Monday, November 28, 2011

Drywall, drywall, on the wall . . .

So, last week we went out to see what progress had been made on the drywall.  I hadn't been out since before the awesome insulation had been installed.  We went with a local place that uses a soy-based batt, and I'm tremendously pleased.  Not only are the batts a pretty, swirly-creamy-brown . . .

. . . but they are obviously far more dense than fiberglass.  They stuffed the ceilings completely full.  And my favorite part . . . they don't stink!!! Hooray!!!

It's amazing how well the house holds the heat out into it when the drywall guys are there, even though the garage door still needs trim (there's a gap between the door & wall all around, sigh), and it took days to get something to occupy the holes in the entry door.

So, for family & friends who have wondered, here are the latest project shots.

Warning: Several metric tonnes of photos follow . . . 

Looking in from the "front" door.

From the front door into the garage, through the shop:

A slice of Vern's little office:

Up the stairs we go . . . don't they have mahvelous natural light? I <3 those windows. :o)

The view out  the window at the top of the stairs, visible in the previous photo.

Here they are, my stair-lighting lovelies.

I as yet haven't the faintest how I'll clean the one further along (yes, it's 10+ feet above the steps below), but I'll have all winter to puzzle that out.  Right now I'm just hoping the sill lies far enough out of scaffolding range that it has mostly escaped the liberal mud slinging of the drywall crew.  Oy.

Here we have the cute little bath.  That transom brings in light directly from the stairwell.  I'm wishing I'd been bold, and put in a glass block panel in the wall there next to the shower to bring in more light.  As it is, we'll most likely need supplemental light most of the time.  We'll see what happens when I get white subway tile on the walls and glossy paint up above it to bounce the light around more than raw drywall rock and subfloor . . .

Ahhh . . . my lovely living room. :o)  Imagine built-ins flanking the windows (drawers below, bookcases above), with a window seat running between under both windows.

And in these, my friends, in these unassuming-looking truss voids, lie most of our hopes foe sanity in this addle-headed endeavor: the truss cabinets.  Heavily insulated and uber-reinforced below, bedding, folding chairs and stools, floor pillows, and the kids' lockers will all live here.

We just need to divine a way to face & fromt them.  So far I've come up with simply trimming out the fronts for doors and somehow building huge pull-out-pantry-style thingies-on-wheels.  (Yes, that's a technical term. ;o)  Even though I'm aware how giddy this sounds, the solid plywood floors in those trusses makes my heart go pitter-patter.  Or, more to the point, they keep my heart from going pitter-patter, as I no longer worry about small children falling through to the garage below.  {Intense sigh of relief}

And now we advance to the kitchen . . . while this photo looks dark, don't let my camera's inability to handle chiaroscuro fool you.  Those two southern windows fill the room with glorious winter sunshine.

Ahhh, here's a better shot.  The corner you're looking into will be the "hot" corner.  You can see the black hole (lol) that's the exhaust fan for the induction hob, and there are two dedicated circuits for a countertop oven and the hob.  The peninsula will extend from the corner to the right to help divide the living & kitchen spaces, provide lots of workroom for meal prep (and possibly eating . . . still trying to figure out how to manage that) and lots of homeschooling and crafting.  I'm also excited to run a shelf along above the windows for things like pitchers, bowls, platters, etc.  Functional sculpture. :o)

Ahhhh . . . one of the hazards of construction.  Thankfully only the inside pane sustained damage, and the construction company will be covering the repair.

A view of the kitchen & bath from in front of the cracked window.  The success of the southern windows shows much more clearly in this view.  You can see through the door into the (master) bedroom, as well, and the little closet where the water heater will go (white pipes curling into the room, anyone?).

This nook will cradle the woodstove (will post more info on a stove when I've got some), with slate underneath and about four feet up the walls.  (We'll put up 1/4" durock first, to support the weight of the slate.)  I just need to go cherry pick through the slate at a local yard to get the colors I'm looking for.

And now, we venture into the bedroom.  I hesitate to call it the master bedroom, as no other bedrooms exist to compete therewith.  We'll see how the nomenclature develops.  This wall will also have flanking built-ins and a wide & deep window seat (with drawers underneath, of course).  Every square inch of this space will pull its weight, work hard, earn its keep, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.  In this shot you can also see the only little spots where foam insulation lives . . . in the last space between trusses, where additional bracing holds the eaves on, making the depth available for insulation about, oh, 3".  Batts just wouldn't cut it. ;o)

Truss cabinets in the bedroom (with view through door into kitchen).  Finger included for scale. lol

The wall where the bed will go.  We're still trying to figure out how to put lamps on the wall.  The decision lies tabled until the actual bed is in place.  (We've yet to build it.)

And that concludes our drywall tour. :o)  I'll leave you with a few shots of my walk back to the van (which we parked a ways back on the road, as the snow down the middle of the road hadn't melted enough to not scrape the undercarriage alarmingly.  The meadow . . .

More meadow, and gorgeous winter sky . . .

The observatory site . . . (the ponds will someday be foundation posts) . . .

Looking back at our cozy little place . . .

And one last time before I trudged through the ditch and up to the road to the van.

Thanks for stopping by . . . hopefully I'll have more interesting things to post soon . . .

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