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Old 01-06-2009, 01:07 AM   #46
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Back to the house - here is a shot of the siding I put around the window over the front entrance. Not properly glazed yet. Has the ever popular 6 mil poly!
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On the side of the wife's studio, she decided to hang a small flower box.
The windows are real windows, but not installed. Just nailed on to the wall with the glass painted black.
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Way up high on the west side of the house, I decided to try and install some sort of roof cover for the windows. Here is some of the framing for that.
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Remember from the pics of the model where I originally wanted to put that round pool?
Well, here is what got put there instead. Everything here is on rock, and I just was not able to dig enough out for the pool. Actually, that is the main reason that the house has to step down. It follows the rock.
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Here's looking up at the front of the place. All those soffit boards are tapered and then dadoed. Once you get a good jig setup for something like that it goes reasonably quickly.
All the cedar for the soffit came out of the ocean. In fact almost all the wood came from there. Only recently did I have to break down and buy 10,000 lineal feet of cedar from a local mill.
My failing health doesn't permit me the luxury of running the mill much any more. Maybe for the odd log if I just need a small amount.
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Simply amazing. Thank you for taking the time to write and post the pictures.
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Thank you very much retro.
Both the house and the postings are a labor of love.
I hope you continue to enjoy them.
Here's a different look at the front of the house.
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In the picture above, you can just see the front entrance to the house.
When I originally designed the house I had this completely insane obsession with curves. Still do actually.
So the front entrance has both the front and back walls curved on about a 10' radius. Quite a tight radius.
When I went to build the front door and the sill and head jamb, I thought it might look better if I tried to match the door to the curve of the front wall.
Think of it as just a small part of a giant barrel, and that is the method I used.
First made up a mould to match the curve of the wall, then cut the staves from 2" thick western red cedar (again borrowed from the ocean) made sure that I cut the angles on the sides of the staves so they would match properly.
Then I used a good quality glue and 3" long screws, the holes for which were all pre-drilled. If my memory serves me I went through a couple of boxes of screws before I was done.
It must have worked because the door is still there. The only catch is that it weighs a ton! I have it hung with 4 very heavy duty hinges.
Having spent a few years building wooden boats, I brought my old sanding talents to bear on the door. You need a good random orbital sander with about 60 grit to get the thing into basic shape. Then follow on down with ever finer grits until you're happy. There are about 7 coats of spar varnish on the door.
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The small deck in front of the entrance is also curved - what else?
So when I went to put the handrails around the deck, they too needed to be curved. The one on the left above is an "S" curve, and if you have never laminated wood into an S curve in place, rather than in some sort of mould, I can tell you it is not quite as easy as it looks. A single curve is OK, nothing to it.
The rails are made from both red and yellow cedar. Once again courtesy of Ocean Lumber Supply.
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Just wanted to say that I loved reading your posts about your house and your friends on the island. Sounds like a nice community. I used to live in Seattle/Kirkland and we would often go camping in your area. Very beautiful, but I could see how it would offer many challenges, especially with a task the size of yours, but from the pictures, it appears you like a good challenge!
I was curious, however, about your source of potable water? It doesn't sound like a well would be an option.
Thank you for sharing and look forward to more posts.
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What we have done for our water supply is the twin 3,000 gallon tanks up behind the house. The water is collected off the roof through a coarse filter, and we regularly add the oxygen type bleach to the tanks. We have a 45 gallon barrel inside the cabin, into which we pump this water as needed. There are two more filters between this barrel and the taps in the cabin, the final one being a 5 micron carbon filter.
So far, so good.
Thanks for asking.
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Going inside that curved front door now, this is the barrel vault ceiling.
Don't ask me why I do these things, must be for the sheer fun of it , I guess.
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Moving around to what we call the back of the house - even though it faces the bay - this is it from the third deck level.
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Last pic above, that odd looking screen is to protect the solar panels from the north winds.
Note that it is not solid, but has noticeable spaces between each board. This breaks up the wind very effectively, rather than trying to stop it dead.
Here another view of the back.
The studio is on the left, the curved part next to that is the back side of the front entrance and then the stairs which go into the kitchen.
If you remember the model, it appeared to be all flat, which of course it is not.
There is a single step down between the upper living room and the kitchen/dining area. Plus the additional 9 steps outside. So the slope is quite considerable.
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Let's go inside for a second. I'm going to show you the master bedroom, and some of the fun I had in there. No, not THAT kind of fun. The building kind.
The front curved wall of the MBR is just over 40' long. The back wall is about
25' long. This would make the room a fan shape, sort of.
This is the front side of the ceiling, which is separated from the back ceiling by a large compound curved beam. This beam is a trace over 35' long, and about 6' high in the centre. Both sides of the ceiling are obviously vaulted.
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