See how renovations at the White House are progressing

Oval office renovation

It is the nerve center of American power.

The West Wing - which President Donald Trump has denied calling "a dump" - is being gutted during the revamp.

A Secret Service agent checked on the Oval Office of the White House.

A worker reaches out of a window during renovation work at the White House in Washington on August 11, 2017.

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But for a week now, the West Wing has been one big construction site. In their place are painters, plumbers and construction workers.

The tour included a stop in the Oval Office, its wall covered in plastic and the traditional carpet removed, exposing tricolor parquet floors.

President Donald Trump is enjoying a 17-day working vacation with members of his family at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course estate. His close aides have temporarily moved to the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The main goal of this summer's work is to update the creaking air conditioning system.

It's not often you see cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats at the White House but with Trump away for two weeks, the government is spending $3.4 million to renovate as much of the people's house as possible. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets. The paint project costs taxpayers $275,000.