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Friday, April 2, 2010

Inside and Out

The inside and the outside of the cabin are shaping up beautifully. Here are some images from inside: the south wall of windows, with the clay plaster in a nice warm terra cotta color....
...the back wall of the loft, plaster still drying...

The copper kitchen sink has gone in... purchased in a second hand store...Chris came up with this really interesting way to suspend the open shelves we wanted for the north wall of the kitchen, where the stove will be. That's our vent hood in place...

The Zephyr vent hood is one of the first kitchen vent hoods to have an Energy Star rating, really key for us off grid. The lower our electricity use, the better.
...the upstairs bath sink, copper, too, from the same second hand store... and the counter is black porcelain tile. The tile looks gray here in the photo 'cause there wasn't enough light and my flash fired...You'll just have to come and see it in person to get the real effect.

The backsplash will be of hand-made tiles, made by Kathy in a tile class at the Bloomington Art Center. The design is identical to the cover of a wooden spice box that we picked up in a market on Zanzibar. Very exotic! The original box is still filled with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and dried chili peppers.

The bathroom floor tiles complement the spice tiles and the copper sink...

Downstairs, here are some shots of the finished deep blue bedroom walls and the timbers. This shelf unit for the corner also serves to cover up some utilitarian looking pipes. But those pipes are VERY important since that particular outdoor spigot is likely to be the source of water for....
THE HOT TUB!
....Blue and wood...
....the corner of the kitchen.... Note the creamy yellow walls...

Stacked and ready out in the garage are the pieces of the stairways, ready for assembly... Doug fir newel posts, boards for steps and stairwell skirting...

At the Hovland shop of Chris Norman, here are stacks of our Doug Fir milled and finished for the cabinet fronts, doors and drawer fronts as well as other inside millwork.

Stephen Holz, showing off his design of one of the custom doors for a closet that makes use of space beneath the stairs....

Outside, here are Chris, Kathy and Dean, who we hope to coax into taking on some of the outdoor work to bring our beat up road to tip top shape (more on that in a later post... oy vey...) and to help fine-tune the grading and landscaping of areas around the cabin and garage. As Dean would say, "If a guy wanted to put a patio in, this might be a nice spot." Kathy agrees.

We gave Dean an inside tour, too. He very much liked the color scheme... and was there some comment about the view?

Our copper post caps are starting to weather in interesting ways....

Here's a legion of cedar shakes, for the gables, lining up to be stained.

And Nate, busy staining!
One final shot, of Nick on the roof. We think he just likes to be up on the roof! Not a bad view from up there, right, Nick?

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