Wednesday, December 21, 2011


We thought we would leave you with some final images as we hand over the home to the Watts family – it has been a home that we have all become quite attached to as we have worked together with the highest expectations of all involved and the tightest of schedules to create something really special!

If the response to the showhome opening is any indication – I think it was mission accomplished.

A secure and welcoming entry

View to the pool

That marvelous kitchen

Cool and classical tones

The stunning Master Bath Suite

Views from the Master (above and below)

Outdoor entertaining at it’s best

That O so welcoming pool!

View from across the canal

A final thanks from Neil, Tami and Shayne to the Watts family, and to all our subcontractor friends and partners. And a special thanks to all who have followed our progress on the Phoenix Group Showhome 2011 project – Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


The public arrives on Showhome day! The showhome vendors and subcontractors have displays set up across the road.

Tami’s scale model of the home adorns the black granite kitchen counter.

The buffet overlooking the step down into the Livingroom

Beautiful mahogany treads by “The Machine Shop” finish the Phoenix- fabricated steel stair system that leads first to the bedroom wing and then up to the Home Office and Media Room.

The public enjoys exploring the main circulation areas of the home, including the fantastic kitchen.

The light-filled master bedroom is one of the home’s highlights

One half of the bright and beautiful Master Bathroom – note the bathroom samples board on the counter to illustrate the design process in pulling a dynamic room like this together.

More highlights of the home tomorrow.

Friday, December 2, 2011


70 guests coming tonight at 7:30 – got to have it complete! The cleaners are here, paintings being hung; furniture still arriving....everyone is still smiling!

The grass is cut – final touchups happening around the home - we are just over 5 months and three weeks since we broke ground. Time flies when you are having fun!

Lets get comfortable around the pool

A few nice spots to settle. The aluminum trellis looks sensational!

Final touches on the waterfront side

We will be rolling this out of here on Monday. What a great team!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


....because everywhere in the home final touches are being applied!

It was late afternoon yesterday when the concrete for the driveway arrived but the conditions were perfect for a good concrete pour – cool and slightly wet – and sometimes more than slightly......the guys were troopers last night. Note how we have protected the exterior surfaces of the home with plastic sheeting.

The finished driveway this morning – the concrete has a slightly beige tone added at the mixing plant.

While we are talking about concrete, you will have to see the beautiful finish of the polished exposed- aggregate countertop of the outdoor kitchen! This will be treated with a stone penetrator to keep it sealed. Have to see this in person.

The custom aluminum doors to the pool equipment and the boat equipment storage areas are now installed. Nice, clean and weatherproof.

The trellis system has started to arrive at the jobsite and will be moved into position on the home by hydraulic crane. We are all excited to see what this looks like on the house!

Back inside, Audiophile is running through the complex install options with the homeowner Brad. The rack across from them will contain a large power amp and two complex multi-zoned Audio/Video receivers that operate the multiple outdoor speakers, the multiple HD screens downstairs and the dynamic 3D surround sound home theatre in the next room. There will also be room for the security system and the operables for the multi-camera CCTV system.

Got some Owners Manuals to read Brad!

The 60” 3D screen is installed along with 3 Dynamics wall speakers - add a free standing subwoofer and rear mounted ceiling speakers and the sound will rival a commercial theatre.

The future is here – the touch screen remote control – an almost endless array of options and far more intuitive than you might imagine.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Here we are opening access for the water to flow into the waterfall feature.

Music will also flow around the pool through these unique weatherproof “rock” speakers.

Colored concrete is due to arrive later today for the home’s driveway.

Back inside, Audiophile is beginning the hookup of all the home’s audio and visual systems into the rack – more on this later.

This is our first look at the beautiful interior doors with their hardware affixed. A stunning combination with the grey/beige carpet in the bedrooms.

You can start to see how the carpet and doors will transition into this amazing Master Shower – great teamwork from Tami at Icon and Sherrill at Woods.

The kitchen pantry shelving is installed – loads of easy access storage.

On my way out I noticed how nicely the plugged and seeded areas around the side of the home are coming in – you can see the grass seed pushing up through the plugs. Another week of sun and water and this area will be predominantly green – all in the space of less than three weeks.
A cost-effective alternative to sodding the entire home site.

Friday, November 25, 2011


We are down to the final week and all is tracking according to schedule. We are prepping and painting the aluminum pergola/Trellis elements through the weekend and will be installing those on Tuesday.

Richard from Phoenix polishes and preps the trellis for the paint shop.
A section of the trellis with primer applied.

The washer and gas-fired dryer have arrived

Five flat screens – Audiophile will be installing these along with the integrated speaker system. More on that next week.

Kyle of Ironshore Contractors begins the installation of the bamboo flooring in the Livingroom - it is a three-step process when installed correctly (when you are starting with a perfectly level floor, as we are here). First the floor must be meticulously cleaned and then a layer of Urethane Membrane is applied to the concrete floor as a moisture barrier – this is critical in ground-floor applications. That is the surface that Kyle is kneeling on in the picture. You can see him here applying the urethane-based glue to the prepared floor.

Note the clamp and strapping system used to ensure a tight fit between the floorboards

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Lots of great stuff happening!

Justin Uzzell from Cayman Free press photographs the very happy Watts family for the Showhome Supplement which we will appear in the Caymanian Compass next Wednesday. They are two weeks away from moving into their new home – in time to decorate for Christmas – what could be better?

The closet materials arrive from AL Thompson. Super products at a great price – more to come when we have everything assembled.

The fully irrigated planter box under the Master Bedroom windows are now planted – looks even better from the inside! Phoenix has fabricated in-house some really special aluminum doors for the pool equipment and boat storage openings below – this will all come together beautifully.

You have to love this sleek Thermador hood – quiet and powerful.

The Master shower is going to be very dramatic and full of light. This makes a great “before” picture – check back in for the “after”

Exotic gas-fired Tiki Torches from Home Gas will light the pool area with natural flame – and all tied in to the extensive below ground supply that fuels the AC system, the gas dryer, the kitchen range, the on-demand water heater, and the outdoor cooking units. One tank buried in the front garden supplies all these elements!

The pool area is starting to develop some character. Just wait until we add the beautiful aluminum trellis system that wraps the home (see below). We just want to pull up a deck chair!

The Phoenix crew is off painting a completed section of the trellis in another Phoenix workshop. This pergola, once installed, will require no maintenance by the owner and can be covered in climbing vines without worry about rot or repainting. This element will grace the front of the home, cover the outdoor kitchen and run down to the dock. We will be doing installs this weekend so check back for more photos.