Eleanor helps with final touches the other day as another excited family gets ready to move in. Officially in the punch list stage, so I thought we would put up a few photos.
Now that the outside is pretty much wrapped up on our latest project, we’re spread over all three floors of the interior of the Sun Ridge House, attempting to put all the various trim to bed by the end of August.
We’re back to plywood accent walls among other things, but have felt our pattern of uniform size widths on past houses has grown stale. So, we’re trying varying widths and a more patchwork pattern. In the living room shot, you can see the plywood carry all the way across the sunken living room to an elevated reading nook.
In the master bedroom, there is also an elevated reading area that Jack is busy installing the plywood in. Jack shows off the transom window from that room that casts southern light into the stairwell. Order up!
Meanwhile, Tom has been busy designing and installing a mosaic tile pattern for the masterbathroom. It’s a small detail, but I like how Tom carried the mosaic feel into the shampoo niche rather than just putting one large tile.
Figured it was time to post a few photos of what we’ve been up to this summer. Closing in on finishing up a house for a young and growing family right off of Rio Rd.
We’ve pretty much wrapped up the exterior. I like the simple contrast of opposing roof lines between the house and porch roof. This is the primary view and entrance as you come up the driveway. Plus, the small cedar bump outs add a lot of warmth too.
It’s a pretty basic off the shelf pressure treated wood railing detail, but to add some interest and texture, we varied the picket spacing into an undulating pattern. The whole railing and columns still need to be stained a cedar color to play off the cedar bump outs, which I think will help unify the exterior. We also carried that varied picket pattern to interior railings as well.
Well, we always tell people that we only build houses in the City of Charlottesville. But, I guess there is always an exception to the rule.
We are under roof on our latest and beginning to work our way around installing the rigid insulation to the exterior, windows, doors and hardie panel siding. I guess we justify venturing past city limits by the fact that that we are under five miles from downtown and Tom is already biking to work.
But, the real reason has to be hitting it off with our clients from the get go. They have a son about the same age as Eleanor and we’ve spent the last year leading up to the build having various budgeting and design meetings while having our kids run all over the place.
One thing our clients did from the get go is bring the energy consulting firm Think Little into the process. Working with Think Little, we ran all sorts of energy models based on different types of windows, wall sections, and insulation such that our clients could make an informed decision on payback when having to select these various components as well as the size of their overall mortgage. We also had them independently design our hvac system, which I hope to get to more in a later post.
This should keep us rolling through the summer before breaking ground on our next spec house this fall.