Archive for December, 2010

Modern House Numbers

December 4th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 5. Exterior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Modern house numbers are fortunately not so hard to find these days. However, they vary widely in price and in size. I wanted a nice sans serif typeface in a large (i.e., 8″ tall) size. If you want a “name” font you pay a lot of money for those numbers (e.g., Neutra numbers from DWR are $48 each, but only 4″ tall) . However, you can get some nice affordable numbers from, where else, modernhousenumbers.com. Their supplier water jet cuts these from 3/8″ aluminum plate in several alternative typefaces. The styles are nice, even if there isn’t infinite selection, and even if they aren’t the famous proprietary typefaces.

Here are my numbers (8″ high, 3/8″ thick brushed aluminum, in “Palm Springs”). These cost $29 per number. Excellent value.

These numbers are easy to install, although very hard to get in plane and level on barnwood. (You drill a 3/16″ hole in the wall and insert a 3/16 pin with some caulk on it. The pins fit into the back of the numbers.) I didn’t get it quite right, but I suspect I’m the only one who will notice.

Modern House Numbers - 8" aluminum in "Palm Springs" typeface

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Interior Barnwood Mosaic

December 4th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

I saw a nice wall made by the Lucky Dumpster which was a mosaic of barnwood pieces. I had Trestlewood mill up a variety of colors of barnwood into tongue-and-groove “flooring.” Eric, my finish carpenter, then installed the pieces on the family room wall. It’s excellent.

Here it is finished…

Barnwood wall with TV mounted. I fed the cables through the wall directly into the a/v closet under the stair.

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Finishing the House

December 4th, 2010 by KTU | 2 Comments | Filed in 1. Planning and Design, 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Whoa. It’s crunch time. We’re trying to finish this house in the next 10 days. There are about a dozen guys scrambling all over the place. The great room is still a wood shop, but the painters are trying to work around everything.

I suspect if you have a 12-18 month construction schedule you can avoid this. But, we’ll finish this house 7-1/2 months after breaking ground. That requires some overlapping of tasks.

Of course everyone wants to “go last.” More precisely, the painter, electrician, and plumber all declared that they should be the last people on the job. I suspect that if I had wood floors, the floor guys would also want to go last. The reality is that everyone ends up iterating a bit at the end to work around each other.

The painters dodging the finish carpenters.

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Interior Details

December 4th, 2010 by KTU | 2 Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Eric and Spencer, the finish carpenters, have been highly versatile contributors. They banged out the obvious jobs like hanging doors, installing the wood ceiling, and finishing stairs. But, they also have been willing to do a lot of the interior steel work, they are installing all the door hardware, and they built all the closet interiors (which I’ll feature in a separate post).

One of the cool details in the house is an 18″ wide bench that essentially runs the length of the house. Here, is the bench in progress, along the section of the great room in front of the fireplace. The wall around the fireplace will be 10 gauge steel panels with exposed fasteners. We’re installing those over landscape fabric, as we did the barnwood and ceiling.

18" wide bench running length of house.

Here’s the bench in the more-or-less finished space.

This fir bench runs pretty much the whole length of the 68 ft. long house.

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Moving In

December 29th, 2010 by KTU | 1 Comment | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

A surprising amount of work lies between getting a certificate of occupancy (i.e., technically finishing the house) and moving in. In my case, the C.O. was issued on Tuesday and my family was scheduled to arrive on Thursday. I had ordered a house full of stuff which was piled in boxes everywhere as we were finishing the house. But, first, the layers of dust had to be removed. A hardworking crew of husband, wife, and 17-year-old son came in at 5pm on Tuesday and worked until 1am on Wednesday to clean the house. They vacuumed up a lot of dust, wiped down all surfaces, did a quick wash of interior window surfaces, mopped floors, and cleaned bathrooms. Wednesday and Thursday I sealed floors and unpacked boxes.

KU washing windows...there are only a couple of hard ones requiring acrobatics.

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Snow bound

December 29th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in Park City Mountain Modern

So fun to be snowed in at the Park City house. So far we’ve been here a few days and have had a couple of big snow falls.

Here is the house from the inside, very toasty.

View out the front window.

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Roof Performance

December 29th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 5. Exterior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

I’ve now observed a few weeks of snow on the roof. So far no ice dams and very few icicles…just what has resulted from the sun melting snow at the fringes of the exposed roof.

The snow slid off one section of the roof (the northeast corner, strangely). It was pretty dramatic when it went. We had a few quite warm days last week (around 35F/2C) and I think the ventilated roof actually allowed melting at the roof surface when warm air vented up through it. The snow bars above the hot tub are working very well.

The snow slid off one section of roof. I believe that when the roof rusts fully, the snow will stay on. There are snow bars above the hot tub (the center section of the roof).

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Wall Art?

December 31st, 2010 by KTU | 3 Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Making blank walls visually interesting is a challenge. Here’s one idea that worked out very well. I was inspired by the arrival in the mail of my son’s thick catalog of skateboard decks. We found a cool collection of Warhol images on decks and bought five of them for a total of less than $200. Here they are on his wall.

The Warhol skate deck collection.

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