As we are closing out this project, we have taken the wraps off of our custom designed Caesarstone sinks. Part of a line of furniture called EasyIncline, these sinks are custom made based on our own specifications and dimensions. People usually ask us, “where is the drain?”, well, its hidden away in one of the seams on the right.
One more week and we are at final inspection! Our wonderful client will move back in to their totally transformed house. We just had the kitchen counters and glass handrails installed this week. The “J” shaped kitchen was really a major challenge, but they got it right and we couldn’t be happier with it. Next week: mirrors and stainless steel panels around kitchen, then we can start peeling back all the protective layers to reveal the real finished product. The anticipation is immense!
New updates for Sea Colony! Below we see the kitchen island getting further fleshed out with under counter cabinetry that will house sinks and storage space.
All the kitchen cabinetry and appliances are being consolidated and laid out prior to final installation.
Below is a view from the island to the staircase foyer area.
The construction of the staircase involved careful craftsmanship.
On the second floor the tiling in the master bath’s shower is complete and the custom DBA designed sinks have been installed above floating IKEA cabinetry that accent the tiling.
The sinks are Pure White Caesarstone- an elegant material for virtually any setting, but bathrooms in particular.
Below the Duravit Blue Moon circular tub happily echoes the existing circular window that overlooks the beach.
Above: the view from the master shower
Above: the bathtub and master sink. The tub will be flanked with white acrylic panels and the top face will be lined with elegant teak slats for a polished finish.
Below: the same tiles and sink are applied to a smaller second floor bathroom.
One last look- we’re so close!
Here’s a quickie for Sea Colony- the dramatic kitchen island is well on its way with a flexible framing track and some pliable sheets of poplar.
The curve is created by using a flexible metal (typically galvanized steel) track for use with metal studs. The shaped track is held in place by hammering down tabs in each link of the track. These systems have a bridging and spacing device in which each stud comes with a designated hole in order to run the conduit for electrical wiring or another metal bracket for reinforcing lateral bracing.
The remodel at Sea Colony is continuing steadily. This week the wood flooring is being installed as well as the bathroom cabinetry. The fireplace in the master bedroom has been finished with a gray matte porcelain tile, as seen below:
The flooring is being applied to the living room below. Gluing is a common installation method when using engineered strips of wood floor over a concrete sub-floor. Here they are spreading a three-plank width of glue over the floor with a notched trowel. They press the edge of the trowel downward so that the teeth scrape the floor to ensure the proper glue thickness. Then they rotate the trowel to transfer an overlapping quarter-circle pattern onto the floor:
The concrete sub-floor has to be clean and even in order to avoid “popping” which is when the bond of the glue breaks loose in a low spot and that section becomes detached from the sub-floor.
Above the starter board is placed against an expansion gap spacer on the adjacent wall with the grooved edge either on the chalk line or butting against the wall spacers. The board gets pressed back and forth sideways to bed it into the glue. Then the second plank gets laid the same way and the tongue gets fed into the end groove of the starter board. In the image above a dead-blow hammer is used to deliver a light blow on the other end of the board to seat the tongue into the groove.
Above: The finished floor awaiting the trim to meet the drywall. Below: The trim is measured and cut on site.
In the master shower below the Caesarstone bench will appear as a floating volume that pops from the darker wall and floor tile that has yet to be placed.
These images show the bathroom cabinets that sit below the sinks have been installed according to the drawings.
The tub deck in the smaller bathroom is finished with Pure White Caeserstone- the same used for the shower bench in the master bath.