Construction is progressing, completion is expected this winter.
It's been about 3 months since my last visit. From the photos it is easy to see many changes taking shape. All the scaffolding has been removed, the stone work is taking center stage. The material around the first level is new, while the stone on the garden walls and walkways was saved from the previous house on the site. The sheer amount of stone work is amazing and will further enhance the natural setting that is evolving.
Most of the windows have now been installed. These are the wonderful "tilt-turn" type, that can swing open or told back for easy ventilation. The construction quality surpasses anything typically seen in the States.
I worked with the electricians to finalize the location of light fixtures and flush mounted stereo speakers. The kitchen lights are recently introduced hi-tech LED lights that have sensors to turn on, can be dimmed, and are adjustable from warn yellow to cool white - all controlled by touch pad or iPhone.
The tile artisan began delivering his finished pieces and will supervise their installation. He constantly surprises me with his added touches. Some of the bathroom tiles will be three dimensional, I saw one of a fish that seems to be swimming out of the wall.
One minor frustration was the plumbing finishes. With the construction delays, it seems that many of the bath fixtures I choose are now discontinued models. I spent hours pouring over specs and designs to make sure the function and design will be simple, high quality, and very durable (I specified only German components, which I have been using in my home for the last decade after the originals proved inferior).
We also found a very comfortable couch that folds out into a queen sized bed. It is on order, and will be ready for delivery mid January.
We received on piece of great news this trip. Fiber optic cable arrived in Lerici last month. Very shortly, reliable high speed internet will be a reality.
My next visit will be between Christmas and New Year.