3rd and Long

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!

6Our cabins first snow day!5873The Barn Door hardware being installed, and look at those custom jambs, so sweet!1 Matt getting the shade structure area leved.2The concrete counter-top installed. 4Sam and Johnny under the counter-top with Arron helping place it with precision!

Let it be thursday!

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.


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Zane working on interior cladding details in Blue Mountain Cabin
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Bathroom wall in Monument Valley 
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Linh checking out the loft
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Skylight detail

 


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.


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Becca, Seth, Zane and Kathryn listening to Dan play.

 

 

Halauksia,

Pipsa ja Linh

 

 

Hump Day Update!!

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.

Monument Valley kitchen counter

Monument Valley kitchen counter

Pipsa spent the majority of the day in the bathroom doing waterproofing prep work for plaster which will be started very soon.

Pipsa waterproofing the bathroom with red guard

Pipsa waterproofing the bathroom with red guard

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!

First piece of interior barn wood cladding is finally up!

First piece of interior barn wood cladding is finally up!

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.

Sam sanding away on the Pirate Hole

Sam sanding away on the Pirate Hole

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.

Jason working on the closet door hinges

Jason working on the closet door hinges

Mock up of the hidden hinges for the Monument Valley closet

Mock up of the hidden hinges for the Monument Valley closet

Coop and Arron jumped on patio details with furring strips and additional structure to hold up the anticipated slating.

Ingenuity at its finest; using the drywall panel hoist to hold the slat structure in place

Ingenuity at its finest; using the drywall panel hoist to hold the slat structure in place

Coop putting up furring strips for the Monument Valley slats

Coop putting up furring strips for the Monument Valley slats

So excited at the prospect of spending her day on a ladder!

So excited at the prospect of spending her day on a ladder!

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.

Seth painting the window. Dan being, well, Dan.

Seth painting the window. Dan being, well, Dan.

Um, awkward?

Um, awkward?

 

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.

Cladding team installing the last pieces of exterior steel

Cladding team working on   cantilevered patio parapet caps

Cladding team working on cantilevered patio 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.

Sunset on site

Sunset on site

Looking forward to the rest of the session to finish everything up!

Kathryn and Becca

God is in the Details

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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

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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.

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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. IMG_1714Becca Hammering Barn Wood into the ceiling of the Monument Valley Bunk

Robin and Matt signing off-

Dust in the Wind – Session 4, Week 2 Begins!

45 year old milled pattern on our reclaimed barn wood.

45 year old milled pattern on our reclaimed barn wood.

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.

Parapet caps being prepped on Monument Valley Cabin.

Parapet caps being prepped on Monument Valley Cabin.

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.

The Planing Station

The Planing Station

Table Saw Station cleaning the barn wood edges.

Table Saw Station cleaning the barn wood edges.

Barn Wood Team

Barn Wood Team

Steel Cutting Station

Steel Cutting Station

Ryan grinding steel pieces in the ladder.

Ryan grinding steel pieces in the ladder.

Bunk Ladder completed!

Bunk Ladder completed!

Bunk Ladder Detail

Bunk Ladder Detail

The bunk cubby hole with newly added barn wood.

The bunk cubby hole with newly added barn wood.

Becca working in the bunk.

Becca working in the bunk.

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.

Interior Detailing Tools

Interior Detailing Tools

Sam sanding in white out conditions.

Sam sanding in white out conditions.

Sam's sanding face.

Sam’s sanding face.

Monument Valley Kitchen Base Cabinetry

Monument Valley Kitchen Base Cabinetry

Monument Valley Bathroom

Monument Valley Bathroom

Jason prepping jambs for the bathroom door of Blue Mountain Cabin.

Jason prepping jambs for the bathroom door of Blue Mountain Cabin.

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!

Cam works on fire pit formwork.

Cam works on fire pit formwork.

Arron mounting furring strips for the slats on Blue Mountain's patio.

Arron mounting furring strips for the slats on Blue Mountain’s patio.

Slats have begun going in!

Slats have begun going in!

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

Let there be water and metal!

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!

 

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Until next time we speak, Have a wonderful night and a great winter!

Sam and Jason

Another beautiful fall day

 

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.20141105_170443

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Safety is number 1!  Ryan giving us a thumbs up after a slight injury and a styling new hair cut.  20141105_163918

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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

 

 

Remember, remember…

 

Today, the Design/Build crew was hard at work on cladding the exterior and polishing the interior. We managed to get a good amount of parapet caps on the east wall of the Blue Mountain Cabin, as well as sanding the first application of drywall mud. Wherever the drywall was already sanded, we began to apply a second coat of mud. It’s starting to look sooo good!

 

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Coop was busy pressurizing all the plumbing lines to test for future leaks.

 

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Congratulations, we passed!

 

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Meanwhile, Johnny began to cut out the various components for the kitchen cabinetry.

 

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We are all working very hard and learning so much.

 

Exhausted,

~Arron & Johnny

Chill Monday

After a week of much needed rest and outdoor excursions, we are excited to be back for another eventful session. It seems like everything that we have worked for and everything that we planned for are finally coming into fruition. It is a critical session for us, as we are expected to finish the majority of our work by the end of this three-week session. Kitchen and Bathroom teams are planning to cast two concrete counters and one concrete sink this session. Interior group is working hard on interior finishes and will start on interior built-ins next week. Exterior group is wrapping up on steel cladding and will move to reclaimed barn wood cladding this session. Patio group is finalizing the slat details and will cast the concrete fire pit. After a year of planning and hard-work, it is surreal that our objects of affection, the cabins, are coming into form.

johnny sun tanJohnny getting his tan on.

cam plasteringsam plasteringCam and Sam, our mudding masters at work.

ryanRyan snoozing working on the Monument Valley bunk bed.

dan+arronArron and Dan, Rock the Catspaw.

Kathryn and BeccaBecca and Kathryn testing the latest Bluff fashion, drywall mud clothing.

Angle BracketLastly, a gift from our saving angel, custom shelf brackets for our concrete counter and sinks. We are working on similar brackets for Blue Mountain floating benches.

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Lời chào từ Bluff,

Pipsa and Linh

Wednesday, Session 3, Week 3

Wednesday saw much progress and excitement for the productivity our “early morning” week and extended hours has afforded us.  Though everyone is a little more tired than usual, the quality and quantity of our work has kept the group in high spirits, almost racing to the site each day to get just that much further with our design (and to waste the first 5 minutes on site staring in awe at our cladding.)  Speaking of cladding, the crew, lead by Zane, has been exceptionally diligent making sure each and every piece is designed, cut, and folded properly before being bolted to the furring strips.

Cladding crew discussing window detailing

Cladding crew discussing window detailing

Dan and Arron cutting steel cladding pieces

Dan and Arron cutting steel cladding pieces

Detailing has been a huge driving force in both cabins and cladding is no exception.  Much thought was given to how the metal sheets would come together, giving us some amazing moments on the exterior finish.

Corner steel and bolt detail

Corner steel and bolt detail

Meanwhile, the interior team has been hard at work hanging drywall and finally creating the spaces we have imagined for so long.  In Monument Valley, Ryan took on the task of sheathing both beds, including the lit cubby holes that the interior and electrical teams collaborated on to create what we hope will be some wonderful details.  The ladder to the loft was further developed, channels were utilized to provide a small reveal at the base of the walls, and everybody who had even a few minutes of free time jumped onto the team to help the mudding and taping.  Though we always knew we wanted to pursue trimless window frames, it took several tries and lots of blocking to see that detail come to fruition, however we soon all agreed it was worth the effort.

Cam mudding drywall joints and screw holes

Cam mudding drywall joints and screw holes

Pipsa and Johnny spent much of the afternoon dropping the ceiling in the bathroom of Monument Valley to make the space more comfortable and to make room for the rain shower fixture which Pipsa specified.

Dropped ceiling in Monument Valley

Dropped ceiling in Monument Valley

After slaving away for weeks, Johnny was finally able to see the fruits of his labors as he took of the formwork of the dual kitchen/bathroom sink.  It looks amazing and everybody is very excited to place it in the wall though is probably weighs 600 pounds or so and will take a huge group effort to move without damaging it or ourselves.

Jonny removing the formwork from Blue Mountain's double sink

Jonny removing the formwork from Blue Mountain’s double sink

By the end of the day, Linh and Sam had the entirety of Blue Mountain insulated so drywall can start being installed, Jason had thresholds for the bathrooms fabricated, and Coop had made great headway with the shower mixers, all of which needed customized holders.  All in all, we left site in high spirits and came home to some awesome chili courtesy of Matt and Robin!

 

Kathryn and Becca