Pool, Portico, Plaster, and Pavimento Plenty of Progress

Today’s photos show a smorgasbord of progress on the exterior and interior.

The application of the waterproof sealant for the pool has begun.

Working to Seal the Pool Concrete
Working to Seal the Pool Concrete
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The columns that will support the portico roof have been poured and faced with stone and brick.

Finished Portico Columns
Finished Portico Columns
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Plaster work progresses on the top floor walls.

Guest Room Plaster
Guest Room Plaster
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The base layer of the pavimento (flooring) is being put in place. It’s a molded structure that will hold the underfloor heating pipes.

Study with Underfloor Heating Base
Study with Underfloor Heating Base
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Here’s the assortment of pictures.

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Style Guides Direction for Designer: Kitchen, Bathrooms, Flooring

Kevin asked us to provide some guidance to the kitchen and bath designer, so he can prepare some plans and ideas for us to look at during our May trip.

Here’s how he described these “style guides”:

We are NOT looking for brands or model numbers or exact products. What we ARE looking for are images, with your voiceover, that give us a sense of the styles and looks you like and want to create at the house. From these stimuli Angelo will present a RANGE of things that fit the look and make suggestions based on those looks that you may not have previously considered. He will do this for FLOORING, BATHROOMS and KITCHEN.

Anne pulled together a short slide deck that describes and illustrates our general desires, which unfortunately I can’t link to for image copyright issues.

Here’s a summary.

Overall
  • We are going for a “modern farmhouse” feel.
  • Clean, bright, modern but NOT super-sleek contemporary.
  • Simple, classic, and timeless, but maybe some rustic or industrial touches.
  • Nothing “fussy”
  • Don’t want something that looks dated in 5 years.
Cabinetry
  • Classic look: white or possibly painted gray-ish.
  • Possibly have island painted in different color than rest of cabinets.
  • Could be a mix of open and closed shelving.
  • Efficiently designed for max storage.
  • Classic hardware- not too contempo.
  • Pull-out drawer for garbage.
  • Under cabinet lighting.
  • No fussy flourishes.
  • No curtains on lower cabinets!
Countertops
  • Light (grayish-white) quartzite. Like marble but more practical
  • Another option: wood, maybe darker, like windows and door
Backsplash Tile
  • Simple and clean – subway tile or similar. No fussy designs.
  • If white, could add “texture” via the layout/pattern.
  • No contrasting grout
Other Kitchen
  • Undercounter wine refrigerator and ice machine
  • Single basin sink
Flooring
  • Terracotta (?) tile – not too dark, not too regular or smooth. Varied sizes and layout/pattern. A bit “rustica.” A good model is Ken’s house.
  • This flooring will carry over to all of ground level (possible exception is master bath).
Master Bath
  • Clean, simple, classic, bright.
  • Vanity (not free-standing sink), with as much counter space as possible, and cabinets/drawers below
  • Niche shelving over toilet.
  • Shower: open glass, rain shower plus handheld shower unit. Inset shelf/niche for shampoo, etc.
  • Recessed medicine cabinet
  • Flooring: white/light colored tile?
Ground Floor Bathroom
  • Vanity could be a converted piece of furniture (or look like it).
  • Niche shelving over toilet.
  • Shower: open glass, rain shower plus handheld shower unit.
  • Flooring: Same as rest of ground floor
Top Floor Bath
  • Clean, simple, classic, bright. Or could be a bit more rustic
  • Vanity (not free-standing sink), with as much counter space as possible + storage below.
  • Shower: open glass, rain shower plus handheld shower unit.
  • Flooring: tbd. Faux wood tile as an option ?