Yes, chickens. We’ve been building a chicken coop for a few weeks now. The frame is solidly built out of mostly treated wood, but we are using reclaimed redwood fence boards from our back property line, for the siding. It is coming along nicely. The coop itself has 6 nests. It is smaller than IRead more about Bwaaaaaak, buk buk buk buk[…]
We found a nice way to use a little bit of the old redwood fence wood we recovered from the back yard.
So far, we’ve made an outdoor dining table and bench from some of the redwood we recovered from the house we tore down. Here is a picture of the 4×6 beams that were in the living room, sitting room, and guest room of the old house. Here is the table and bench. We just askedRead more about More wood recycling[…]
Materials have a limited useful life, and more so when they are in the ground. This became evident recently at my parents house, which they and remodeled over 40 years ago. At the time when laying irrigation pipe, one used galvanized pipe. But galvanized pipe can and does corrode over time. In this case apparentlyRead more about The lifespan of materials[…]
Columns are a signature craftsman style element, and there are lots of different types that are used in craftsman homes. If you search Google images for “craftsman columns exterior” you’ll see what I mean. Most of the time, they are made out of wood. However, because they are exterior columns, and would likely have miteredRead more about Porch columns[…]
Other than a few small areas, the insulation is nearly complete, and passed inspection a couple of days ago. We are using post-consumer recycled fiberglass insulation. The small secitons you see at the top on this wall are fireproof insulation to provide a fire block so a fire can’t travel from the attic into theRead more about Insulation update[…]
We’ve opted for bead board ceilings for our outside porches and our kitchen and family rooms, a nice craftsman touch. The installation process is actually quite tedious, as the boards must be precisely cut around each opening for lights, sprinklers, outlets, and speakers grills. But the results are outstanding. Here is the back porch. YouRead more about Bead board ceilings[…]
The carpenters are working hard on the exterior of the house now, which gives us a good opportunity to consider how a house constructed today differs from those of yesteryear. We are building a house that we hope looks a little like it has been there for a long time. We like the old craftsmanRead more about Old house vs modern construction[…]