Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

4th Gear

Roofing is happening! This is the waterproofing stage of the job. From here on out, we have water on the mind. The contractor is more than happy to see this work being performed.

In stages - we about to see more exterior siding and stucco work. The scaffolding took a day to erect. Feel like taking a walk around? In some places in the world, this would all be made out of bamboo....Here they use prefab. metal bracing and wood planks.

"Chimney Cap" - Where all the ductwork goes over the bedrooms and into the joist spaces.
Works as a roof vent too.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Remember all that ductwork hanging down in our bedroom last post? Here's our bedroom now:

They've started installing windows.

Meanwhile, here we are at the stucco place trying to decide on a color. They look different in different lights. We think we've decided, and then an hour later we've changed our minds. But mostly, they're all off-white, and they all look pretty much the same. One problem is we have a hard time with certain color names. Eggshell sounds way too Martha Stewart, not at all modernist, even though it might be the best color for us. So, whatever color we pick, we'll tell you that it's Bauhaus White.

I kept getting distracted by that restaurant supply store across the street. I'll bet that place is cool.

Kid Juniper, looking out his someday window:

I think he's the least surprised that we're actually building a house. We've been talking about it since he can remember. We're kind of in shock that it's happening!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I went on a site visit with Sr. Juniper, met the framer. He looked at me sympathetically and said, "It's been rough, huh? But it's coming along now!" It seems that during the issues with the concrete job, the professionals involved thought it was a big disaster. Apparently when the framer first came on the job, he thought it was "snakebitten." I'm really glad I didn't know that at the time. I mean, I knew there were bumps, but I thought that was normal for construction projects. Now I understand why Mr. Builder was so mad, he was worried the concrete company was going to tank the whole project.
Here's what our bedroom looks like right now:

Here's what the backside of a bathroom sink looks like:

Some kinks have come up to work out, like how do we soffit the ductwork in the bedroom, and this drainpipe under the roof:

But that's just normal stuff, all in a day of the life of a designer, right Sr. Juniper? Here are the windows in the front bedroom:

Nice, huh?

Sr. Juniper went to the vacant lot behind ours, and it's nice to see that we'll still have plenty of privacy, even if someone builds there someday. This is looking towards the back of our house, you can just see the corner of the roof and the street: