Beachin Mod

A blogspot dedicated to the development (and now enjoyment) of a modern beach cottage on the Florida panhandle. This site will take you along my stumbling path of what it takes to build a simple, modern, affordable, and green beach cottage in Laguna Beach, FL near Panama City Beach as well as some insight on the many other distractions and diversions in my life.

Monday, November 05, 2007

OK. I know its been while. But life can htrow some curveballs and provide one with so many opportunities. Yet, the Casa de Maraposa continues to make head way. I am posting some new photos here. Some of the changes to the originally planned materials are use of stucco instead of Hardi-plank. This change is a result of my builders doing a damn good job of convincing me it was the way to go. Due to the additional strapping needed on the exterior of the house to meet windload codes, they were concerned that there would be (without furring the entire exterior), irregularities in the siding. Therefore, I decided to go along after reviewing some stucco finishes that I like. Although, it did not come out to the exact desired finish I requested, it does add a very clean look to the exterior and the the stucco guys did a good job. I believe we cam in with less cost than the Hardi as well besides the fact that again, there was minimum waste developed on site. Far less than would have been with Hardi and with a lot less airborne fiber dust as well.

I may be jumping to far ahead but the Transcon Steel ( build envelope ended up going together mostly as planned. There were some learning curves for us and some supplier issues. But our guys got through it and it is a very strong and very tight building envelope. I would use this steel and foam panalized system again on the right application.

The glazing has been installed and the slider windows look and work great. These are all hurricane impact rated windows with Low E glass made by a subsidary of Anderson windows. Only the front and rear door openings are not hirricane rated as they would have been REALLY expensive so these will get sliding barn doors for security from both hurricanes and sketchy people.

The galvalume roof is on and the complete interior is framed with all utilities roughed in. There is still some corrugfated siding to finish on the exterior. This and the interior sheet rock is going in this week.

The pool is being completed and we are beginning to put together ideas for the landscpaing and fhe required privacy fence.

The birch cabinets have been ordered today for the kitchen, bar, and bath vanity. The subway tile for the shower has also been selected. Most of the lighting package has also been selected. Appliances are being shopped.

I hope to have more updates for you soon. Here are a few photos that depict my missing entries lately and I hope to provide more frequest updates as we begin the finishing phases.