Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cottage 6- Below the Line - Barryville, NY

Since the Owner of Cottage 6 makes his living on the big screen, I thought it was apt to use a movie analogy for this post. In movies, 'below the line' are all the people behind the scenes, like camera men, grips, sound, production, etc... "Above the line" are those more visible such as the actors and the directors, etc... These photos could be considered 'below the line', since they are the unsexy elements that happen before the finishes that everyone sees. But as with many things, what happens behind the scenes is as important if not more than what occurs in plain view.

The Owner of Cottage 6 wanted a stained glass window for an area inside the house that looks out onto the back yard and receives a bunch of mid-afternoon sunlight. So, as I mentioned, we drove to Scranton PA, home Old Good Things (a massive salvage yard) to scan our options. The Owner selected the above old school stained glass mosaic of King David to define his march up the staircase.
This photo highlights what will be the steam room/shower combo in the upstairs bath. Flip a switch (or, since we have passed the '90's), push a button, sit back on the tile bench, and steam away.

Here's Lisa, a new addition to our team, surveying the stain glass with a wary eye. She is standing in the basement/ground floor room that will someday be a very hot media room, with surround sound and other fast amenties (like electric and cable).



The Owner opted in for a fair amount of exterior stonework, and what you see here is the first step of stoning the chimney. First you set up the scaffolding, than apply wire mesh, then apply a 'scratch' coat of mortar, then the stone, when it arrives. We are stoning the fireplace, and the entire exterior foundation.
On Friday we have our 'rough-in' inspection, meaning the building inspector comes round and inspects our wiring, our framing, and our plumbing. The electric also gets inspected by an independent electrical inspector, and with the plumbing, we cap off the plumbing and heating pipes on both ends, and apply 10 lbs of air pressure, and then leave it sit for a few days in order to detect any potential leaks. If the pressure stays static, we are good to go, which is the way we like it.