Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ALMOST DONE!!!!! Plaster pool, set up furniture and plant our Palm Trees. Thats it.

It has been the busiest month yet.  We are just approaching the 9th month of construction and have proven ourselves as a viable island contractor.  We have been very organized and have used some of the best subcontractors and laborers to construct this gorgeous villa and that is why we are at this stage in less than the usual "island construction time" of 12 months to 24 months.  In the last month, we have completed all tile work, including the showers, all of the exterior brick work on the veranda, walk ways and pool patio, packed and shipped our last container with the cabinets, stair material and furniture, shipped granite and appliances in from Florida and installed all of the same.  We have also  hooked up the airconditioners, installed light fixtures and ran the gas line for the high efficient hot water heater.  Yes...we have hot water.
 The travertine is breath taking.  Above is the great room.

Another picture of the great room
The front entry.  3" reclaimed Cyress door. Enough said.

 This is one of the 3 Master bedroom en-suite bathrooms with custom Barnwood cabinets, finished with unique wood tops, copper sinks and open air outdoor showers.

OK so onto our interior stair well.  We have climbed a ramp joining the main and lower level for months.  Once the plaster started we had to remove the ramp and replaced with a 12 ft ladder.  No one was happier than us to see the stairs arrive on island and be installed.  Below is a picture of the material which is very old 4X12 re-claimed barnwood beams that we used to construct our staircase. 

We flew in two of our friends, Cary and Greg, that are talented carpenters/contractors from Lake of the Ozarks to fabricate the stairs from these beautiful beams.  What a couple characters.

This is a picture of the stairs as you walk out of the lower bedrooms.  

The finished product is everything we thought it would be.  We have used metal spindles with an antique copper finish to add a touch of class to the stairs.  We still have to stain and apply a finish sealer to the stairs.

While all of that was going on, the cabinets were installed, also made of reclaimed wood.  They couldnt have turned out any better.  Below is the crate the holds our granite.  John's cousin in Holywood Florida, has friend from childhood that owns a granite company in south Florida.  We flew to Florida, selected our slabs and then had them shipped to St John.

They did a fabulous job fabricating the granite.

We flew in John's son Hunter to install the granite. He did an awesome job and had it all installed in basically one day.  Kitchen, powder bath and the laundry room.  Thanks Hunter and  Audrey for helping us clean and get organized.

This is the slab for the island.  It was 9 ft long and 4 feet wide.  It took 6 guys to carry the slab in to the villa.

Here is the finished product.  Its breath taking.  The island has a honed finish and is so beautiful.  Appliances have made it as well.  Cant wait to chill some beer in the fridge!  Below is a close up of the cabinets and granite.

This is a picture of the copper kitchen sink.  We love it!

All of the vanities are installed as well each with a custom copper sink.  All plumbing is hooked up, although this picture doesnt show the faucet. The tops in the 3 bathrooms have a liquid glass finish.

As stated earlier, All of the exterior brick pavers have been laid and are complete.  This is the view out of the main entrance highlighted with the native stone walls.  Like everything else, they turned out phenominal!

This is the view as you approach the main entrance.  It has turned out just as planned.

Here is a picture of the 30 by 25  pool area.  The tile work is complete in the pool and plaster should be done in the pool  by New years Eve.  As of today, the remainder of the bricks in the drain area have been complete and they have been acid washed and are now ready for furniture. 

 This is a view from the same vantage point but looking bach towards the villa.

And the final picture......Sunrise while sitting on the veranda.  It is so tranquil as the breeze blows and you hear the surf below.  The next post will have all of the frnishings in place. Soon come............