Blog posts for April 2011


April 30, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

Today we began installing standing seam metal on the west side of the house and white pine on the southern facade, where it will be protected from the elements by the deep porch.

The windows line up with the panel seams.

Doors and Windows

April 29, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

The carpenters and roofers have spent the last few days working on details: the window and door exterior trim (cedar) is installed and most of the trim for the standing seam metal siding is up.

The exterior doors have also been set - we'll finish them later.

Nick Perez and his crew started putting up the custom downspouts - eventually they will direct rainwater to collection barrels under the house.

The Guts

April 27, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

Construction continues at a fast pace even though we haven't been blogging as much - the guts of the building are just a bit more difficult to capture well in photograph.

Allison Electric has just about finished installing the electrical rough in over the last 3 days.

P&P Plumbing has finished installing the plumbing rough-in.

And today we began the first step in setting the shower pans - in this case a base of concrete is formed to slope down to the drain in our outdoor shower.

We hope to get everything ready for inspection by Friday so we can start with insulation next week!

Multitasking . plumbing . hvac . flashing . trim . . .

April 20, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

This week has already been packed with activity. The plumbing, heating and mechanical, carpentry, framing, and roofing trades have all been working (and Ryan's head might explode).

One "finished" window.  The carpenters started making the cedar window boxes. These extend out around the windows on the east and west facades (and this one on the north) to provide extra protection from the sun and rain as well as an added degree of privacy.

Now looking inside the house...

You always need to consider the less glamorous trades in design, and sometimes they get tricky. Plumbing has started winding through the walls, and a mass of mechanical ductwork is growing upstairs in the storage "attic," and everywhere else. These ducts will provide hot and cold air to every room in the house, and a few of them will play a part in shelving and storage design throughout the house.

Ductwork / soon-to-be integrated shelving.  In the day's mistake is the next day's cat.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

April 19, 2011. By lowdesign. 2 comment(s).

Things have been moving so fast the last couple of weeks that we haven't been able to keep up the blog! The standing seam roof is almost done. Nick Perez and his crew have been doing a great job thus far creating a tight, cleanly detailed roof.

The metal supplier actually brings out coils of metal (in our case galvalume) and roll out the panels on site to spec and length.

You need plenty of parking space to do this.

Then the panels are put into place one by one. The seams are clamped and then rolled with a machine to insure a tight fit.