I had an appointment this morning quite near Chateau Sheree so I thought as long as I was in the neighborhood I would swing by and see if there had been any progress since we checked in last November. The answer is yes and no. The good news for Sheree is that there were actual workers there today. I counted five guys piddling around on the outside of the house. But I am getting ahead of myself. I parked on the street behind the house and walked around because once again the house is at the intersection of two very busy roads and there is no place to stop safely. The photo above is taken from that street looking at the back corner of the house. Well, this house doesn’t really have corners, but you get the drift. Then I walked around to the house and took some pictures from outside the fence. Then, because I look really cute today, I walked up to the workers inside the gate and asked the one who spoke the best English if he knew when the house would be finished. He said he didn’t and that he was relatively new to the crew. I asked if any of the other guys would know and he said no, but that the builder would be there around noon. You’ll never believe what happened next…
I asked if I could go inside and he said SURE! He cautioned me to be careful and went back to work. And that boys and girls is how I found myself wandering all over the inside of Chateau Sheree! When I got in, I realized that the camera I brought with me only had memory for five pictures and I had already used them up. Rather than delete one, I opted to just tell you about it because the rooms are so big, the interior pictures would not show much. Here is what I saw.
When you walk in the huge doors above, there is a wide spiral staircase to take you up to the top floor. The house is three full stories. When you walk in you are on the second story. As you walk through the foyer, you walk into a large round room on the back of the house. The ceiling for that room goes all the way up through the third floor. It’s a very impressive room with lots of windows overlooking the backyard and a fireplace. There is a dome ceiling. I was really impressed. Also the backyard is a full story or more below and the house is sort of on a hill, the back yard is very steep and after the drop-off there is a small wooded area. Speaking of the back yard previous reports indicated that the back of the house was very close to neighbor’s property lines. It’s really just one side of the house that is close to the neighbors. The actual back of the house has a decent (but not large) distance to the property line. However, like I said, at least at present it is practically a cliff back there. there is no flat area for playing. There is enough area for a decent sized patio on the lowest floor.
Back to the main floor (2nd level). The house is all sheet rock and subflooring. It isn’t really easy to figure out what the many rooms are supposed to be. If you take the hallway to the right you walk right into a big bathtub perpendicular to the hallway. That room is roundish as well. The bathtub is dead center of the room with a wall behind it. So you can walk all the way around the tub. I had a hard time imagining where the vanities would go. Off the bathtub room to the right was a weird choppy room that also had a center wall. It’s shaped sort of like a pentagon. You could walk all the way around this room as well with what I assume is going to be shelving in the middle. I assume it is a walk-in closet. It sort of had nooks and crannies and although this room is roundish as well there were some odd flatish walls. At this point I walked back past the tub expecting the other side to be the master bedroom. If it is, it is quite small for a master. It’s hard to explain but the walk-in closet, really big bathroom and possible master bedroom take up the entire end of the very large house, but somehow the bedroom is small, perhaps even smaller than the huge bathroom. All three of those rooms are round but there is an oblong room between the master bedroom side and the bathroom. I sort of think the master bedroom might be two rooms sort of stuck together. I know I am not explaining this well but the house is so unfinished it is hard to tell what the plan is. The other end of the house on that floor is where I suppose the kitchen is, though it could just as easily be downstairs. I believe there is an area for a dining room on this level. There didn’t seem to be much else on that end of the house. Perhaps an office and a few closets.
The downstairs was huge and seemed even larger than the second story. This floor is at ground level and there is a garage with an entryway there. There were several rooms and this may be where the lieberry or the skating rink is. :) It seemed even less finished than the main floor. This could be where the kitchen is as well.
I walked up the spiral staircase and reached a hallway with no walls. There will eventually be railing of some sort on both sides so that you can look down on one side into the foyer and from the other you will see my favorite room, the huge round room with the really nice fireplace. If you have vertigo, you would not like the top floor it is very open. There are bedrooms on both ends. Again the ones to the right are all round the ones to the left are a mix of round and…let’s say “other shapes.” I was trying to hurry up and get out of there before the builder showed up so I headed back to the spiral staircase and it was then I realized how steep it was! There are no handrails at all and I have weak ankles that can go at any moment. I slowly made my way down and high-tailed it out of there without incident. I can see the headlines now “Blogger Falls to Her Death While Snooping Through Chateau Sheree” fllm at eleven.
Overall, the plumbing is not in. I saw two bathtubs and no sinks or toilets. There is no cabinetry in the kitchen, no islands, no appliances, nothing to indicate for sure where the kitchen will even be. The sheetrock was up pretty much everywhere and obviously the subfloor was down. I didn’t see any light switches but there were electrical cords running out the door to power the outdoor tools. Overall, I would say it will be at least six months before the house is finished and then there is a TON of landscaping to do.
So that’s my story about my visit to Chateau Sheree! Do you think it will ever be completed?