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Week 42.1: then, they stopped and staired

After three weeks of ladder-climbing, we finally have stairs again. Behold—the 13 steps!

The 13 steps.

The 13 steps.

The stringers—white, wooden bands on each side—support the risers (and, soon, the glass handrail), conceal the step profile and draw the eye up to connect with the base of the middle volume structure. Here, the thick, White Dove line transitions to a stain of Enduring Bronze and continues along the bottom edge of the volume toward the opposite end.

Step off…

Step off…

Step on!

Step on!

The risers—steel supports and bamboo treads—are an open design that allow light from the main living area to pass through to the east side hallway. In addition to this very well-thought out functional aspect, the openness also manages to create the illusion that the individual steps are floating.

Step off…

Step off…

Step on!

Step on!

Initially, Will and Matthew had explored the possibility of wrapping the steel supports in some of the remaining bamboo flooring in an effort to avoid pricey treads. Unfortunately, that approach didn’t pan out, so it was off again to Lumber Liquidators for another order of Supreme Bamboo (the kindly folks at Lumber Liquidators folks had them shipped overnight at no additional charge).

The end result, like so much else about 1133, is a perfect balance of form and function.

Week 37.1: hit the deck

Plan Master Terrace ©Green Bottle Workshop, LLC

Plan Master Terrace ©Green Bottle Workshop, LLC

With the paint drying on the inside volume structures (photos soon, once we’re up and running again after yesterday’s unfortunate C-Lux tragedy!), and the subfloor enjoying it’s last hours of light before bamboo-ing begins on Wednesday, the Green Bottle Gang—once again ably assisted by the Hardie Boys—turned their attention outward and upward to the master terrace deck.

More or less gathering pollen (and, fleetingly, a bit of snow) since it’s weather-proofing back around week 25, Monday saw most of its bare spots covered in the remainder of the Hardie Board fiber cement siding used to great effect on the rest of 1133 (again, photos forthcoming).

After this, only the decking and the glass handrail remain before the master terrace is in full service. Heck, we’re even wired for sound!

As for the decking, we’re going with composite over wood. Composites, which blend ground-up wood and plastic, can last two to three times longer than conventional decking material and don’t require painting or staining. We’ve narrowed the field to two: Weyerhaeuser’s ChoiceDek® available exclusively from Lowe’s and Home Depot‘s reputable Veranda™ line.

According to their site, ChoiceDek is composed of 100% recycled content—recycled wood fiber encapsulated in recycled polyethylene. Not much info on the Veranda site regarding it’s Green-liness, but Consumer Reports has given it top marks in its category, beating ChoiceDek in its resistance to mildew and sagging (woo hoo!).

Either way, we’re probably going with the gray.


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