Posts Tagged ‘white pine’

Windows, Walls, and Loft Stairway

October 5, 2009
Kelley worked hard to select the windows for Bunny Vista, and he was excited to see the sunset reflected in them.

Kelley worked hard to select the windows for Bunny Vista, and he was excited to see the sunset reflected in them.

The crew has installed most of the Bunny Vista windows. They will wait until the drywall is in the timber frame room before they install the front windows and French doors in that room. I think the windows are beautiful, and when Kelley showed me how easy they are to remove for washing, I thought about my mother sitting on the window sill struggling to wash the double hung windows in the house I grew up in. I am so glad Kelley picked windows that are beautiful and energy efficient and ones that will be simple for him to keep clean.

The kitchen has casement windows. The one at the left was damaged on arrival, but the replacement is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. The cypress siding is here for the shed addition, and

The kitchen has casement windows. The one at the left was damaged on arrival, but the replacement is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. The cypress siding is here for the shed addition, and the crew will start installing it this week.

Lewis has almost finished chinking the log section.

Lewis chinks the office office.

Lewis is putting a layer of Permachink on the office wall. He put the first exterior layer of chinking on this wall early in the summer.

Kelley has finished building the staircase for the loft. It is beautiful. The treads are cypress and the stringers are white pine. He and Lewis worked hard to design a beautiful staircase that would not be so steep that it would be difficult to get to the loft.

If you stand between the kitchen and the mudroom and look through the timber frame, you see the loft staircase against the interior log wall of the office.

If you stand between the kitchen and the mudroom and look through the timber frame, you see the loft staircase against the interior log wall of the office.

The treads are protected with paper and tape, but you can see the beautiful cypress wood on the underneath edges. I love the staircase.

The treads are protected with paper and tape, but you can see the beautiful cypress wood on the underneath edges. I love the staircase.

The View from the loft

The view from the loft

Another view from the loft, including a look at the hearthstone.

Another view from the loft, including a look at the hearthstone.

Of roofs and ceilings

May 21, 2009

Bunny Vista got a petticoat for its roof yesterday. From Monday through Wednesday the crew worked hard to put up all the rafters and the rest of the underpinnings for the new roof. Now the basement will stay dry–no more mudslides for Kelley, Erin, and Nick to shovel out.

With the addition of a roof, the house looks like a house rather than an assemblage of logs and two by fours. I love the proportions and the the look of the cabin section–set solid on a stone foundation with massive logs and a no-nonsense roofline.

From the bottom up: Limestone, logs, roof sheathing!

From the bottom up: Limestone, logs, roof sheathing! At the right is the decking where the timber frame will be. Kitchen will be at the back of the timber frame section.

Immediately after the roof went on, we had an extended discussion of ceilings. Finally we decided that the master bath will have a sloped ceiling that follows the roofline, which will make it easy to put a skylight over the shower. The dog trot will also have a ceiling that partially follows the roofline. The back hall will have 8 foot ceilings, perhaps made of cypress. The ceiling of the timberframe will soar to the peak of the roof, so that when we walk down the back hallway to the timber frame, that room will be even more dramatic because of the contrast with the low hallway ceiling. At least, that is what I think.

The ceilings in the office and master bedroom are of poplar, painted white. Joists are white pine, hand planed with beaded edges.

The ceilings in the office and master bedroom are of poplar, painted white. Joists are white pine, hand planed with beaded edges.

Aaron and Braxton build the roof.

Aaron and Braxton build the roof.

The view from up there

The view from up there