Tuesday, September 4, 2012

White Pine all Around

Well, September is here at last: the leaves are changing, its cooling down a bit, and you can tell the birds are starting to think about heading for greener pastures. But for us, Sept. means we're getting down to the wire on our schedule and we're going to really have to hustle if we're going to get everything done by the end of the month. 

I finished up the last of the exterior woodwork on the north side the other day. Now all that's left is the top of the gable end on the south side, and a couple bits of trim and decks. Very exciting! Next week we'll do some site-work and bring the soil level up, then we'll be able to finish up the decks and really call the exterior finished.

North side all buttoned up. Now just site-work and decks. 

But, even better: the gang has been getting a lot of the interior white-pine paneling up on the inside of the house. They finished both the big loft ceiling and the low kitchen ceiling, and this week we'll get started on the walls. Below, you can see the view from the entry-way with the ceiling boards bending to follow the crook of the house and lead you into the main-space. The slots you see are spaces for recessed lights - LED strips that will be mounted up in the slot, with a white pine valence covering them. Should look like a piece of the ceiling has 'popped' out and light will be spilling out behind. (ala the Parsons/SIT Solar-Decathlon exterior lighting designed by Chris Steffens)

view from the front door looking south
The interior pine is a center-match profile that we had a local lumber yard mill up for us. It has a nice tight face without any V-groove, but has a micro-bevel to give the individual panels definition (and make it more forgiving to lay-up) Below you can see the lumber close up - its all No. 2 or better - pretty nice stuff so far. 
White Pine interior paneling
These next few weeks will be great as things start to get closed-up, with the house's finishes and details beginning to take shape. We've got a lot of woodwork ahead of us over the next little bit - but that's the fun part after all.

Kid's sleeping loft, looking north. The strips left out are to allow insulation to be blown in behind it.