Wednesday, November 28, 2007

outside / inside

Outside Tim stains the T&G cedar that will clad the exterior above the strawbales. Inside, the coffee cup belies the fact that we have no heat. (It may be colder inside than out.) The T&G pine that makes up the window sill will match the T&G pine on the vaulted living / dining / kitchen ceiling.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Spent part of the Thanksgiving holiday cleaning up the concrete floors and preparing them for staining with ferrous sulfate. Christie gets the unenviable job of cleaning the dirt and straw out of the saw cut control joints. I refamiliarized myself with a heavy duty mop and bucket. Lots of chalk lines, pencil marks, straw, mud and sap to clean up.

Friday, November 16, 2007

fun with kitchens...

While our house is under tarps awaiting its scratch and brown coat of stucco, here's a shot of our proposed IKEA cabinet layout. Our ceiling is vaulted so things aren't exactly as shown here - but use your imagination and you can almost see it. In other news, we've found a plasterer for the exterior of our house and with a little luck they may begin working as soon as Thanksgiving week.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


As a direct result of our framers unwillingness (and inability to pull off) anything out of the structural ordinary, framing schemes were dumbed down - and more than a few 6x8 beams were left unused. We have been installing them in the bookshelf hallway. They'll act as headers for the barn door track and hardware. The barn doors will slide open over the bookshelves.