Mid June 2019 – Six Months!

The beat goes on at Sundancer!

There is a link to a video I shot this afternoon at the bottom.

Since my last post some neat advances have been achieved. Importantly, the masons framed and poured a short retaining wall between the house and the driveway. (We just decided to call it the “Arcade”!) After the second pour of the side walk, this creates the area at the bottom of the staircase and extends the full width of the house. Recall there are two entrances on the lower level. One enters the eastern bedroom and the other opens into a small entry with doors to the second bedroom/bathroom, the laundry/utility room and into a private storage/workroom.

In addition, footings were poured to support many of the nearly 30 posts that will support the extensive decking that will nearly surround the house and the pool.  Remember, in STJ – OUTSIDE is the place to be!

As soon as those forms were stripped Rob began working on a small deck off the master bathroom which serves the roofed shower for that bathroom with a sunrise view!

Master shower

Also a roof which protects the entrance of the lower level east side bedroom. Just yesterday he and his crew finished the deck and roof of the large deck outside of the our  main entrance.

 

He also installed an interim staircase which is in the same configuration as the future permanent staircase.

staircase

Today, they started the deck framing on the view side which will be 5’ deep and spans the full width of the house on both levels. (About 100 feet of decking! All covered.) They had to splice and bolt 6 X 6 posts together to create the needed 25 foot height to extend from the concrete lower columns up two stories to the deck roof level.

See the video link posted at the end for good detail.

In the meantime the masons are here again and finally working on the pool. I think the photo speak for itself! They will also build forms for the remaining deck post supports on the view side of the pool.  (I asked them today if I could start filling the pool?)

pool form 1

On the interior, “real” plumbers last week corrected my many mistakes on the sewage, drain and venting systems after I removed my faulty work and got my supply pipes out of the way for them. It took about a day and a half, so not so bad. Afterwards I reinstalled the supply pipes and, as is standard, the pipes are all capped off and pressurized to the maximum water pressure of our pump (50 pounds). The plumber I hired insisted on adding another 50 pounds of air pressure with the compressor “just to be safe”. I held my breath and did that and by Jove, it held and is still holding!

Got both plumbing and electrical permits and I plan to to call for an inspection on both next week so that I know what has to be corrected.

As a total aside, I had an interesting discovery while here. From late January through late May we have had close to zero rainfall and the trees and bushes lost all of their leaves and the island was dry, brown and dull. We had nearly a week of daily rain about three weeks ago and since then all of the leaves have returned and the Island is suddenly a bright springtime green.  How refreshing!

I have realized that after all of these years, Carol Ann and I have never been here at this time of year and never witnessed the annual change of color and the abundant color from wild flowers all over the place that come after that first rain. Everything from wild orchids to numerous vines. Very pretty!

As another brief aside.  Nearly all of the traditional wooden utility poles on STJ are being replaced with high tech fiberglass poles and a firm from Missouri has been on Island for over a year replacing them.  They are currently working on our little road and late today, they lifted our pole into place.

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Recall this will replace the wonderful pole next to it that bent over to capture our fast exiting hot tub on September 7, 2017!

Hot Tub

The beat goes on!  Here is a link to a Video update I took today.

Bob Faucett from out of the office.

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Author: Bob Faucett

Bob and wife, Carol Ann own Sundancer Villa in Fish Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

4 thoughts on “Mid June 2019 – Six Months!”

  1. WOW! Lots of progress! I bet it’s really exciting for all of you! I’m sure future hurricanes will never faze this house!!! Anxious to see the finished product – it’ll be fast from now on, I bet. Thanks for keeping us posted. Lotsa love to you both. ~D&B~

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