August has been quite the month. We had what can only be termed as a scheduling ‘bottleneck’. Several jobs that had to be done but were all interdependent and required some very fancy footwork to fit it all in. We had to rough in the electrical, finish the rough plumbing, put down the heating pecs on the main floor, pressurise the heating system, pour and level a concrete floor (so that it is ready for polishing in September and allows enough time for the kitchen to go in so there was a two day window in which it could be done) and fit the windows. All of this had to happen in the space of 1 week. Fun.
In about two weeks the floor will be stained and sealed to finish it, providing us with a durable, beautiful and environmentally sound floor that will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It will also be a uniform colour that will link together the whole downstairs space, we didn’t want lots of different flooring types breaking up the line of the open plan rooms. We hope that this way it will feel more like one, fluid space rather than divided up rooms.
And while all of that has been going on inside, the siding has started outside. This is the first of three finishes that will be used outside. It is grey steel siding which will last for 100 bajillion years and matches the steel roof. On the top half of the house we are going for white stucco and the front will have no steel but a mix of stucco and cedar.
Without anything to break it up the siding is pretty dominating right now. Stephen would probably use words like modern, purist, industrial. I use words like aircraft hanger. But part of the design aesthetic of the house is to give it an agricultural and quite unassuming look from this approach, though it will be softened once the stucco goes on and we put in some planting. Stephen loves it, I can’t quite get the sound of a Vulcan bomber revving out of my mind whenever I look at the garage.
Time will tell.
I worry about these things, but then I wander onto the ground floor and watch the sun dip over the horizon. Earlier and earlier the evening cools and the shadows grow longer across the so green grass. And at the moment I know that the colour of the siding is not the most important thing about this house.