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January & February 2007
2007

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Cupola Done
04.Jan.07

Finally, it's finished. Still think I should turn it into a guest room.

Collecting Gold
06.Jan.07

The gutters are up and we're ready to collect water and of course it hasn't rain much since. I threw in this shot of our entry now that the scaffolding down. You need to imagine stairs going up and a beautiful (and hopefully affordable) iron gate.

Interior Walls
10.Jan.07

All the interior walls are in.... moving right along.

Drop Ceilings
16.Jan.07

Drop ceilings in both bathrooms and the laundry are complete. We should be able to start plastering soon. This big arched window is in the master bath right next to my bathtub. Going to need the natural light for my tropical spa area. Wondering if I should have put a wine cooler in.... what do you think?

Return Guests
14.Jan.07

Carlos and Maria with their whole gang came by with champagne to check out our progress. Get a look at the new little one on Carlo's lap. Very handsome little fellow.

Cupola Interior
17.Jan.07

Here is Bernd, who has just completed the finishing touches on the cupola. He is also responsible for getting all the drop ceilings, interior walls and many other miscellaneous projects done. His going to be building the cabinets in both baths and is right now working on the window shutters. He is a pleasure to work with and definitely knows his stuff.

More Return Guests
20.Jan.07

While on island, Mark, his daughter and a her friend made a return visit to view our progress and a beautiful sunset. Harley made us all his delicious Margarita. We had a great time!

Window Sills and an... OOPs
26.Jan.07

The guys have most of the concrete sills poured in. Alex (upper left) is giving one its' finishing touches. We have a bit of a problem with the bathroom sill where the toilet goes. A regular sized toilet will now not fit... oops! Fortunately it can be remedy by putting in a "low boy".

The Soaking Tub
28.Jan.07

Here it is, and it's a beauty! Bernd help me lay out the configuration in the master bath, right down to cutting out a template of the tub. I'm going to have buy Mr. Bubble by the case.

Espresso
05.Feb.07

Yes, it's an espresso machine. I wonder how many construction sites have one of these for the crew. No decaf here.

Champagne Inspection
06.Feb.07

Yes... more inspections. It's critical, we have to ensure that everything is up to code. From left to right: Terry (Bob's Nellis's sister), Peter (Diana's brother) and his fiancée, Marie, Bob Nellis and Bob (Terry's husband). Peter and Marie, thanks for the champagne!

Gherardi Champagne Inspection
08.Feb.07

Long time friends, Tom and Sandy finally got back to St. John to do a long awaited inspection. They served up champagne and gave their stamp of approval. Thanks, it was great to see the two of you again!

Shutters in the Making
12.Feb.07

Wrought Iron Railings
14.Feb.07

We got all measured up for railings. This is Tito and his assistant from Carlos Iron Works. He had me design the front gate, so of course it will have an outline of the setting sun.

Powell Inspection
16.Feb.07

Bob Nellis and his daughter Jenny came back up to inspect the progress, only this time Jenny brought her husband Bill and the kids (Page, Sam & Nina). I think we passed yet another inspection.

Plaster
22.Feb.07

Autumn Red Shutters
23.Feb.07

Shutters are done and their paint job is just about complete.

Under Wraps
26.Feb.07

Hidden under wraps (a big black tarp) is the top of the pergola. Secretly awaiting its unveiling. With suspense in the air I'm going to wrap up this month. See you in March.

CONTINUE TO MARCH - APRIL O7...

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