Construction Update #8

 This view is from the jetty under the castle and shows the villa just above the town center

This view is from the jetty under the castle and shows the villa just above the town center

 This image was taken from the same spot as above with a zoom lens

This image was taken from the same spot as above with a zoom lens

I just returned from my most recent visit to Lerici.  These trips are all too brief, and are a whirlwind of meetings with local building trades and artisans.  While there is a lot of activity, it is difficult to document progress in pictures.  The apartment is now filled with material, including furniture and appliances wrapped in plastic.  The final painting and finishing is in progress.  I had hoped to see the kitchen finished, but unfortunately the granite counter has not been delivered.  Until the counter is in place the sink and cooktop remain in boxes.  While I was there the interior doors were installed and are stunning, they are solid chestnut wood.  The exterior walking surfaces are mostly complete, paved with a natural light-colored stone.  The shutters were delivered and installation will be complete in a few days.  Next up are railings pillars and gates.

 Hand painted tiles and sink - I hope the giant squid is not too intimidating...

Hand painted tiles and sink - I hope the giant squid is not too intimidating...

Signor Pagani is completing the installation of the interior doors.  He is an old world craftsman working alone in a shop his father started using hand tools and techniques handed down to him.  These doors are constructed of solid chestnut wood.