Finishing the Kitchen!

The custom kitchen cabinets went in this week. Installing these too were tricky, owing to the curved south wall. But they are solidly built and look terrific. Diane is an artist and has been doing this for many years.

I’m giving two and a half weeks to get the interior trim and stairs in. We’re simultaneously installing the ceramic tile and most of itshould be in at the end of this week.

We’re also templating for the granite countertops. The weather has been very cold but the kerosene heater inside allows us to continue staying warm and on schedule.

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Interior Trim & Flooring on the Curved House

We’ve started interior trim this week after installing the heartpine floor over Christmas week. The heartpine layout is tricky: there are “rays” coming off the north wall and extending across the great room to the more expansive south wall. They’re layed out approximately every 5’ where we’ve installed steel columns that support the elevated walkway on the north side. Then we infilled perpendicularly between the rays. The floor guys installed in half the time I expected. Two days vs. four!!

The carpenter we have doing the interior trim is taking care of the stairs, too.

The handrailing mirrors the curve of the exterior wall. Lots of progress on the interior this week!

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Insulating & Decking the Curved House

We are now about to spray foam insulate the roof and walls. The beveled cedar siding looks great. All the corner boards and trim are 5/4” cedar. Installing on the curved walls took more effort to get the measurements down but went well. The 5-V crimp metal roof also took more effort, particularly at the rakes since it all flares out since the south wall is much longer than the north wall and it shows up on the roof accordingly.

Installing the pine decking on the first floor and the Trex on the second floor took more effort as well, not to mention the deck railings.

The mechanical, plumbing, and electrical rough-ins, however, didn’t have to put in more effort than usual, unlike what I expect in laying the tile and hardwood flooring as well as installing the interior trim. Next week we hope to start hanging drywall and we’ll be moving into the finishing stages. The owners are pleased and challenged to get us their finish selections in a timely way. There’s a lot of running around to suppliers on top of living a busy work life! But I think that by seeing the house being built, with quality and good subs, is invigorating despite the stressors.

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Exciting New Project! A curved wall…

Synergy Building is very excited by the new challenge we've undertaken.  We cleared a lot and staked out a curved house last month! We’re now at the stage of roof framing.  Both the south and north walls curve to the bend in the creek below.  Staking the house and putting points in the footing were done by the surveyors.  The curve is significant. Yea technology!  It made things so much easier to compute the foundation plan into field instruments and let the survey team get it down.  The foundation contractor did an excellent job and the framer is doing the same.  Everyone is excited.   Even the interior walls paralleling the north and south walls are curved.

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The framers have to cut all the bottom and top plates on the 2x6 exterior curved walls from 2x10’s.  They’re doing it with a circular saw as they would ripping any framing lumber.

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There are structural steel components that are carrying the weight of an elevated walkway as well as a floor system above the carport.  The wall sheathing (7/16” OSB) bends to the curve. framing-walls-7

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Framing of the screened porch began this week, too.

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In short, this is a challenge to build and we all understand it adds approximately 30% to the job costs. Installing drywall, trim, cabinetry, flooring – all have to be thought through due to the special requirements of the curved walls.  This is a dramatic house unlike any we’ve done before and we're looking forward to sharing the process with you.

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Moving Day!

Move-in was on the 15th and it went well. Being in feels very good. The colors work. The floor finish is impressive. The stained finish on the interior doors is beautiful. The kitchen countertop goes very well. It’s been neat starting up all the new appliances. I’ve cooked several meals already. The Zephyr range hood is striking. The built-ins by the fireplace, after getting the books and handicrafts on the shelves, lend that homey feeling.

kitchen-384x2881 There’s a long list of things to do and I’m going to pace myself. Life has been stressful and I’m going to find ways to relax. The landscape infrastructure is unique with gravel pathways bordered by site-made curbs in which tumbled glass found at the landfill got embedded. Site-made stepping stones are at every entryway and pathway. They’ve got embedded river stones and are colored to match the color of the exterior concrete slabs. River stone is also acting as mulch in the raised beds my son and I built. Down the road in a couple of months we’ll start putting in some plantings.

front-path-1-288x3841 stepping-stones-288x3841 Clearing a lot and building from scratch means you sacrifice a mature landscape. Going into an older neighborhood and remodeling a house has its attractions. But this is out of town in the county. So I’ve got an energy efficient house in which I’m looking forward to experiencing the radiant floor heat. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace and the heat pump for backup. The 9’-4” ceiling height, open floor plan, large south facing windows, all give a spacious feeling to the 1800 sq.ft. of living space. All in all it’s unique, special, creative, comfortable and enjoyable.

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