Day 66 [three days left!!]
This is our last week of construction! To make sure that we meet our goals, we have all decided to sacrifice some of our beauty sleep to get to site a little earlier each day. The teamwork and collaboration has been key among the unfinished projects in the house. The cedar boxes are complete! The entry bench is getting installed as we speak to finish the last of the interior wall cladding. Kristin and Seth are busy freezing their bums off to finish the bench and pavers for the patio. We have a fire blazing in a trashcan, but it makes little progress against the biting cold. Also out in the cold is the screen team, cutting the slope on the louvers.
nook desk view
In the kitchen, my favorite space in the house (I may be biased because of the time Meg, the cabinets, and I have spent together), is incredibly close to completion. We installed the last countertop yesterday, after mounting the sink (with under mount clips the company sent us) and installing the faucet. With a 15 degree tilt, a few heaves, and a lot of muscle we slid the counter into place—all the while managing to avoid those fingers! The shelves are complete with their 52 ply edge, and the lights have been installed and tested! The lights speak for themselves, they highlight the kitchen so well. we cannot thank Mark from MH Lighting in Denver enough! We received the handles for the fridge today and we expect to install the appliances on Sunday after the sealer. Today, Megan and I painted the glass backsplash with a gripping primer. We will install the glass with the help of a layer of Acryl Pro-a ceramic tile adhesive. Once the backsplash is installed, the handles are on all 18 of the drawers the kitchen will be officially complete! We also picked up a few mugs to hang under the shelves for Harvey and Hilda. We hope these details add a little bit more comfort to a new home.
We are all so excited to see this home to completion! Stay tuned!!!!
After a week off for Thanksgiving, Monday marked the start to the final week of construction on the Billjohn’s house. A final punch-list has been created, and this week will be spent checking off the remaining items.
looking west through the patio openings
looking west at bathroom shower wall and partition
group photo with Mark the lighting rep. and donor
As we head to the deadline, the division of teams working in the shop and on site has helped to further the progress of the house both in the interior and the exterior.
Starting with the bathroom, Greg has been working on the west wall and applying the tile getting to the first finish touch.
Meanwhile, also in the bathroom Megan and Lacy place one of the last pieces of OSB that will cover the bathroom walls.
Also the concrete counter top has been poured and is now curing in the bedroom next to the kitchen counter tops.
In the interior of the house, Iassen and Erica work together to clad the interior walls with ceder.
Also the last cote of plaster was placed throughout the house and now it is ready to have the cote of primer.
On the exterior, the patio slab was poured. The north walls were protected from the pouring by covering them with a temporary sheet of tyvek
As a storm approach, the clean slab needed to be protected and cover.
Also due to low temperatures and wind, it was decided that the slab was going to be fully cover to keep the heat and protected it form the elements.
On the mean time, in the shop, with the help of jigs and basic tools the per-assemblage of rainscreen continues.
The clips are attached and screwed to the slabs to have them ready for attachment to the aluminum cladding.
The final, process in attaching the panels to the house- as you can see, it has started!!!
Thursday was a bright, sunny and warm day that saw a lot of slow and steady progress.
We are getting to the point where a lot of finish work is going up and it is SO exciting. Just a few updates:
The underside of the patio roof is being clad with aluminum and it is looking great! Nice job Shawn and Amy.
Erica and Iassen are moving along with interior cedar cladding and it is making its way around the bathroom and bedroom boxes. All of the hard work is paying off. The reveal details and careful measuring and cutting make such a huge difference.
The bathroom tile has started going up. Nice work Greg! The structure for the shower partition and the bench are in place. The OSB, hardboard and gypsum are going up around the whole bathroom. Bathroom team is getting back on track.
The front door got new cedar trim and and took a great deal of sanding to get it looking like new again. Thanks to all who worked on that.
There is still so much more to come as on Friday we do our last coat of mud on the white walls and start priming the nook and living room. Our lighting consultant is scheduled to install fixtures Saturday and we are all looking forward to our generous lighting donation!
Day 54 of 71
76 % Completion
Yesterday marked a crucial turning point in the construction of the kitchen. After weeks of poking and prodding the cabinets and shelves, the concrete countertops are poured and curing as we speak! Finally we can stop maneuvering around bits and pieces of our kitchen because cabinets A, B, and C are securely installed. We ran into a few complications [or shall we say challenges?] when preparing the formwork for the countertops, but the stars seemed to align yesterday when teams of all sorts were –speed walking—around site to help finish the pour.
cabinets in place. melamine cut
thirteen ply baltic birch plywood
amy approves of the shelves
kristen + cabinet a
In the end the kitchen team chose to use a pea-gravel aggregate with the standard 3/2/1 mixture. We had poured samples of several more exotic mixtures, one using clear glass, one mixed with some white acrylic paint we had on hand, one highlighting a red sand. We had envisioned that the glass would begin to appear once the slab was grinded down. The glass particles may have been too large, but the uneven surface that the variety of aggregate and glass produced did not seem suitable to a clean cutting surface. The white paint, although while still curing seemed to lighten the concrete made little to no effect on the surface of the slab. And the reddish sand produced a warm textured slab, but chose to stay within the simple material palette. The gray sand that was sifted for the counters produces a subtle sparkle on the top slab. We can hardly wait another SIX days until we can release the formwork and unveil the kitchen’s countertops. We will conveniently have our instructor, Rick Sommerfeld on hand to help us [gently] heave the slabs into place. And then we will dance.
sittin’ poured + pretty
meg bringing the life back into concrete countertop b
the art of formwork
On another note, I saw this article today on ARCH RECORD. http://www.archdaily.com/447721/5-women-changing-the-face-of-architecture/
In this male dominated profession, it is especially inspiring to hear of success stories from women. And I think we must all keep in mind, that success, and the definition there of is subjective. Not to say these women have not achieved success but sometimes we strive for just one type of success when there are so many other avenues that would suit our happiness more. Anyhow, I look forward to watching Making Space in my favorite black on black on black ensemble sipping on a cup of java.
More stain swatches. Just what stain WILL the front door BE?
Mud, mud, and more mud. Scott madly continues to mud the ceiling:
Greg seals up the bathroom (unless we’re planning to have magenta walls):
Kristin and Seth continue on form work for the patio slab — tomorrow’s the big pour day! (And today, Seth celebrates a big ol’ Bluff Birthday.)
To build a shade screen for the 52 ft. facades on the east and west sides of the house, there are a lot of things to consider. Here’s some of the progress so far…
1. Start with this chop saw. Make a spacing jig.
2. Make a jig for pre-drilling holes for fasteners every 2-3/4″
3. Make a jig for drilling a hole in the center of a 1-3/8″ square.
4. Get some aluminum C-channel.
5. Use the chop saw to cut the C-channel into 2000 clips.
6. Pre-drill a hole in the side and in the back of each clip.
7. Cut more aluminum channel to length for the horizontal support and pre-drill holes evenly spaced (not pictured).
7. Get some cedar. This is a small stack compared to what the entire shade screen will require.
8. Use that chop saw to cut it to the right length.
9. Use your spacing jigs (both the stationary one and the sliding one) to line up the cedar square and flat. Fasten aluminum clips to cedar.
10. Fasten the horizontal support to the back of the aluminum clips making sure the spacing jig keeps everything square and in contact.
11. Repeat until you have covered the house in cedar.
Session 4 brings with it a few new aspects: 1. it is COLD now! and 2. we need to be mostly done with the house by the end of this session (no pressure or anything). This will be our last 3-week long session, followed by the final 2-week session, which is really just for tying up loose ends (finishing punch list, admin stuff, etc). The semester has gone by so quickly, and here we are with completion of the Billjohn house on the horizon. We seem to be in good shape schedule-wise though, and I know we’re all looking forward to seeing the finish work go in soon. Here’s a little bit from the last few days…
Dana working on taping/mudding in the bedroom
Scott showing his enthusiasm for Hardibacker going up in the bathroom
the OSB over the patio is installed — now we can finish the metal roofing
the horse trailer got an overhaul! now we’re very organized in there (thanks to Foster and Atsushi)
The end of Session III consisted of a lot of work by many teams. Here’s a look at how the session ended.
attaching chicken screen to the north wall before base coat is applied
Atsushi & Hiroko applying base coat
finished base coat, ready for finish coat!
mixing up the finish coat
Catalina & Atsushi applying the finish coat
base vs. finish, with a control joint in between
finished plaster work
screen mock-up over the aluminum cladding
patio roof beam ready for joists
patio roof joists going in
finished patio roof structure: column, flitch plate, beam, and joists
patio roof ready for layer of OSB and the rest of the Grace Ice & Water Shield
looks like someone is sanding kitchen cabinets!
halls of OSB ready for cedar cladding
east brows and entry brow
Seth & Anna C installing the entry door
hall closet door will blend seamlessly with surrounding cedar cladding when finished
everyone signed the house on the wall studs before receiving drywall– even our client Harvey!
end of session III
Erica on the planer, as session 4 will consist of a LOT of planing cedar for our interior wall cladding
before shot of the cedar
and the after of the cedar once planed and ripped into 2″ strips