Several weeks ago we took these pictures, but then life intruded (chemo infusions and travel to Australia) and I haven't had a chance to put these up until now. This is the infamous Jones valve. It allows us to take non-potable water from a fire hydrant rather than using the increasingly expensive and unreliable water truck. (That was pumping water from a lower fire hydrant!) We now have water from the water system, but it seems like it has taken forever (actually it did take over a year). Water is vital for the next phase of construction -- pouring concrete!
That crazy pipe hanging in the sky is actually a pipe for pouring concrete. The contractor standing at the table is checking to make sure the concrete goes in the right places. Although the table is handy, it has ended up over the edge of the precipice more times than once. The winds can be fierce on the top of that ridge. I wonder if we will get waves in the pool from the strong winds. But the breezes should cool the house down nicely in the spring and fall when we have the windows open.
This picture gives a better view of the concrete pouring truck. That arm is long enough to put concrete almost anywhere on the property. I am glad that we have professionals doing that as I certainly wouldn't like to be pushing wheelbarrows of concrete into retaining walls. In fact, though we are handy enough to replace a faucet or troubleshoot a washing machine, I'd rather not take on any of the large construction jobs. In one spot in the great room we have a forty feet steel beam that needs to be placed. I want lots of machinery and skilled contractors to take on that job.
Here are the last of the retaining walls. Theoretically speaking this is not a retaining wall, but rather the footing of the master bathroom foundation. It just happens that we need to lift the final floor about six feet up before we get to the true floor level. Still, even standing down here we are finally getting a true feel for the size and scope of the finished construction. Yes, our master bath is bigger than the master bedroom. When you only need a bedroom to sleep, then this makes perfect sense.
The space at the end is for the two toilets and the large space to the right is actually two closets. The bedroom starts right at the turn on the left hand side.
Now there is a lot more finished than you see here. While we were in Australia, they started pouring the final foundation. The plumbers and electricians were busily digging trenches for any of their conduits that needed to be under the foundation before they did the final pour. At each step we re-evaluate everything that has been done or is about to be done. Although changes can be made at any step, we'd rather not waste money by tearing up anything that has been built. This means staying in constant communications with the contractors to remind them of any little changes that have been made (but maybe not communicated to the workers on site). It also mean thinking ahead to the next phases. Making changes before they build is always the best policy. So far everything is according to specs and we are absurdly happy about how this is going. We can't wait to move in!