As 2015 winds down, I wanted to look back on this project and see what went well, what didn't, and what is still left to do.
In Texas, one of the most important aspects of construction is planning for heating and cooling of the space.
Applying the concrete overlay was the last major piece of work to be done on the office project. Unlike stamping and staining, overlay has a different texture and allows precise matching of existing patterns.
After the retaining walls were finished and all of the stone was put up on the office walls and breezeway, there was still a lot of stone left, approximately 3 tons.
The stone on the retaining wall and the offices is now complete. Turned out beautifully.
Work has finally started on putting up the stone on the office buildings and building the new retaining wall.
Trimwork was added recently. The trimwork in the offices consists mainly of baseboards, crown molding, and door and window trim.
Ahu and I debated quite a bit about the material to use as flooring in the offices. She wanted stone from the beginning. I wanted hardwood in my office. However, after thinking about it, I realized that stone is the way to go.
Electricians came out and put in the wiring for data and electricity. The electricians ran two conduits from the house to my office.
Day two of framing is complete and all walls and the roof have been constructed. The office doors were delivered around noon and installed at the end of the day.
After weeks of slow progress, this week is seeing a lot of action. Framing started today and the walls are now up. Ahu and I were quite surprised at the full height of the buildings. It's one thing to see a blueprint or a mockup render but seeing it in person is entirely different.
Today all concrete for the foundation was poured. All of the concrete tiers are, essentially, one large, monolithic pour. The concrete truck parked in the street and the crew brought in a very long hose to the site. One of the contractors had a remote control which turned concrete delivery on and off - very convenient.
All of the groundwork is complete and forms for the poured concrete foundation are now in place.
Connecting a new patio to an older patio is always a challenge. There is a bit of height differential between the existing pool deck and the breezeway between the offices. A step was necessary but deciding what shape the step would take, where it would go, and so on was a lengthy debate.
The house we live in was built in 1974. There are many traces of residents past; many years of other families living life and seeing their own visions become reality.
This sturdy old shed was well-used. We found a phone line, cable, and a solid work bench inside. Unfortunately, it had to be removed to make space for our new offices
Moving to Westlake, Texas has been great. We love everything about living here. However, we have been missing our old home office quite a bit. In Illinois we had a fantastic home office in the basement. It was large, warmly decorated and furnished, had bright but dimmable lighting in addition to lots of natural light, and there were a bunch of gigabit Ethernet ports. As fast as wireless networks are now, nothing beats a hardwired connection to move large video files from your workstation to your NAS. Having a dedicated office space also helps keep work separate from family life. Our kids generally stayed upstairs so there were few interruptions even when they were home from school.