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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Structure and Infrastructure

Welcome to a view of "The Cabin" as we approached on the road, on a great sunny day on Wednesday Feb 24.

The guys are working on our place outside and in. Here are some views of the boards going up on the exterior walls, in preparation for adding the narrow battens...

We have a new roof over our entry door, a shed roof (the post is a temporary one... Chris is looking into milling a post for us from the one mature healthy white cedar we had to take down for this project...).


Here is a stack of pine boards for the roof beneath the entry as well as the soffits on the north end of the building...
Here is the underside of the entry, pine boards in place...

Speaking of soffits, the nice looking salvaged larch that was milled for boards for our interior ceiling is also being used for the exterior soffit over the deck on the E, W and S sides.
Here's a stack...

...and some of the soffit boards in place...

The exterior walls are kind of complex. The primary structure is a SIP (structural insulated panel) with 8.5 inches of expanded polystyrene foam insulation, with 2.5 more inches of the pink stuff (extruded PS) over that, then a wrap, then this funny black stuff...

...which we call gorilla mesh, for its resemblance to gorilla fur. This stiff plastic mesh is stapled on the exterior wall and holds the final layer, the pine board siding, out a bit from the wrap and foam so the boards can breathe and rain can run down behind them and not pool. This helps the wood siding last longer and not rot, we are told.

Inside, this is our new boiler. It hangs on the wall!

Here are pipes that will carry heat to the bathroom wall...

Our domestic water heater is in, with space left nearby for a solar thermal water tank for when we install our solar thermal panels sometime this spring or summer, to supplement our propane fired water heater and get some hot showers for the price of sunshine (and the investment in the panels etc.)

The in-floor heat is amazing! Val's checking out the temp, just barely feels warm to the touch with the thermostat at 65 for the plaster guy to work, but the whole place is nice and comfortable. Here's to passive solar heat from those upstairs windows, and thick walls!

And speaking of plaster, our interior walls are sheetrock with a layer of American Clay plaster. These are some of the ceilings that have been completed...


A window awaiting plaster that will, we hope, be nearly as bright blue as that tape!


Here's a big bucket of thick terra-cotta colored clay for our first floor bathroom...
...the first swipe of color on the wall, still wet...

...the Mistress Bath wall with one of our tiles. The clay is now dry and looks quite a bit lighter in color, don't you all think?

...and here is a view of the walls of the bath. This bath will also have lots of bright blue tile and will look like you just got off the plane in Puerto Vallarta...

Bags of clay ready to be mixed with water and pigment and spread around...
Just can't get enough shots of the south bank of windows upstairs!

...and you turn around to see the loft and all those nice timbers... That's Doug fir flooring awaiting installation...
Here is a shot of the doorway entering from the stairwell into the kitchen and "great room."

The Pantry... awaiting the necessities of life... and you all know what that means... The single malts will be stored on the left...

And basically no blog entry on "Kathy and Val's New World" would be complete without a photo of that 110 mile view of the far shore of Madame Superior, as seen from our living room. Ahhh!

1 comment:

  1. Stumbled across your blog surfing Google images...nice house! I work I'm a general contractor and everything looks great. Ya'll have fun up North.

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