Posted on Thu, 18-Oct-2018Fri, 13-Dec-2019 by pamAlta Vista 2018 The architect and the first wall. We will wake up to this view in master suite. WOW! Hot air balloon checks out the new construction. We spend our evenings and weekends building the interior stair. We created a landing with a north window – a view of the mountains. Lower stairs are set at 15% angle as this is transition from main house to garage/second floor on a curved site. Second step extended for a seat towards coat closet. We also installed the balcony railing and Trex decking. We ate many of our lunches here during construction! Friends came for the weekend and helped us paint. Incredible! We were so tired from the priming coat on everything, 2 coats on ceiling and walls. Another weekend, friends came and helped us assemble and install the IKEA kitchen. Atlas Shrugged! Power Girl! We sooo appreciated their enthusiasm and experience. This was all the kitchen packaging – yikes! A few trips to the Transfer Station to recycle it. Friends helped us move in and it was over in less than 2 hours! There are still doors to be hung but for now, we have a cup of java and enjoy this milestone moment. IKEA Kallarp gray turquoise kitchen with Kashmir Granite. Front of island has door panels of IKEA Besta Laxviken – also used on built in in dining room. J & J (link to their photos) came for 2 weeks and stayed for 4. They helped install the garage doors, finish kitchen cabinets, build the stair railings and installed bamboo floor. Much more fun to do together – and so much appreciated their dedication to helping us finish. The railing is black powdercoated “hog fence”, set in an aluminum channel and supported top and bottom with an oak rail. Our metal fabricator made the posts, then welded top plates in place – very sturdy railings. We made cardboard templates before cutting the hog fence. Took all four of us to get these made and installed! We found a very artistic landscaper who created this rock wall for us at the lake shore. Property had receding shore line so we wanted to not lose any more land. This is south facing for solar and maximum lake views. Brackets are for future photovoltaic panels. We love how rock wall undulates. Native Blue Grama Grass “Alma” is planted between patio and lake with future landscape beds on either side. Metal roof,trim, and wainscot, stucco walls, Milgard windows: North view from street with Xeriscaping in progress- lots of rock! We thank our contractor, all his subcontractors, and suppliers who made this house a reality! Our cozy sun filled main room with fabulous view of lake and mountains. Main floor is a polished natural concrete – slab on grade to maximize winter solar heat gain. The Alta Vista from the sunset balcony!