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Week 17: ep-I-logue

I-beam (step on).

I-beam (step on).

As promised, pics of the aforementioned I-beam (for what they’re worth… STILL need to read that C-Lux manual) that Will and Matthew put in during week 17.

The I-beam will project out from the interior east wall and serve as the main support for the staircase, thus freeing up the space underneath the stairs (no column). This means that the I-beam will be visible in the finished house… a design detail.

The I-beam under the stairs.

The I-beam under the stairs.

Under the beam.

Under the beam.

Lou would like to leave it as it currently is, in all its steel-y glory. Depending on what we do with color on the inside of the house, though, I could see painting it a bright color… like International Orange… our nod to Ben Kelly. Or better yet, black and yellow diagonal warning stripes… sort of a Haçienda South… at least until we get the furniture in.

Can anyone convince New Order to get back together?


18 inches

"It's not your job to be confused as Nigel."

"It's not your job to be confused as Nigel."

In the classic 1984 “Rockumentary by Marti DeBergi” This Is Spinal Tap, 18 inches was a total disaster, albeit one with hilarious consequences.

But we’re not talking woefully inadequate Stonehenge replicas here. Because, in our case, a measurement of 18 inches is monumental… it ends up translating into an additional 300 square feet!

Matthew from Green Bottle Workshop explains:

“The addition of 18 inches to the back of the house brought us to the minimum square footage required for a new house in Bluff Park (2,500 square feet). This ‘minor’ detail hadn’t come up in any of our three prior meetings with the City of Hoover’s building officials; and, it was two full weeks after they’d received the final plans before we first learned of it. Since we’d already waited so long, we were willing to do whatever was necessary to obtain the permit that day. Being almost 300 square feet under code meant it would have been difficult to add anywhere else but the back of the house without having to return to the drawing board (had we tried to add it to the middle of the floor plan, it would have drastically affected the elevations). This is one of the great advantages to design/build. We were able to make the adjustments, and get things back on track.”

Last week, during a walkthrough at the site with Will, Liane and I were able to actually see the gained space in the closet/laundry area near the master bedroom. During our discussions with Will, he proposed the idea of a recessed shelf/headboard situation that would go above the bed, eliminating the need for a headboard and side tables. In order to do this without robbing the master bedroom of precious space, he suggested that we consider repositioning the dividing wall between the two spaces (i.e. moving it back a bit and taking space from the closet area). However, this might also mean having to adjust the window in the closet/laundry area. We asked Will if he wouldn’t mind drawing this up so we could have a better idea of how much/little the new placement would affect the design before making our decision. And he kindly obliged.

before and after.

Revised west elevation: before (above) and after (below).

If you look closely at the bottom elevation, you may also notice that the vertical trim piece has been moved back slightly in order to divide the windows evenly and help preserve the rhythm established by the previous window placement.

Satisfied by the results—the reposition is barely noticeable and will, more importantly, make for a better interior space—we make the decision to move the window and the wall. Will lets us know that this will be done after the roof trusses are up… next week.

Week 4: intermission

We’re waiting. All of us. Liane. Myself. Will. Matt. The framers.


Mr. Petty and his Heartbreakers sang it best: “it’s the hardest part.” And as darn near perfect as that song is, it just don’t come close to conveying our collective feelings about (yet another) delay in the process… brought to us by the folks at New South Federal Savings Bank.




Sure, not nearly as hummable… or optimistic. But, alas, our own song has turned from one of hopeful anticipation to sheer friggin’ annoyance. Nope. Not nearly as hummable.

OK, so we’re all a bit impatient (and I’m being a bit melodramatic). New South have insisted that the order for inspection was submitted last Thursday as promised. This should’ve meant an inspection of the foundation the very next day, or Monday at the latest… which would’ve meant that we’d have the next draw on our loan in hand by end-of-day Monday the 4th… which would’ve allowed framing to start, as scheduled, on Tuesday the 5th.

It’s now Thursday. Thursday the 7th. One whole week since the order for inspection was submitted. One whole week and, still, waiting.

So we call. Two, three times a day from Monday on.

“The inspector is headed out there this afternoon.”

“We’re not sure why the inspector hasn’t called yet.”

“We should definitely be hearing from the inspector any second now.”

Given that this is the very same reputable inspector who helped bail us out of the sticky situation surrounding our first appraisal, the bank’s claims of her elusiveness are met with no small amount of skepticism from us.

So Thursday morning. And it’s looking like week 4 is a wash (doubly frustrating as it’s been a week of sunny days). In the meantime, Liane and I are having lunch with the guys at Jackson’s in Homewood today to look at design directions for the exterior cladding and the kitchen layout. Fingers crossed, we’ll also be delivering the unbelievably good news of a passed inspection and a forthcoming draw.

Chances are though, we’ll probably all just commiserate… and wait some more.

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