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