A few recent images of this exterior stair. The stair is suspended from the Douglas Fir beam above on stainless steel rods. The stringers were water jet cut and then had channels welded on to receive the stainless rods and to hold the treads. The treads are individual pieces of Ipe held together by stainless steel rods. Another example of the great craftsmanship and attention to detail that has characterized the work on this project!
What a pleasure it is to work with great craftsmen. There are few things more satisfying for us as architects than to see one of our designs built with care and attention to detail. The stair for the Clark Road project is a great example. The clean lines and simple palette of materials make for a sculptural stair that complements the interiors of the house. The craftsmanship brings it to life, enhancing the clarity of the design intent. Thanks to Steve, Will, Zach and Ben for their efforts on the wood components of the stair, thanks to Mike and his crew for the great sheetrock work and thanks to Bob for the excellent painting.
Finish materials are being installed inside this modern Vermont house and it is great to see the interiors coming to life. The floors are Ipe, a Brazilian walnut, with a dark ebony stain. This Ipe has a beautiful, earthy richness with a surprising amount of color and variation. The interior spaces are flooded with natural light which now glows as it is reflected off the colorful floors. The white walls and ceilings add to this affect, reflecting the light back into the spaces. The custom-made walnut cabinets are being carefully fitted into place throughout the house now as well. (Thanks to Mark and Louie for their great work on these.) Shown here are some images from the kitchen (where the wall oven, cooktop and refrigerator will be) and the master bathroom (featuring a floating vanity cabinet). Check out more images of this modern house here.
Exterior siding work is nearing completion on this project despite the winter weather. Exterior siding materials used are standing seam metal roofing panels, Douglas Fir wood, and two colors of Eter-Color cement board siding. Eter-Color is a high-density cement board with the color integral to the material (solid throughout) that requires no finish. It is installed over rainscreen strapping with a reveal between each panel. The result is an exceptionally durable and maintenance-free siding. Interior finish work is underway, progress shots coming soon.
A few snowy images of the Clark Road project. As beautiful as the snow is (and as great as it is for skiing), it does present some challenges for construction work. A bit of energy each day is devoted to shoveling and staying warm. Despite the snow and cold weather, progress continues. Exterior siding work is nearing completion, electrical and plumbing rough-in work is moving steadily along and insulation work has begun. In the studio, we are busy with design and detail work for the interior finishes.
Exterior siding and roofing work continues at the Clark Road project. The exterior siding materials are standing seam metal and high-density solid-color fiber cement board rainscreen cladding. The color is integral to the cement board and there are no surface coatings required (paint or otherwise) which makes for a very durable maintenance-free siding material. The gray colors of the metal and cement board contrast nicely with the exposed fir beams and complement the natural setting of this house.
Great progress continues on the Clarke Road project. Windows are in and the standing seam roofing work has begun. The metal roofing wraps down on the walls of the north elevation and on the wing walls of the living room deck. The charcoal gray color of the roofing contrasts nicely with the warmth of the exposed fir (and the fall foliage colors).
Framing is well underway on the Clark Road project. This week, the cantilevered fir beams were installed for the first floor deck and walkway. Framing of the first floor system will wrap up this week. Framing of the first floor walls will begin next week. Preliminary backfilling is complete and the garage walls and roof are framed.
Thanks to the unusually warm Vermont winter, site work is moving ahead steadily on the Clark Road house. The drive is in place and preliminary excavation work is complete. The blasters were on site this week to clear up some ledge. Final prep for foundations will begin next week. Meanwhile, design work continues at a feverish pace in the studio in anticipation of construction.....
Take a look at these schematic design images of a new house that's in the works. This house has an interesting program with a great site and promises to be an exciting project. The site is a south-facing hillside with the drive following an old logging road that winds up the hill. The house is designed to be parallel to the site contours to maximize southern exposure and minimize site grading work. A series of terraces will tie the house into the landscape and create a variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy the beautiful property.