Friday, July 22, 2011
This is the view of the Saturday night party from our tiny balcony. I didn't catch a photo of the pool on Sunday night, but it was easily four times as crowded. See the circles on the bottom of the pool?
The pool is above the rear of the lobby. When you look up, you can see the swimmers from underneath. I chose not to swim.
But the light shimmering through the water into the lobby was just stunning. Jack said there was a photo shoot going on in this area before I arrived. Circles, circles everywhere...
This was our little room, which was actually quite nice. We're thinking of contacting the hotel to see what kind of mattresses they use, which are much dreamier than our current mattress at home...
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I completely missed the fact that water had been rushing down the back basement steps underneath the basement back door and into one of the rooms that we have much of our packed stuff in.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
After hearing more about how the roofing and flashing were constructed, I think we were wrong about the gap at the bottom being the problem. Everyone seems to think at this point that the problem is that the grout is soaking up water which wicks much further, past and underneath the porch roof. We were expecting rain this day or the next, so they fastened a tarp to seal off the chimney above the flashing. Unfortunately, we only got a sprinkling, so we weren't able to prove that was the problem.
Our builder had come up with Siberian Larch as an alternate wood for flooring (bottom piece). The piece on the left is the cedar, for the deck flooring, to which we're trying to roughly match the look. I don't have the other piece of larch he brought in this photo, but the grain between the two pieces was completely different. The smaller pieces above right are reclaimed heartwood pine samples that we got from a company in North Carolina.
And with a brochure cover like this, how could we go wrong? Reuben would apparently be so happy with this floor.....
Friday, July 15, 2011
We've still been having problems with the cedar plywood, that's the under-side of the porch roof, getting wet where it contacts the chimney when it rains. So they cut a channel in the stone and installed this bigger flashing which covers the first flashing they installed. This is the only angle where the flashing is visible from the street.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
NE PAS LAISSER TOMBAR! NO VOLCAR! NICHT WERFEN! NICHT FALLEN LASSEN!
I neglected to take a picture before I opened the box, but this was undoubtedly the best-wrapped box I'd ever seen.
Remember these concrete pendant lights we were trying to order from Germany?
And my lame attempt at mock-ups?
They're here!! And I'm amazed at how closely the tone matches that of the concrete hearth.
The lens attaches with three little magnets. Die schlauen Deutschen! (those crafty Germans...)
We had problems with leaks around the chimney, so they came back and beefed up the flashing, which is too bad, because that makes it that much more visible from the street. It improved the situation, but didn't fix it. This photo is from Sunday, the 3rd, after a hard rain. This is the front of the chimney on the front of the house, under the porch ceiling. As you can see, the stone and grouting get wet, but also, the cedar plywood gets water stains that are permanent, and would turn to rot.
I think this stain (on the edge of the plywood) is also from water seeping in at the flashing, then traveling down the incline to this spot...
...and this water stain on the porch floor is directly below it.
So, on Monday, after the parade, Jack kindly offered to go up on the roof and take some pictures of the flashing.
We're wondering if this gap is where it's getting in.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
"Oh, my God, the parade is about to start! You don't think that crappy band is going to dare play again, do you? We've suffered for so many years..."
"Toot, toot, bleat, bleat..."
Bicyclist: "My ears! MY EARS!!!"
"Yaaaaaay! They finally stopped playing!"
I told Sheila how frustrated I was that, as we sit waiting for wood samples (or any other long-drawn delay in construction), we're still dealing with having no kitchen and the limiting effects of that on our homemade meals. She pulled out a craft magazine (a gift from Grandma Sheila and Grandpa John) and asked if we could try making the recipe in it for Ratatouille! (She's so smart!) It was awesome, and what was even awesome-er was that she loved it too!
I've been held up in blogging, partly because nothing is happening at the house (waiting on siding and flooring samples), and largely because Sheila is now out for summer and my computer is apparently her new life. Anyway, through the heat, we've had some lovely happenings to entertain us in the back yard. Here are some calla lilies...
And here are some gargantuan day lilies.
Here's a photo with my gargantuan hand, to give you a sense of scale. I'm not a big day lily fan, but apparently, I'm a big fan of big day lilies.