The end of Session III consisted of a lot of work by many teams. Here’s a look at how the session ended.
Today is the start of our fourth session in Bluff this semester, we have one more session scheduled after this one. It is quiet here today; some folks are traveling, a small group is at site, a few are working in the shop here on campus. Registration for spring semester classes opened up for some of us today — a task that seems a little distant being here in Bluff and not in Denver.
Because it is quiet, we thought we’d give you a tour of the property we stay at, so that you can see what our campus looks like. The Scorup House. Bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, food storage, laundry room, guest room, living room, dinner and night meetings are housed here. The front porch is a great place to hang out, eat breakfast and watch people play games.Material sheds. Plumbing and Electrical supplies, hardware and other materials are kept here.Material Bone Yard. Larger building materials, doors, windows, steel, aluminum, etc. are in this area. The Mantainer. Two shipping containers converted into a bunk house with a bathroom and wood stove. The Shop. Erica, Seth, and Amy run cedar through the planer. Plaster Shed. Tools, materials and plaster samples are housed here.Bath House. Open April through November, the Bath House provides additional showers and bathrooms. The FOUNDhouse and Airstream. Patrick and Lacy brought the FOUNDhouse to Bluff this year; and, the Airstream has been here for a while, now.Formerly “The Jack Shack.” Outdoor Dining and Grill.
That’s it for now. Welcome back to Bluff! And, Hiroko, we’re thinking of you!
You may have seen these before, but I just wanted to share this shot of the brows in action- doing a wonderful job shading the house.
The end of the week is nearing and the clouds were looming, causing beautiful effects of light and shadow in our landscape. Blue Mountain looked dark and quiet in the distance and the rain never hit us.
Entry brow is coming right along. I would like to celebrate the craft of construction with this piece and attention to detail in designing and building an effective and beautiful awning to speak the same language as the window brows.
Patio roof joists are looking great against the sky as of now, soon to be backed by steel corrugation.
Door team discusses options with cladding the bi-fold doors in cedar. Upon installation, they should blend in with the wood boxes, only called out by a handle.
Henry is working on getting the stove ready to burn. Seen here, he is installing the chimney after cutting a square foot hole in the roof.
Tonight is a time to wind down at the end of this strong session 3 completion. We will celebrate the work we have accomplished and congratulate Hiroko and Atsushi for the new baby girl they will bring into the world, showering them with appreciation- and cake!
Day 43 of 71
Happy Thursday from Bluff!
I am very pleased to announce that we received several wonderful donations from Danze! The sleek profile and simple design of the Como Single Handle Kitchen Faucet will surely compliment the simplicity within the existing kitchen design. Also, the bathroom will be featuring the ever-so-sleek Parma Single Handle Lavatory Faucet and the corresponding Parma Single Handle Pressure Balance Shower Faucet. We are so very thankful and thrilled to feature Danze’s exceptional products in our house!
This week the kitchen team has been extremely busy preparing formwork and variations of concrete for samples of the kitchen counter top! So far we have experimented with adding white paint to the concrete mix as well as one mix with broken glass pieces. Tomorrow we plan to take the grinder to the samples and see what we uncover!
We spent the majority of last week constructing various models for the kitchen cabinet faces. Our material options consisted of pickled OSB, cedar, and plywood.
After researching each material, precedent projects, and its opportunities we have come to the conclusion of using 13-ply Baltic Birch Plywood.
Baltic Birch Plywood is beautifully finished, furniture grade veneer plywood that also happens to fit within our creatively tight budget. These striking images along with all the work presented on Harveybuilt.com have helped to inspire the plywood kitchen. The handles will be fabricated from an aluminum angle, and fasten upon the top lip of each drawer.
Also at site, the patio beam has been installed and the plasterwork on the North wall begins today! Atsushi has encouraged us to leave our mark on the house. Here are a few that will remain with the house for its lifetime.
At day 43, we are all anxiously awaiting our next break, which begins on Saturday! A few of us are taking a road trip to Laguna Beach. On the way back we are stopping in Las Vegas to take part in the Halloween festivities!
We are expecting Harvey and Hilda for tonight, so Meg G and I have prepared a feast of Tamale Pie, Black Bean Salad, and mini Peach Cobbler.
The patio door, wood stove ready for the heat shield, and some drywall ready to cover the rest of the wall.
Here are a few more things that are in the works:
We have a lot of things that are coming down to final details. Many different projects with many different schedules. Look forward to many more photos of finished interiors and exteriors. Good work! to all the team leads who are making this house beautiful and complete!
With the help of Rick and his dad, great work was accomplished at the end of the week. The frame of the entry is up and ready for cladding, electrical wiring is 100% done. The team worked with Rick on patio details and even though the patio did not go up as planned, we are very close of reaching this goal.
Finally at the end of the day we get to test the columns and see if they are level.
The columns are level!! now we can take them down and go home.
We are now in session three and in full throttle. Rick has arrived last night for his second visit to Bluff this semester. He is ready to give us his expertise to make sure we are moving in the right direction. Roof, cladding, patio, entry, doors, interior finishes are a number of many teams working together to achieve one goal., a successful completion of the Biljohn’s House.
Though this wasn’t the exact pile we dug through, it still took a while to find just the right pieces.
All around, a successful material run. Can’t wait to see the progress on site tomorrow!
It’s definitely fall here in Bluff, and we’re all back for more fun in Session 3. Some of the goals for the session include: rough plumbing, pulling electrical wire and installing boxes, pouring entry slab and patio piers, grinding the shower and bathroom floor, and installing furring and gutter on the south wall. We also installed one additional window in the main bedroom on the south elevation. The group worked hard over the break to finish drawings and continue mock-ups, so we all get to see more of the details this week in our design meetings. It’s exciting to see things coming together!