Christmas in Key West
Presents from Italy arrive in time for the holidays.
This Old House TV: Key West house project
As our project in Key West rushes to completion, the wheels of industry are spinning their way towards the jobsite. Orders placed many weeks ago have yielded truckloads of finely made boxes that must hit Fleming Street in time for the cameras to document their installation.
One truck is due in from Savannah, Georgia, where the craftsmen at Savannah Millworks have built an entire library to homeowner/architect Michael Miller's specifications. The company helped out during our 1996 Savannah project with custom doors for Mills and Marian Fleming's house, and we had kept them in mind as a good place to turn to for high-quality millwork. Expanded recently to include a cabinet-making facility, the company took our rush order in stride and was able to turn around all the boxes, baseboards, doors, shelves and elaborate moldings in about two weeks rather than the normal four to five. Built of solid maple and maple veneer plywood, the library will be finished on site in a dark cherry stain.
From a bit farther away comes another shipment of boxes--quite literally a shipment. Created in a highly automated Italian factory between Milan and Lake Como, Michael and Helen's new cherry kitchen, vanity, closet system and bed nearly filled the 20-foot container that swung aboard the container ship "Success" at the port of La Spezia. Twelve days and some 5000 miles later, the cabinetry cleared Miami customs February 24 and hit Route 1 South, bound for a just-in-time delivery at our old Conch Captain house on Fleming Street.
It promises to be quite a breath of modernity. Made by the same company that brought the custom closet system to our Watertown project, the kitchen features aluminum-framed wire-glass cabinet fronts and frosted-glass doors, the bed is sleekly contemporary, and the closet system sports the name Atmosfera.
It'll be Christmas on Fleming Street soon.