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Week 42.2: red light district

Red light!

Red light!

Standard issue CB2 Industry Pendant Lamps come in black and, well, black.

That’s it.

No. Nothing wrong with black… but we were wanting something a bit more arresting to go over our work-in-progress kitchen island. More dramatic… more able to see from down the block. And now, due again to the limitless resourcefulness of the Green Bottle Gang, we have all that in spades.

Better redder.

Better redder.

Yes. No more “none more black.” Thanks to the kind artisans at Russell’s Speed Shop, the Industry Pendant Lamps are able to realize their full focal point potential.

Red lights are go!

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 32: the week in white

The walls went white on the inside of 1133; and, at the end of the week, nature followed suit.

S N O W . . .

The most recorded snowfall in Birmingham in 9 years!

Blending in.

Blending in.

Red, white, and…

Red, white, and…

The overhang, under a blanket.

The overhang, under a blanket.

White over door (in Enduring Bronze).

White over door (in Enduring Bronze).

Icicles downstairs.

Icicles downstairs.

Icicles upstairs.

Icicles upstairs.

The bin and the box.

The bin and the box.

The best it's ever looked.

The best it's ever looked.

Fits in the snow.

Fits in the snow.

Alas, it was all gone by 2…

So we pointed our cameras inside.

The GBG* made significant headway on finishing out the windows. Here are a few of our faves.

Trim on the narrow.

Trim on the narrow.

The narrow from inside the master bedroom.

The narrow from inside the master bedroom.

In downstairs bedroom west.

In downstairs bedroom west.

*Green Bottle Gang (aka. Green Bottle Workshop; aka. Will and Matt).

Week 21.2: into the white

White box.

White box.

White Dove (with a touch of Red Clay).

White Dove (with a touch of Red Clay).

The calm before the overhang.

The calm before the overhang.

Week 20: gobble, gobble

I caulk the line.

I caulk the line.

As the short Thanksgiving week began, the painting and plumbing and HVAC-ing continued…

…and then…

…the glass for our windows arrived!

Glass and the friendly plumber (not Joe).

Glass and the friendly plumber (not Joe).

We’ve decided to go with the glazed.

IGUs—or Insulated Glazing Units—are “a set of two or more sheets of glass spaced apart and hermetically sealed to form a single glazed unit with a space between each sheet.” Cost-wise, they’re a bit more up front than the standard stuff; but the savings we’ll ultimately realize from lower heating and cooling costs should offset that and then some… and then some more (and then some more).

Glazed please (no sprinkles).

Glazed please (no sprinkles).

They should start going in next week… as soon as the White Dove dries on our steel spacers.

Also on the window-wise agenda in the coming weeks, the long-awaited enlargement of the wee dining room window. And just before we headed off to Mobile for a nice long Turkey Day weekend with Père & Mère & Uncle George, we spied Will and Matthew from Green Bottle Workshop discussing the resizing particulars with “Rudy the Roofer.”

Just a wee bit more…

Just a wee bit more…

And lastly (but certainly not least-ly), the ladybugs were back! In droves.

Continued good luck?

As long as they don’t bite.

Ladybugs!

Ladybugs!

Spot the sunning ladybugs.

Spot the sunning ladybugs.

Week 19.2: primer time

Before the paint, the primer.

Primed tails.

Primed tails.

Whte out.

White out.

A white shadow creeps along the east side.

A white shadow creeps along the east side.

Week 19.1: White Dove

OC 17 (aka White Dove) to the left.

OC 17 (aka White Dove) to the left.

While the painters continued to caulk and seal, we met up with Will and Matthew to view the three whites in action on the west side of the house; and, after much debate and deliberation, we arrived at our choice—Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Actually, it was almost impossible to spot the difference between the White Dove and the two strips of white that surrounded it on the Hardie Board. So, after referring back to the swatch book, we thought that its (ever so) slightly warmer tone would nicely pair with some of the darker browns we’re (possibly) using on the deck and entry-piece.

Painting starts Monday… wrapping up (fingers crossed) by Thanksgiving Eve.


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