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I've  taken  lots of photos, but none of the house since we've moved back in to the house...I will be creating a new page with these images as soon as we've settled in after the new year. BTW, the final weeks have been crazy!

December 19,
2004
Home for the Holidays  

Another week of things happening so fast that we can't keep up with it all. The tile is pretty much finished, more electrical stuff is being installed, the new garage door is in, but the most visual is the completion of the fireplace and mantle. Built of oak, travertine and tile, and constructed by James of ROH (carpenter) and Stone Art of Orlando. I'll take more photos this weekend!

November 10,
2004
     

 

What a week, and today (much to our surprise) the granite counter for the kitchen was installed! In fact the men from Stone Art Tile were busy working on the bathrooms, halls and fireplace, Chip the electrician was installing outlets, and painters were outside and inside. So much is happening so fast that our heads are starting to spin.

November 4,
2004

 

The kitchen cabinets are installed, the template for the granite counter will be made tomorrow, the guest bathroom has been tiled and the stucco is close to being half done. Chris picked out a slab of travertine for the fireplace and bath accessories (sills and thresholds). Only one of the cabinets (for the spa bath) was mis-ordered with the drawers on the left instead of the right, now the plumbing won't fit --- DOH!

October 26,
2004

 

Colors, cabinets, stucco, air conditioning, more tile...This place is hoppin! It looks like the kitchen cabinets will be finished (without the granite countertop) tomorrow, Monday. The AC units, thermostats and vents are in place. and the stucco should be ready to go on very soon. The biggest change on the exterior will be tha redesign of the columns by the front entry (for a rendering of what they will look like click here).

October 23,
2004

Things are starting to really rock and roll. We survived hurricane Jeanne, though one large pine tree came perilously close to the house. Then doors, trim, paint, tile, and cabinets all bim, bam, boom. Of course there are lots of decisions and headaches involved when things move so fast, but we're hanging on.

October 21,
2004
 

The drywall is finally going up. Even though hurricane Jeanne will be knocking at the doors the day after tomorrow, it sure is nice to see the progress. Sure hope we don't get any trees through the roof. With any luck the tile work and painting will begin soon.

September 24,
2004
 

Jeannie is finally in her kitchen...sort of. We did an inventory of the cabinets in the contractors storage unit. The sight of the wood was a cheery change from the rather depressing several weeks of hurricanes 'Charley' and 'Frances'. We have also finalized most of the tile (that's the kitchen countertop and backsplash below), and to top it off the insulation is in and awaiting inspection so the drywall installation can begin.

Mid-September
2004
 

About two months have passed since the last update, and very little progress can be noted photographically. Inspection delays, mix-ups with sub-contractors, and contractor inattentiveness have been frustrating at best. Hurricane Charley passed us by, doing only minor tree damage in the neighborhood and no damage to the house (the new hurricane wind codes make the house extremely strong), but the effect that will be most felt is in more delays. The contractors lost several days prepping their many projects before storm and working on new emergency projects afterwards. We don't know yet if material shortages will become an issue. But in spite of these issues, some progress has been made. The wiring and plumbing are roughed-in and the low-voltage system is awaiting inspection, the windows are all installed with the exception of the special order fixed windows. The A/C ductwork is in. The kitchen and bath cabinetry was ordered and is in storage. In August, Jeannie and I made a trip to North Carolina to shop for furniture. We didn't purchase anything, but made all the essential contacts to buy the items that we found and liked. As we sit and wait for Hurricane Frances, we worry that we may face even further delays...

Saturday
September 4,
2004
     

 

The  shingles go up, some windows get lowered (code changes) and some plumbing gets shifted. The wireing has started and the plumbing has begun. The kitchen re-design is nearly complete and the cabinets for the  bathrooms are ready to be ordered. Now we only have 74 million decisions to make rather than 74.5

Thursday
June 29,
2004
 

The sheathing was finished and the nails approved. The tar paper  has been put on and it shouldn't be too long before the shingles go up.  With the afternoon showers starting to kick in, timing couldn't be better.

Thursday
June 3,
2004
 

The Christmas tree is out of the house...

Monday
May 31,
2004

When the house burned, the Christmas tree, along with other things, survived by being under a portion of the roof which didn't collapse. Though battered by the falling ceiling, the tree remained green for what seemed like weeks as the inventory and demolition continued. It was understood that the Christmas tree was not to be removed until we rounded the corner from demolition to rebuilding; sort of like the "topping out" ceremony on skyscrapers, just a little out of sequence. Well, we certainly rounded that corner this week. Monday morning there was nothing, and now we almost have a complete roof.
Hoo-hoo! 


The vaulted ceiling is almost complete. The view through the living room to the back wall in the den is going to be nice. The roof sheathing is about 90% done and we hope to get inspected next week so we can get "dried in" before the rains start.

Friday
May 28,
2004

 

More of the sheathing is up and the framing of the cathedral ceiling is filling in the gap. Walking about inside, I was struck by how small the interior was beginning to appear, especially since without roof or walls, the views up are  great (in good weather), and the lack of interior walls made it look more spacious.

Thursday
May 27,
2004

The sheathing is going up. For the first time since the fire, I am comforted by the fact that we probably WILL have a roof over our heads again.

Wednesday
May 26,
2004
 

The crane arrived Tuesday morning and by the time I arrived that afternoon, the remainder of the trusses that were on the ground were set and the crane was gone. The new roofline is taking shape.
Tuesday
May 25,
2004
 

As of May 24, Monday morning, The trusses had been on the ground for a week. The prepping for raising the roof had been continuing, but we were waiting on some REAL construction. So, by the afternoon the trusses for the master bedroom had been set, and several of the interior walls had been built as support for the cathedral ceiling which was to be constructed on-site.
Monday
May 24,
2004