On January 28, 2011, we poured the last of the 948 cubic yards of concrete. (A yard of concrete weighs approximately 4000 lbs. so the house has nearly 4 million pounds of concrete.) We poured all the driveways, the front entry, three sets of stairs off the back patio deck and a landing. We then had two weeks of cold snowy weather. However, it has warmed up again so we have begun building the outdoor fences and Randy is completing the final grading. Butler Brothers hauled 98 truck loads of dirt off the property. This is dirt that had been stored since digging the basement more than one year ago. We are going to add some retaining walls to the front of the home and the driveway ended up a little more steep than we had envisioned (see photo at top). However, it was a tradeoff between a steeper driveway or more steps from the garage floor into the home. I hope we’re happy with fewer steps in the garage and a slightly steeper driveway.
We have bricked the back deck columns and installed the guide tracks for the patio deck Clear View Motion Screens. We will be finishing the outdoor stucco on Monday. Then the folks from Clear View Screens will begin installing the eight power screens and two sliding screens on the back porch. We finished the ceiling of the back porch with cedar. Troy has been building the Fire Magic outdoor kitchen. The kitchen includes a 90,000 btu gas stove, refrigerator, trash can, paper towel dispenser and a beverage center complete with a blender. There will be nine dozen empty wine bottles cut in half, imbedded in the front of the outdoor kitchen and lit from the back.
GWS mulched all the scrap lumber and sheet rock. We are looking at using Murphy’s Products’ Terra XTREME 3200. The Terra XTREME 3200 is offered with the goal of increased versatility to process materials such as topsoil, clay, sand, compost and manure, alone or blended together. We would like to mix the clay soil with the ground up sheet rock and manure to make a rich soil for the flower beds and garden area. However, the cost may be prohibitive
Omar Flores and his crew from A&E Tile and Design have laid 2400 sq ft. of Saltillo tile floor (above) and installed the tile in all the bathrooms (kids left, master bathroom right). In the master bathroom shower, they added a quatrefoil (pictured on the right). They have also started on the kitchen backsplash and will be tiling the kitchen island next week.
Mario’s crew has primed the entire home and finished painting the basement of the home. The cabinets have been installed through out the home and will be finished in the next week. We were really worried about the cabinets from Ohio, but every cabinet slide into place perfectly. We did tell the folks we were going to have a 24” warming drawer in the butler’s pantry, however, we found a really great deal on a 27” warming drawer and purchased it. We forgot to follow up with the cabinet shop and so we now have a 24” KitchenAid warming drawer and a 27” KitchenAid warming drawer that we’ll install in the basement bar. Problem solved!
In the basement, we are using carpet in the theater room and in the guest bedrooms. The theater bathroom (named the Pit Stop bathroom) will have red and black garage deck flooring. The rest of the basement floors will be stained concrete. The big areas of the basement floor, game room and fitness area, have been stained blue as the photo shows. Mary Ann Walls will be painting a mural of the Beatles Yellow Submarine on the basement wall. A Williams Brothers Bootles pinpall machine (Williams wouldn’t pay royalties to the Beatles) will be in the basement as well. We are also restoring the front and back bars from O’Connell’s in Norman in the basement. How’s that for being green and reusing something! We purchased the carpet in Dallas last week. The “pit stop” bathroom has stainless steel tread plate as a wainscot with three rows of license plates from all 50 states around the room. The sink is mounted in a 50 gallon drum and the cabinets are Gladiator garage storage units – evoking a true “man cave” feel.
Finally, Hayes Electric, has been working to get the lights all hooked up. The photo on the right shows the lights in the formal dining room. They have installed 67 Cree CR6 LED can lights. The LED stair lights are amazing – the lights themselves as well has the trim carpentry that was done by Marco’s crew. Marion Moore of Taos Tin Works has finished creating three pendant lights for the kitchen island, two sconces for the powder bathroom and two sconces for the formal living room.