and then there was fire

We don’t really get the opportunity to do that many furniture pieces, but at the recently completed Riverbluff House, the homeowner came up with a simple design for a freestanding fireplace, which consists of a metal and stainless steel box sitting on top of a tile platform.

The burner unit puts out a pretty awesome flame which is powered by bio ethanol, a clean burning fuel that doesn’t need venting as the combustion only creates a little steam and water vapor.

Tom, as always, has hard time containing his own vanity…


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Open House This Tuesday!

123 Riverbluff Circle
(Google Maps)
Tuesday, May 29, 4-6:30pm
Beer, juice and snacks

We are just finishing up on a great new home for a family in the Riverbluff Community. We would love for you to stop by to check it out before we pass it on to the new owners.

Parking is very limited! Please respect neighbors. If you can, walk, bike, carpool or park by the concrete wall at the entrance to Riverbluff. Otherwise, the cul de sac is fine. Young ones encouraged.

Did I mention free beer?

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Sometimes it worth stopping and asking for directions

We just installed the plywood wall panels in the double height foyer of our latest Riverbluff home.  Routed into the panels is a subtle map of Charlottesville.

Our client, and soon to be new homeowner in 3 weeks time, came up with this great idea as a fun and tactile way to welcome people into the home.  We painted red dowels to represent various points of interest, including the location of the house and the local elementary school among others.  Since the main living space is on the 2nd floor, it’s great to give reason for visitors to pause in the voluminous, glass filled entry before heading up the stairs.

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Latest from Riverbluff

Here’s a few updated pictures of what we’ve been up to on our latest house at Riverbluff Circle. On the exterior, we installed all the cypress siding, which really warms up the exterior and helps the windows in the two story atrium to pop.

On the interior, we’ve been busy installing all the hardwood floors, the plywood mosaic accent walls and various trim. My pictures are a little crude and don’t do justice to the 2nd floor, which is this great light filled open plan with the living room and dining in one large open zone and the kitchen and sitting area in the other.

The two areas are divided by the stairwell and the large atrium area that looks down on the ground floor. Since the main common living area is up a flight, it’s great to have this much needed open connection to the main floor. We also clad the ceiling of the atrium in the same cypress as the exterior to both bring the outside in and to highlight the specialness of the front entry.

The house recently went under contract without getting a chance to formally list on the MLS, so we’ve got an eager and excited family that’s not allowing us to slack off too much.

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Coming Together

We’ve been pretty lucky this last month or so with the weather.  All of the tradesmen have been working on the inside forcing us to be outside installing the siding.  Except for a few ridicuously cold and gusty days after after the new year, the gods have been smiling on us.

We have worked our way around the whole house installing almost all the hardiepanel siding.  We went with the prepainted variety this time around mainly because we didn’t want cold weather to halt the painting process.  We also had our friends at Martin Roofing bend up a whole slew of specialty siding joints and flashing out of aluminum, which we prepainted prior to installing.

These last few days, we’ve rolled onto installing the galvalume metal roof that wraps down part of the backside.  We’re hoping to have our cypress siding in the next week to complete the outside soon.

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Under Roof

We’ve had a spate of great fall weather which we’ve taken advantage of by framing up our next house at 123 Riverbluff Circle.  We burned the candle until dark this past Friday night, but we are under roof in advance of a rainy week ahead.

Thus far, the greatest element of this house are the incredible pastoral views out the back of the house. The rear of the house looks out towards an undeveloped part of a cemetery and on towards downtown Charlottesville.

At some point, we hope to find the time to get some out of date sketches and info on this house on our portfolio page, but my guess is it will probably be awhile.

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A Baker’s Dozen

Excited to start house number twelve for Latitude 38. It was a nice balmy October evening to be pouring concrete into the dark. We had to use the lights of the pickup truck in order to clean up, but we’ve got our foundation walls in.

Earlier in the week, Digs Inc. cut out the dirt.  Hopefully, we will get some renderings soon up on the website of what the house will look like.

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