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With the recent stretch of warm dry weather, Big Horn Plastering, Inc. was able to make great progress with our stucco. All they have left is some detailing at the windows and a portion of our west wall which was purposely left unfinished in order to install a pass-through window above the counter-top. The curves [...]
There has been much progress over the past month, but it’s hard to see because everything is covered with plastic, tape, paper and blankets – the painters have taken over. Beneath the wrapping, tile has been completed, more cabinets have been set, the quartz counter-tops are installed, most the trim work is done and the [...]
Dan Hanley is providing and installing the cabinets for our house. To keep costs down, we eliminated most cabinet doors opting for an open shelf design. We are using an exterior grade fir plywood – painted lowers and stained uppers. The thick shelves were created by gluing together two 3/4-inch sheets of plywood. We hope [...]
Originally, we had hoped to use a reclaimed hardwood flooring throughout the house. We quickly learned this would not fit within our budget if we wanted to keep energy efficient and sustainable systems like the GeoExchange System in the design. Bamboo flooring was an affordable sustainable option; however, we didn’t want the traditional look of [...]
An important aspect of our passive solar design is the use of a concrete thermal mass in our Greenhouse / Dining Room. During cold winter months, heat from the low angle of the sun will be collected by a 2-inch floor slab of lightweight concrete covered with 3/8- inch tile. As the room temperatures rise, [...]
The fascia has been shaped, installed and painted. Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. has completed the curved metal flashing and is preparing for our roof inspection Monday.
Ryan Carlson and Roy Nall with Custom Touch Interiors are making good progress with the tile. For our floors, we are using Kult by Panaria Ceramica. We found the green glass mosaic wall tile at Lowe’s for a great price. It has a combination of clear and frosted glass and some variation in color. We [...]
Pete and Humberto with the Framing Crew finished the waterproofing details required for our “at grade” entrance and walk-out patio allowing Harvey Thoutt & Sons Concrete to complete most of our exterior flatwork (concrete patios and sidewalks). This puts us one step closer to our stucco.
Rob threw some real curves at Pete and the Framing Crew with our Streamline Moderne design. After exploring numerous options for the many curved fascia details, Pete decided to try a cellular PVC product called Versatex. While Versatex is marketed as being “bendable”, the supplier neglected to mention that it first needs to be heated [...]
With our interior framing and mechanical rough-ins complete, the GeoExchange System is providing heat throughout the house and our drywall was installed this week. After a City of Denver “screw inspection” scheduled for tomorrow or Tuesday, the drywall team will be able to start taping and finishing. We are really able to get feel for the interior spaces now – and we can [...]