Week 114 – We have a bridge!

After almost two months of non-stop rain, the weather finally cooperated and the bridge over the creek bed was finally poured. Here is the finished forms waiting on the concrete to show up.

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Pour has started.

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Finishing up.

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It is such a relief to get this done. It was causing access issues to the house to finish up the final interior and exterior items.

The bridge didn’t cause all work to cease. The steel work painting continued.

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The upstairs deck was completed including the stairs down to the upper landing area.

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Landscaping work should start next week now that trucks have access. The interior AV work also continues to get wifi, cameras, and sound systems integrated.

Week 113 – Rain Rain Go Away

The rain has really been slowing down progress on the exterior items. Some progress has been made on the bridge but it is slow going.

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The floating steps look great and are almost done.

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Fence work continues.

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On the inside, we have mirrors in the powder and guest room.

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The deck railing continues and is about half way done.

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Smarter Homes has started all the AV work.

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I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the bridge can be finished up this week in between the rain which is in the forecast for at least the next week.

Week 112 – Steps and Stairs

We’ve had a lot of rain in the past two weeks that has slowed down the new bridge over the dry creek. It is finally getting formed up and will hopefully get poured next week.

Luckily it hasn’t slowed down the floating front steps.

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The staircase railing wood has been added and it really looks amazing.

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The vent hood cover was finally installed and was really the last item in the kitchen remaining.

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The sliding barn doors to the storage area has also been installed.

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Landscaping will also start next week depending on the weather. More rain is in the forecast so we will be fighting that as we try and get this house finished.

Week 110 – Rain

After  a long stretch of dry weather, Austin had a large amount of rain which has put a damper on the new bridge. This is a video just after the rain storm. You can see the water flowing quickly in the creek bed.

This is a few days later. The water is not as high but still flowing.

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The install for the upper deck has started and is almost complete.

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On the interior, installation of the wood on the staircase has begun. The wood and steel combination really looks great.

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We have more rain in the forecast today but hopefully less than half and inch and it is supposed to be a fast moving storm. We need it to dry out to get this bridge complete.

Week 110 – Bridge Prep

The existing bridge over the dry creek bed is being removed and replaced to allow water to flow more freely during large rain events. The initial work has been started to pour the footings and then the bridge will be removed.

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Landscaping and grading continue. The planters have been filled with rock for drainage.

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The upper terrace continues to be graded and soil brought in. Holes have been dug for the fruit trees.

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Here is a shot showing the bed around the back of the garage where the citrus trees will go.

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The screen door has been installed on the patio.

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The wine cooler has also been installed in the pantry which was the last major appliance.

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We may get some much needed rain today, but next week should be dry and will allow the entry steps to be poured as well as the bridge.

 

Week 109 – More Steel and Irrigation

The terrace is pretty much done and the steel bases for the railing are installed.

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All the structural steel for the floating steps for the front door entry are in place and the rest of it will be formed and poured early next week. It will be so nice to finally have steps.

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In solar news, the city passed our system and the meter has been installed. It is already pretty cool to see how our system is performing.

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The main irrigation lines are also installed allowing us to start landscaping.

Things should be wrapping up in the next month and we may move into this house yet.