First Day of Concrete includes the Trenches!
December Twelfth Two Thousand Thirteen
H O Z H O House [HO-JO]
Last night, after much consideration and three separate voting sessions, we all agreed upon the given name for the Billjohn’s residence. Hozho is a Navajo word described as peace, balance, and beauty.
It can also be interpreted as In Beauty I walk and also It has become beauty again.
Peace describes our clients, a soft-spoken Navajo couple, and the complimenting relationship between the house + the land
Balance speaks of the relationship between the public + [cedar clad] private spaces within the home
Beauty is the simplicity of the final product
Also, if you haven’t heard— The house is complete! Our last official day of construction was Sunday, and with the help of Rick and ex-Bluffite Craig we finished just about everything.
Kristin fabricated and installed the aluminum countertop for the patio, cut the bench seat members, and took off the last of the paver formwork! With a few wheelbarrows of [frozen sand] we filled in the space between each of the pavers.
The door team installed the nook door, twenty six ply laminated Baltic Birch Plywood sheet which hangs daintily from the steel hardware above. The track exudes a roughness and industrial quality, which compliments the soft tone of the Baltic Birch. The door handle, similar to the kitchen drawer handles, is a repurposed J-channel inset into the Baltic Birch.
This is my favorite aspect of the house. The J channel, which began as a dry wall stop for the Interiors team has also become:
+Kitchen Toe Kick
+Cabinet Drawer Handles
+Bi-fold & Nook Door Handles
+Kitchen Countertop spacer
Many of these items could have been fabricated by much more conventional materials, but by collaborating with other teams the design was simplified –and clarified. The simplicity and beauty within the Hozho House is astonishing. The donations we received are very much a part of this. All of the light fixtures that Mark from MH Lighting personally selected for our project have made a complete difference. I especially love the exterior lights, sleek matte black rectangles that sit a few inches off the façade. We are so thankful for these fantastic donors.
At the Scorup house, we are all clicking away at our computers putting the last detail lines in our drawings for the Construction Documents. Those of us not working in Revit, are attending to the newly built Broomball ice rink. We are expecting quite the turnout for our Tournament on Saturday!
Happy Friday Eve!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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!