First, I'd like to comment on the effect of our poll on floor plans and shutters. It so happens that our decisions reflect the poll results. Floor Plan A and turquoise green wood shutters.
No, that's not our new restored kitchen shown above--but they are the cabinets (a design called Brava) we chose for the kitchen along with a cobalt blue stone top.
Before I go any further with the pictures of the wall demolition and other not-so-pretty items, we have another poll to take. I have a basic sea-based color scheme that is not up for debate but we have some indecision regarding the pavimento (floor) color. Here are the three floor choices shown along with the other house colors (the wall color will be pure blinding white).
The floor will either be 1) gold travertine marble
2) beige travertine marble
3) beige with gold inlays
Some other decisions had to be made when the walls came down. Our geometra and builder gave up on the old travi (wooden beams) because they are in such bad shape. They will remain beefed up with steel (hidden) and some new wooden beams and ceiling. Another recommendation was to replace the horrible steep stairway into the basement. It will be replaced with an open stairwell with iron balustrade. The following pictures show the new open "great room" and the beam supports so far. Doug took some great shots of the work in progress:
Walls coming down and the doorways enlarged
Removed old fireplace (a surprise, thought to put stove insert in old one), supports for weak beams going up :
Bathroom tiles, etc. removed:
Old Beams and ceiling and the process to strengthen them so our floor above will be properly supported:
New "great room" looking towards the bedroom and the sea. And our color inspiration: