
Casa Avventura Mid-December 2017
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Progress on the Interior Flooring, Bathrooms, Electrical, and More

Now that the work is focused on finishing the inside, lots of projects are underway at the same time. We got a large collection of photos today showing some of this work.

Bathrooms

Pieces of each bathroom are in place, including some tile and fixtures, but more work remains for after the winter holiday.

Upstairs Bath Tub and Shower Area
Upstairs Bath Tub and Shower Area
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Master Bath Shower Tile
Master Bath Shower Tile
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Electrical and Stairs

Many of the photos were of different electrical connections. They’re not very interesting to look at, but they’re at the stage where they can add switches and outlets,

All the structural work for the stairs is complete. Tiling and railings will come next.

A Busy Electrical Junction Box
A Busy Electrical Junction Box
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Looking Down the Stairs
Looking Down the Stairs
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Walls and Floors

The tile is now in place everywhere except the stairs and the walls are ready for painting.

Jack's Room Ready to Paint
Jack’s Room Ready to Paint
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Looking Down Toward the Kitchen
Looking Down Toward the Kitchen
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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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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, saying 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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