Our driveway and front step are complete! ...
This was also a fun process to watch. The crew was very well organized and made a lot of hard work look easy.
The driveway was done in three sections (four if you include the curb on the street).
The front steps were done in two sections. The top step was done after the base steps as it is a different size (it overlaps the bottom steps by an inch or so) and we have a shallow depression built in to allow a mat to fit.
This mat is the same type as we included in the link between the garage and house which I talked about in this blog entry.
As this mat will be outside, we have channels running off the sides and front of the top step to allow water to drain.
The purpose of the mat is to help indoor air quality (and so that I don't have to sweep/vacuum as often) by scraping off some of the debris we all get on the bottom of our shoes.
The mat is made mainly from recycled fish nets and should be extremely durable.
Built in floating bedside tables were also added.
Normally I would favor flexibility over looks, but these are really sharp and have been measured to fit the exact bed we are buying.
The only downside is that we will always be buying the same size bed. Considering how rarely we buy a new bed, and how this will look when complete, I am more than OK with that.
We now have a number of light fixtures! I really enjoy the kitchen fixtures which are pretty much done now. We have some touch up painting to do on the walls yet, and the tile, and doors/fronts for cabinets and a bit of plumbing, and appliances (ok, I am going to stop listing things that still need to be done now:( ).
The lights are beautiful, light the place well, and require very little energy. Every single one of them are LED lights.
My favorite though, is the vanity light fixture in our downstairs bathroom.
It looks like a horizontal rectangle of opaque glass. When turned on, it basically looks like a rectangle of light.
The LEDs are at the base of the fixture and point directly into the glass. Very sleek, contemporary and very functional!
Tomorrow, (July the 25th) we are scheduled to have more countertops installed downstairs, which will then allow the upper cabinets to be installed. Appliances are due to be delivered and installed as well as more tile work this week. I am hoping to have a very busy blog entry for you by the end of the week.
Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.