So as we come to midweek of what we consider to be our final build week before punch lists, we see ourselves working hard with much more to do than we thought. Even though we have much to do, morale is higher than it has ever been, and everyone is excited for the progress we have made. I was able to clad the bathroom door and get that hung with the donated hardware from Rustica hardware, Matt was able to get a volunteer to use a backhoe to help move sand around site and dig out foundation for our shade structure, and johnny got the kitchen concrete counter-tops installed in both cabins. There is still much to do and we are working fast and hard to accomplish our goals. Take a look at these pictures to see the surprise we got on Sunday and the progress made this week!
Our cabins first snow day!The Barn Door hardware being installed, and look at those custom jambs, so sweet! Matt getting the shade structure area leved.The concrete counter-top installed. Sam and Johnny under the counter-top with Arron helping place it with precision!
As the week came to an end, more and more of the finish details began to emerge. While the majority of interior and exterior details continue to be worked out, some details/finishes are becoming complete and are being finalized by each team. It is amazing to see how decisions made early on in the design process, as well as final decisions made only yesterday, equally affect the resulting details we are creating. The cabins are really taking shape, and although some of us are nervous about the amount of time we have to finish, great progress is made every day! Most of the steel has been put up on both cabins, and last week the first pieces of the reclaimed barn wood were hung on the interior and exterior. It may be “crunch time” but we are all enjoying the detail work that has occurred during this session, and the work site is filled with smiles as the details that each student is creating are realized.
Patio team continuing to use the drywall lift to place and secure slats for the trellis systems.
Bathroom team has installed the beautiful reclaimed barnwood walls and ceilings in both bathrooms.
Linh and Pipsa (bathroom team) looking excited about the wood ceilings. Plaster on the bathroom walls is soon to come!
Robin working on the bed platform for the Blue Mountain Cabin and making sure each piece of the bed platform fits perfectly with the next.
The frame-less north facing window of Blue Mountain meeting the bed platform in an almost seamless detail.
Johnny (Lead of kitchen team) getting ready to install the upper cabinets in the Monument Valley Cabin, with the help of Sam and Dan.
The interior steel wall in the Blue Mountain Cabin is almost complete. Benches and countertops will be installed very soon!
Exterior steel meeting with interior wood at this beautifully detailed door jamb. The material palette of wood and steel (coupled with glass and concrete) is something we never get tired of looking at.
Exterior patio barnwood begins to go up on Blue Mountain. And the wall is “re-opened” for the installation of patio benches.
The bunk bed details begin to meet up with other walls and wrap corners. The undulating corner condition is a beautiful way to showcase the recycled wood being used.
All excess supports have been removed from the sink, and now the kitchen/bathroom sinks are amazingly cantilevered.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Seth Donnell and Zane Levin
On thursday we saw a lot of progress with finish materials. Zane’s cladding crew was able to start on the interior wall of Blue Mountain Cabin (which, by the way, looks amazing) and bathroom team was working on barn wood wall in Monument Valley Cabin. Arron spent most of his day fastening dozens (or hundreds?) of L-brackets for the slats as well as putting up furring strips.
Planing, table saw and chop saw stations are getting really busy as we’re starting to work more and more with the salvaged barn wood. Therefore, planning and managing our time is getting more important in order to stay efficient and achieve our session goals.
After a long day of work, we had a nice, three-course Italian meal prepared by Becca and Kathryn. “Daan” (apparently how I pronounce his name) was in charge of the night school and he ran us through the basics of guitar playing.
Becca, Seth, Zane and Kathryn listening to Dan play.
Pipsa ja Linh
Wednesday saw much progress in many areas and aspects of our cabins. In Monument Valley, Cam spent the day on formwork for the patio fire pit pour. Additional concrete pours were done for the bathroom and kitchen counters.
Pipsa spent the majority of the day in the bathroom doing waterproofing prep work for plaster which will be started very soon.
After a few hours of planing, the flooring of the loft was finally installed and, despite many limitations from material size and aperture=driven aesthetics, the pattern for the top bunk wood cladding was finally established. It has been a long process but it was wonderful to finally see a piece nailed off!
Drywall mud and sanding continued in both cabins throughout the day as Sam tries to make it as smooth as possible for our initial coat of primer.
Jason spent much of his day figuring out a detail for the closet door so the hinges are barely visible while still making sure the door is perfectly set.
Coop and Arron jumped on patio details with furring strips and additional structure to hold up the anticipated slating.
Window frames were painted to create consistency throughout both cabins. Seth, as window lead, has spearheaded this process which makes everyone so happy now that our approach to the cabins does not involve seeing the pristine steel south facades with white vinyl window frames.
Blue Mountain also made lots of headway. With the bathroom and west walls sheathed in OSB, interiors and steal team will soon be able to move forward with barn wood and steal walls. Additionally, exterior cladding team managed to put of the last few pieces of cladding on the north truss and is working to finish the remaining parapet caps.
Linh was also able to finish applying Red Guard to the Hardie Board so plaster will begin in the bathroom within the next couple of days.
Looking forward to the rest of the session to finish everything up!
Kathryn and Becca
God is in the Details So much work has been accomplished, yet we still have so much to go. The exterior team has finished all of the exterior cladding! They have now moved on to some of the interior metal work and patio cladding. It’s really amazing to see the entire cladding of the structure done and sheathed in the patinaed steel. Kitchen and Bathroom team have also made substantial process. They poured all the sinks and counter tops today. We can’t wait to show them installed. A lot of work has gone into prep
ing and cutting the form work. It’s great to get that component done. We have also now installed the metal brackets to handle the load of the concrete counter tops. Our goal is to make it look like it’s levitating on these metal brackets
Brackets installed in west wall of Blue Mountain cabin
Windows and door team are basically finishing up. They have painted all the frames a charcoal grey. It really looks great with the rusted steel and gives a modern look to all the apertures.
Interiors team now has all the drywall installed and has moved onto the barn wood. For those who don’t know, many months ago we all disassembled a barn in Pine, CO. We kept all the wood from the roof and ceiling trusses and now are installing them into the cabin. Some of the wood we have left rough, some of it has been planed down smooth. Some of the Pondarosa Pine has some great pink and red heart wood other planks have shown some blue beetle kill. We are using the wood on the exterior and interior of both cabins in many different ways. Some of the beams and planks are crazy warped but we are making the best of it and trying to use every piece that we reclaimed. Becca Hammering Barn Wood into the ceiling of the Monument Valley Bunk
Robin and Matt signing off-
On Monday, we had our first encounter with a desert wind storm. The high winds were blowing sand everywhere and it made wearing goggles a necessity. It was simply another reminder that we are living in the desert.
Everyone was very productive, although, cladding team did have to stop attaching metal panels halfway through the day due to the high winds. Parapet caps and flashing details under the cantilevered trusses have occupied cladding team all day for the past week but all steel cladding on the exterior of both cabins is scheduled for completion by mid week.
The interiors of the cabins are really coming along. We are very excited to soon be installing the reclaimed barn wood on the interior of Monument Valley. Prepping the reclaimed barn wood is a diligent process using a skill saw, table saw and planer to create straight edges from warped and distorted boards. The boards come in a variety of thicknesses and lengths also but a small team has been sorting and taking inventory of each piece of wood in hopes to minimize waste.
A little bit more mudding and sanding and the drywall should be ready for paint and primer next week. Also, the custom ladder up to the bunk bed is finished and is yet just another custom detail we have worked into these fun little cabins. In Blue Mountain Cabin, all of custom steel brackets were installed. These large brackets will hold up the cantilevered benches and concrete countertop that stretch along the west wall of the cabin’s kitchen and living room.
Last, but not least, the patio slats have begun to be installed! These slats, also made of the reclaimed barn wood, are the overhead condition for both patios. Also, the formwork for the fire pit in Monument Valley is coming along nicely!
With less than three construction weeks now, the group has a renewed sense of urgency as we pursue all of the interior and exterior details we’ve been planning for the past several months.
Dan & Ryan
Today we had our shower fixtures installed and more metal cladding put up. The cabins are looking better by the day. Becca and I were able to solve some problems with our “pirate door” (emergency egress) and Ryan was figuring out how our ladder is going to work getting up to our bunks. Johnny and Matt have been building cabinets and formwork and Sam has been cutting, drilling and grinding our metal brackets for our benches. There has been a lot going on and we are so happy with our progress this session so far. Here are some pictures to add to our first post updating you on what we have achieved since Monday!
Until next time we speak, Have a wonderful night and a great winter!
Sam and Jason
The full moon rose today as the sun went down on the the other side of the horizon giving us another glimpse of desert beauty. More parapet walls went up, with Blue Mountain nearly fully clad with steel. It makes for quite a dramatic scene as the sun sets.
Pippsa installing the rain shower.
The crew is still hard at work with team leads delegating and prioritizing work in order to meet our week-end goal. And hoping to finish most of the exterior work before the snow starts!
Sam and Jason