Now that the stain is done, and the painters masking has been removed, we can see the living room fireplace complete.
When we cleared out the bramble that was along our back property line, there was quite a bit of old fence in there, some of it flopped on the ground, some of it buried in the foliage. We saved any of the wood that was not too far gone. Even as bad as some ofRead more about More recycled wood[…]
When we tore down the old house, we saved quite a bit of wood. Stuff like exposed beams, structural beams, and even wall studs and floor joists, all redwood. Much of it is old growth, tight grain, clear heart redwood. We also got quite a few old redwood fence and shed boards, which we areRead more about Old wood[…]
Our house, being a craftsman, is very angular. Pretty much everything is a right angle and there are almost no curves. Almost, because, at the bottom of our stairs, we decided to make the last two treads curved where they extend past the wall. Here is a normal section of stairs. On top goes theRead more about Dealing with curves[…]
I’ve gotten quite an education on stair railings over the last two months. It fell upon me to determine the code requirements we had to meet, what parts we needed and what designs, and the particular quantities and lengths. For starters, a few terms Newel post – an upright post that supports the handrail ofRead more about Stair railings[…]
It’s been almost a month since my last burst of posts, and it’s been quite a month. Frustratingly little progress in terms of what we can call complete, but lots of work going on there an there, just more slowly than we want. The estimates of our move in date keep getting pushed back. Originally,Read more about April – what a month it’s been[…]
Now that we are managing the schedule, Charlie gets to wear his bags and do some finish carpentry. He finished the living room fireplace surround a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out really nice. Now we just need the inset tile.
Last month, our finish carpenters installed the barn doors in the basement. The barn doors will mostly sit open, as they sit in front of the craft room, which seldom needs privacy. I supposed if the kids are getting too noise in there, and there is someone in the rec room next door that wantsRead more about Barn doors[…]
When I had a bachelor pad, I had a closet system installed in the master closet. It was this type of system. It looked decent, and was functional, but it was expensive, and not really built to last. After a few years, the melamine started peeling off in a few places, the plastic levelers underneathRead more about Carpenter built closet vs closet systems[…]
When I had my bachelor pad, I had a fancy closet system installed. It wasn’t cheap and I wasn’t that impressed with the quality of construction and the value. So this time around, we opted instead to just have our carpenters fabricate much simpler closets out of MDF, which will then be painted. Here isRead more about Closets[…]