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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.

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Week 6: going up!

Some going up is about to go down.

Some going up is about to go down.

It’s week 6 of construction at 1133 Shades Crest… and the fast and furious frame game continues.

After dealing with the bulk of the main level last week, seems there’s nowhere left to go but up. But first, some (temporary) stairs…

Stairs!

Stairs!

We can see our house from heeeeere!

View from the top.

And now that all of the subfloor has been installed for the upper level, the downstairs bedrooms are beginning to feel a lot more more like rooms.

Inside the east side bedroom.

Inside the east side bedroom.

The east side hallway.

The east side hallway.

As the week progresses, walls start happening in the upper level, and we’re able to see the first hints of the middle volume rising from the kitchen into the upstairs…

Putting up a facade.

Putting up a facade.

Pump up the volume (and the kitchen).

Pump up the volume (and the kitchen).

…and the middle volume office/mezzanine, master bedroom, master bedroom closet/laundry room, and bathroom areas are now delineated.

The master bedroom and closet.

The master bedroom and closet.

shaping up.

The west side: shaping up.

Another week of framing, and the shape of the house is coming into focus. Speaking with Will at Green Bottle, he’s optimistic that, despite the financing hiccups that put us a week behind schedule, the house will be fully framed within the original 7-week estimate…

…oh, knock on wood (there’s plenty of that to go around).


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