Lumiere is definitely starting to feel more finished than unfinished at this point. The concierge no longer wears a construction hat, the fireplace is lit and in flame, and the elevator access panel is now fully open (as the photo above illustrates).
It was a much more comfortable experience going through the building on my last visit yesterday as the signs of construction were minimal on the main floor.
The lobby now has a gorgeous functional glowing fireplace, sleek modern furniture, ebony wood walls and very beautifully smooth, curved, porcelain tiles in accent areas along the walls.
The elevators do still have protective particle board coverings, because the penthouse levels are still not yet complete, though it is more or less starting to feel like a livable home. At least until a certain floor level…
And it was at the 23rd level that I felt like I was back in a construction zone again. Noisy drill bursts, uncarpeted hallways, construction workers with buckets, tools, brooms and equipment, exposed piping and electrical work in the hallway ceilings, plastic wrap on the suite doors, and all with dirt and dust everywhere.
The funny thing is that the 23rd floor is ready for occupancy, though it may require patience to live there for a few more weeks. And oddly, the 22nd floor seems light years ahead in terms of completion. What a difference a floor makes!
I’ll continue to keep you updated on the progress.