The outside work really started this week. Michael and I were at home sick, which came in handy as we were available to meet the builders to discuss the level of our front yard. We decided to get it as flat as possible, and the earthmovers made short work of it. After 2 days of pushing dirt around, the entire block around the house was basically flat.
Part of the ground preparation was installing the conduits for gas, water and electricity, and stormwater plumbing.
Around the back, the last of the scaffolding came down, so the view from the back deck is finally revealed. Now we just need something to sit on out there (instead of the bath) and we're set!
Unfortunately the scaffolding came down before the builders had a chance to install the welded steel balustrade to our bedroom doors, so they used a digger to hoist it up. We had originally specified a glass balustrade for the bedroom, but glass is hard to keep clean, blocks out breeze and it would have reflected the interior of the bedroom at night. We love the flat bar steel, it disappears visually, particularly at night - but it still lets the breeze in. We had this powder coated to match the door frames.
Moving inside, the storage under the stairs was resolved, with a door to match the opening (which we will trim with timber to make it disappear as much as possible). Paint will make a world of difference to this timber work. Upstairs the floor levelling continues, the floor of the sunroom and the kitchen had to be packed to the same level as the original flooring before the finished surface is installed.
The bathroom vanity cabinets were installed - all 3 bathrooms have the 2-pack shaker style cabinetry that is wall-hung to make the bathrooms seem more spacious. We are really happy with the colour and our decision to go modern on the hardware, to avoid making it too 'Hamptons' themed. The kitchen was delivered into a bedroom, and will be installed once the floors are finished.