We acknowledge our great construction team:
- Architect/general contractor: Tad Grodzki, RA of GranDesign Studio, Inc. (email@example.com).
- Construction manager/general contractor for the project from start to close-in: Andrew Deschler of Classic Craftsmen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Interior construction finishes: Azteca (email@example.com).
- Interior design: Tad and Lynn Grodzki.
- Photos below in this post, and also a photo presentation (see by clicking): GranDesign Studio AIA package! Photos are courtesy of John Cole Photography (2017) and David Blecman (2016).
The house is a joy to inhabit and we plan to age in place!
The house is amazing: warm, spacious, fascinating, sculptural, full of views of tree tops and the park. We had a lovely celebration with friends for Lynn’s 65th Birthday and it generated some nice photos. (A big thank you to Ricardo for these great shots.) The house does like to party (and so do the owners)!
We are moving, despite the snow. We got our occupancy permit (!!) but we are still completing final work inside, with lots of retouching, extra painting and final punchlist items. See our progress photos below:
January 2016 update: As we celebrate New Years Day, we are racing against the weather to finish a number of projects and hoping to be able to get an occupancy permit in the next few weeks. Here is the the house so far.
Landscaping, finishes, permeable paver driveway, a new retaining wall / planter (ingenious idea from Tad) protecting the grade differential between our house and my Dad’s property, is complete! The cedar trellis on the upper sun deck is in place. The landscaping is complete.
Here are earlier pictures from November 2015: Much still is left to do, but each day brings exciting progress. The wonderful modern wood and glass front door (and separate in-law-suite door) were just installed.
Now the stone masons can come back to complete the front door, planter and walkway to give the front of the house its polished look. The porch and side steps are in and look wonderful and make for a great entry way.
The driveway is going in, carefully, with layers of gravel and brick. The back yard and all side yard doors are similar in look to the front door. Decking is being put in place. Our current crew, headed by the talented Daniel Bartolo, of Azteca Contractors, stopped for a well-deserved lunch break.
Inside, the wood floors are in place and stained but not yet sealed. The transparency of the rooms as they move around the 3-story atrium, filled with glass block, stairs and bridges, show the interior progress.
The kitchen is also in process and we are able to begin to peel back the blue film that covers all the cabinets to see their true colors (grey and yellow).
Inside, its all about the trim: starting some tile, hanging and staining doors, finishing staircases and trimming out windows. First coat of painting has occurred throughout most of the house, but then the drywall retouching quickly goes over the colors to perfect the walls.
In the foyer, this is the entry way wall of tile, mimics the stone on the exterior.
One big exciting finish is this piece of wall art, 8′ x 8′, commissioned for us from an artist in Michigan, hanging on the top floor of the atrium. Staircase and wall inserts with glass block are also getting done.
Kitchen is also getting finished, the Ikea cabinets and light fixtures are in. The film is still on the cabinets, colors are light grey brown and gold accent cabinet. Island will be accent wall in red. Yep, we are into strong earth-tone colors.
From Lynn: It’s been a fascinating month, watching the house come into shape as both the exterior and interior structure gets covered. Drywall is going up very fast inside; exterior stone veneer is in place and dryvit–a form of acrylic plaster– is going up and color is going on. We are now taking over as contractors for the interior and bringing in our subs, so lots of decisions, meetings, phone calls, purchases and coordination. Whew. Its a lot. See the exterior finishes below.
Stone veneer on the first floor, applied by master craftsmen.