Details, Details Part II

Our masons saved the best for last and have completed the library gable with its brick arch and corbels.

Here is the fireplace nearly complete inside the lanai.

The two pieces of wood sticking out are called corbels too. These corbels are made from reclaimed barn timbers and we have a hefty barn timber mantel that will be installed on top of them. The masons will be moving on to the front entry and then topping off the chimney next week. And we will be right behind them with grading, irrigation, landscape and sod.

Ahhh! Feels good to be on the old critical path.


Our masons have been reaching new heights both literally and figuratively as the beautiful brick arches have been built in several places. 

Here’s a little closer look at these well executed details.

More to come.

All Painted Up and Looking Pretty...somewhat Stoned

Quite a bit of visible progress this week. I’ll let the pictures do the talking: 

So what do you think, really?

Color Our Home

This week we worked on finalizing exterior colors. Our architect, Dominick Tringali, had a pretty good idea what we needed to do to accomplish a warm look and feel using “hard” materials like natural stone and cedar. He selected various colors and materials and we went out and got larger samples of each. Our developer and homeowners association (HOA) at Turtle Lake must also approve our colors and materials. The best way to get everyone on the same page is to build a mock up using the brick and stone we think we want and then bring samples of the other materials – wood trim, window frames, siding and roofing – so we can look at them in the environment they will “live” in. We haven’t committed to a stone mason yet but one of the best, Bruce Meininger, offered to come by and build our mock up wall. Mark, a very talented stone Mason took the sample material and went to work. This is what they made: Color BoardColor Board














For our meeting with Dominick we brought the rest of the samples we have collected and laid them on the “wall”. Here is what that looked like:

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After our meeting with Dominick we decided to try the shingle color in the upper left corner and that we like the cedar siding on the upper right (we had a third sample that didn’t even make the cut). So we’ll get a bigger shingle sample and put them up again and then we will submit them to the developer and HOA. Hopefully, they will like them as much as we do and we will lock in our orders for everything so they will be there when we need them.



We also finished the block on our trench footings in the garage and our lanai (enclosed porch) so those areas are ready for the carpenter to build the walls on:

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Our structural steel beams and columns showed up and the driver coaxed them off the of the flatbed truck. Our carpenters will start the job by setting these in place.

More to come…..