Half way through our final work week the house is beginning to take shape and is becoming a battle to complete before we exasperate the last of our energy. The last few weeks have been a challenge to our work ethics, but we have come out strong and can see the finish line. We have also received additional motivation for the project when we were recognized from the Navajo Nation for our involvement with the Dennehotso Sweat Equity Project. It is a huge honor to be granted an award from the community we work with and helps assure us that the program has a bright future. After learning that this award was the first from the Navajo Nation that our program has been awarded it was even more special because it is becoming evident that knowledge of our program is spreading through the nation and that it is received with open arms and excitement. The award presentation was held at the headquarters of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock and occurred during their spring meetings.
In addition to the fun and games of accepting awards we were also getting busy on site! Matt and I began finalizing some of the installations for built-ins and most notably finishing the bedroom upper cabinets and sliding drawers beneath our custom-built bed. It has been a packed house to get this done all in the same area at once, but we’re still able to make solid progress. It’s very satisfying to see all of the built-ins come together because we have been working off-site the past couple of weeks constantly ripping, sanding, and lacquering boards to get them ready for this point. Additionally, we were able to finish the bathroom vanity and entry shelving unit by installing the window jambs. The next project is to install the kitchen cabinet shelves, faces, and doors.
In addition to finishing the bathroom vanity, (pictured above) a lot of work went into prepping and pouring the concrete counter tops in the kitchen. The first try with the bathroom counter top was an adventure in its own, but the team looks to have the methods to their madness all sorted out for this next go ’round. The kitchen counter tops were poured in place to alleviate the struggle with transporting the finished product to site. Each of the two kitchen counter tops had a mold that would act as the shape and were infilled with rebar for structural purposes.
Additionally, there are a few more projects that are going on alongside the built-in and kitchen installs. We are making great progress on plastering the interior walls and are using all the help we can get!
The plaster team is looking to wrap things up in the next couple of days and we can start to clean the house and pour the final coat of the earthen floor shortly after! Lastly, we began installing the rafters in the entry alcove in conjunction with the wicked steel post and beam courtesy of Adam Kilmer, but you will have to wait to see pictures of that in the next couple of days!
With this being my last blog, I believe that I can safely say that I am much more cut out to be an architect than a writer of any sort.