Thursday, December 30, 2010
Apparently, last night's storm saw hellish winds whip around The Minnie House, flipping massive pieces of Kynar steel up against the cyclone fence like a kid playing tiddlywinks. It was still wickedly windy today so I did my best to move the unused siding out of harm's way. Tonight promises to be calmer and with any luck the worst has already passed.
Over the holiday weekend we moved many of the IKEA boxes down to the house, and started piecing together the kitchen cabinets. The first six base cabinets went together relatively smoothly, if rather slowly, before the first wall cabinet gave me a headache of epic proportions. To cut a long story (replete with much user error) short, the Akurum cabinet has a Rationell bottom shelf with a built-in under counter light, but when finished that piece was half an inch wider than the top piece. Surely shome mishtake? I'll have to call IKEA tomorrow to figure that one out.
Hector and Alejandro have been dodging the raindrops to get most of the siding complete before disappearing today for an extended New Year holiday weekend, and Hector also found time to cut and install the first of the white LockDry aluminum decking in the porch area. We'll also be using this for the entry ramp, and the rear deck.
The last couple of piece of flat metal, for the corners of the parapet wall, are at the shop being cut to size, and once those, the remainder of the coping and the corrugated metal in the porch are installed next week the exterior siding will be just about complete.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
|The Kynar siding is now 80% complete|
|More corrugated steel was added this week|
|The view from the deck on a sunny winter's day|
|Sliver Kynar flat panels around the parapet were added yesterday|
|The post-drywall-cleanup kitchen|
|The dining room|
|The living room|
|The bathroom window|
|The master bedroom|
|Bedroom window, from the hallway|
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|Looking down on the lower stairs|
|The master bedroom|
|Hanging the ceiling in the kitchen|
|Master bathroom (left) and walk-in closet (right)|
|The stairwell windows|
|The garage starts to look like... a garage|
|Almost finished in the kitchen|
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Sheet-rock! On the basement ceiling!|
|Hanging sheet-rock on the garage perimeter wall|
|The basement, seen through the sheet-rocked doorway|
|The Kynar at the rear of the house is now 99% complete|
|That door in the middle? The cupboard under the stairs|
Friday, December 17, 2010
|I bought one carton to see what it would look like in the house... Nice - I like!|
|Even on a truly miserable day it still looks gorgeous|
On Wednesday I re-visited Simple Floors right here in San Francisco, and to be truthful I was quite surprised by how many exquisite species of engineered wood they had on display. My original plan had been for something dark and rich and chocolatey, in keeping with the monochromatic theme of the house, but lately I've been drawn towards something warmer and more inviting, preferably in a cognac-y tone with a reddish tint. And so it was that I found the engineered wood of my dreams - the breathtakingly beautiful African Roma Walnut-stained Acacia that you can see in theese pictures.
Naturally it was more expensive ($4.29 per sq ft) than either the Yanchi bamboo ($3.49 per sq ft) or the Curupay ($2.49 per sq ft), so I was seriously concerned about blowing my budget, but yesterday I found out that Simple Floors has a one-day sale tomorrow when EVERYTHING in the store, including underlayment and glue and accessories, will be reduced by 15%. Hooray for sales!!!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
|Drywall in the sky, delivered by GradAll|
|The guys from L&W Supply bring home the bacon|
|Pabco 5/8" sheetrock|
|Reflections on a beautiful day|
|The north east corner of the house|
|The south west side of the house is almost finished...|
Monday, December 13, 2010
|R30 Fiber Glass for the roof|
|Kitchen and dining room, now with added snugness|
|Stair windows surrounded by Wookiee entrails|
|Corrugated Kynar siding being pieced together|
Hector expects to complete the installation of the siding by the end of the week, but with rain forecast for both tomorrow and Friday I'm highly skeptical. As my mum used to say, we shall see what we shall see.