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Berlin+Opsal Residence :: Dallas, TX - Part 3

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COPING WITH CONTRACTORS

pool_coping.jpgPool coping went in this past week. Riverbend Sandler Pools have been fantastic. On time and on budget with almost every piece of the puzzle. We can’t wait to get it plastered and filled with water.

DEMOLITION DERBY

demolition.jpgkessler_woods_phaseiii.jpgDemolition has started on the old apartment complex that sits adjacent to Kessler Woods. These guys made quick work of taking down the rather large array of old units. The area will become Kessler Woods Phase III with garden homes, town homes, lofts and commercial/office spaces.

TIME TO GET WET

wettub.jpgThe new WET tub is in place and the tile guys just finished grouting the master bath. More pictures to come after we get the cabinets set. In the mean time, check out WET. And on a related note, the pools guy set tile this week and should be back out next week to get everything finished up. We’re inching closer and closer to completion.

THE PROGRESS OF DECOMPOSITION

coretensteel_update.jpgDay 65 and it’s starting to take shades. The corten steel continues to patina along the front of the home and the back side. It’s slowly starting to work its way inward from the edges of the sheets. It has kind of a humorous flame-stitch pattern to it right now, but a few more rainy weeks and it should all start to fill in.

LET’S GO GREEN

kessler_nolandscape1.jpgkessler_landscape_b.jpgkessler_landscape_a.jpgLandscaping in the front of the house has started with a beautiful full row of liberty holly trees that will be groomed into a perfect rectangular shape over time. The holly will provide a year-round screen of deep deep green color and privacy for the front of the home. Outside of those are four gorgeous cedar elm trees for additional privacy during the spring, summer and fall. They’ll bloom with vibrant green buds in the spring and turn to a fiery yellow in the fall just before losing their leaves.

MATERIALS PALETTE

color_palette_11.jpg   color_palette_2.jpg    color_palette_3.jpg Exterior and interior color and materials palette 

ARBOR DAY CAME EARLY

liveoak_1.jpg liveoak_2.jpg liveoak_31.jpg  Our new trees got some nice big holes to sit in today. Two beautiful new live oaks. One in the front lawn area flanking the flatwork around the pool, the other is set on the back side of the house just off of the driveway. Thanks to Dad Berlin for tagging such beautiful trees and to all the hard work and big digging from the guys at Fannin Tree Farms in Frisco, these new live oaks have a happy new home. 

SET TO BE STAINED

downstairs_cabinet.jpg downstairs_cabinet_2.jpgThe downstairs main cabinetry work is almost finished. It’s a massive module of rift cut white oak that will be finished off in a deep ebony colored stain. The front side houses the AV equipment and entertainment materials, the reverse side conceals the refrigerator and ovens. Stayed tuned for more images once the painters do their thing.

CORTEN STEEL UPDATE

rusting_metal.jpgIt’s been about 45 days since the installation of the corten steel. The southwest side of the home, the first to go up, is starting to develop a nice patina. Rainy days become a welcome state when trying to weather the exterior of the house.

CABINET INSTALLATION

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Kitchen cabinets showed up onsite this week. The cabinets look amazing. The kitchen cabinets are a paint grade MDF and will be finished in a light slate gray finish with matching counter tops. The upstairs cabinets will be painted to match. A large kitchen was a must for Amy and I. This one measures in at 20×20 with over 70 square feet of counter space.