Thursday, August 20, 2015

Building A House: Exterior Stone and Siding

Catch up on the #hometodiein house building adventure!
Going to Build,
 Footings/ Stained Glass part 1,
Framing Part 1
Framing Part 2

Last summer we started building our home. 
Here's the info on the choices we made for the exterior.
Well, my husband Rhett was actually in charge of the exterior choices.
Our goal was kind of a rustic cottage feel.

Since our architecture was somewhat craftsman with the big gable, we decided to use siding for the majority of the home.
Rhett also wanted to use rock on the facade of the house.

To add some character and kind of a older home feel, we went with grid-paneled windows.
The round attic window is just a 42" diameter plain window.

When Rhett was researching products and colors, I just gave him a few colors I didn't want.
Basically, I really wanted the siding to be a color that wasn't in the neutral/ tan/ brown arena.
We live in the desert that is already brown and barren and I wanted our house to not blend in with the blah.
Rhett's favorite color is black, so I wasn't surprised when he picked the black color swatch.
Hardie Board  color plus 8" lap siding planks in Iron Gray
Gable: Staggered Edge Shingle also in Iron Gray
Trim: Hardie Planks in Arctic White
We went with the factory processed colored cement siding because the color warranty is for 15 years.  Hopefully the color will last longer than that before we need to paint.

 The Iron Gray color has a hint of blue, so I think depending on the time of day it looks dark gray or navy blue.  I ended up really liking the dark gray Rhett picked.  It was different, but not too wild.  I can't remember what he wanted to use as the color for trim, but I did insist on white.  He was worried it would be too much of a shocking contrast with near-black and bright white trim, but I finally told him to trust me and I'm glad I pushed for the white.

This is the back of the house.  There's the basement walk out patio, and the back deck above that.
On top are the huge holes for attic windows.

With rock it seemed much more cost effective to go with local distributors, and Rhett picked out a local company that manufactures faux rock.
It was more affordable than real stone and saved us on the labor install as well.  You also don't have to pour a concrete stone ledge in your foundation to support it like real rock requires.

Harristone Uintah ledgestone.  color: Cape Cod
Rhett chose the darkest color scheme that was more gray than brown.
We chose the installers to use the drystack method, where the rocks all touch with no grout.
For our bids, the prices were pretty much the same between drystack or the regular spaces and fill in with grout.
I guess the drystack is more annoying to install, as they had to have more cuts and notch out rocks for a tight fit, but then they were done and didn't have to come back and grout anything.
For the style of rock Rhett chose, we liked the horizontal rocks to not have grout spaces.

The crew that installed the rock was really fast and did most at night.

To meet code in our area, they had to caulk all their staple holes, which is what the white dots are on the unfinished areas.

We have a funky front door, and I was really nervous about the rock going around a 5' circle, but they did so great.  The rock was pretty much perfect around the curves.

So that is the exterior.
This was a nice phase because we hired the roofing, siding, and rock out so we just sat back and watched it go up.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Men's Custom Boxing Trunks

I made some boxing trunks for my friend Juan Higuera. The white satin is double lined. I made two stencils for the side designs, one for the gold, one for the black. His name on the back is my favorite detail.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wall Mounted Potting Bench

My kitchen doesn't get enough sunlight to keep fresh herbs in the kitchen, so I built this simple bench with a concealed plant light to grow everything I want. I used grey stain for the rustic finish.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bridesmaid Skirts

I recently made six bridesmaid skirts. They were for a wedding party in a different state so I wasn't able to do fittings with any of the ladies. I was happy that that all the sizing turned out right! The skirts were made with a sliver satin under layer and deep purple chiffon top layer. I love the finished look.

Photo by JC Lemon

Friday, November 28, 2014

New Boxing Bag

I have an exciting boxing update. I'm sparring 3 nights a week and I'm working toward my first fight! I'm very excited about it and some days I can hardly believe it. 

Since I've started sparring I have a lot more gear to carry around so I had to make myself a new bag. I had been using a bag that Jessica made in her high school sports sewing class. You can admire her teenage work below:

For the new bag, I just used fabric that I had laying around. There are a lot of pockets to hold the small bits like hand wraps, water, and mouth guards.  I made the main body of the bag extra large so I can just chuck everything in it instead of having to tetris shoes and gloves and headgear all the time.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Updated Studio with Tailor's Bench

Our house has been in the process of being reorganized and remodeled all year. My sewing area was originally in the basement but after all was said and done, it has ended up in my over sized closet. It's a lot less space that I've been accustomed to for the past five years, but I've actually enjoyed being forced to simplify. I downsized to 3 machines and I got rid of two thirds of my fabric which filled an entire car.

The crowning jewel of my new work space is the tailor's bench. My brother Herschel and I designed and built it together. It has storage shelves, a large smooth work area, and a press board on hinges that can easily be lifted out of the way if needed. I decided to build the tailor's bench this way to consolidate space, that way I don't need to have three separate work areas like I used to.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Framing part 2

It's been so stressful these last months and I've cursed more in the that time than in the rest of my entire life put together....but our most recent inspection gauged the house is 50% done so we're getting there!  The dream to move in by Christmas is dead, but we knew it wasn't likely in our rural area to have things move as fast as we'd like.

Catch up on the #hometodiein house building adventure!
Going to Build,
 Footings/ Stained Glass part 1,
Framing Part 1

Rhett and I designed our house in early in 2012.  We had a basic drafting software program to plan it all out, then turned it over to an architect to make it official and up to code.  Our initial floor plans were for a modest home we intended to later sell. Basically a 3 bed starter house as practice-build.  A year later, we were actually starting to get serious about building the thing and what was going to be a starter home changed into our dream/ live in it until we die home.  I am so glad we went this track, because building a house is a nightmare and I am glad I will never do it again, and (hopefully) never have to move again.

So to be here forever, we decided to finish the basement and we redesigned the roof to use previous wasted attic space.  Working with the truss designer and our architect, I added side dormers to make head room for stairs.  This allowed a 19' wide attic room from the front to the back of the home.   Trusses required a crane to set them, luckily it only took one day to plop them all up there.

View from the front of the house.
 The open hole on top of the house looked weird.  One neighbor asked what the airplane hangar was for.
View out the back of the house in the attic.
This attic is by far my favorite space.  Or at least if all my ideas work out, this will be my favorite space...more to come on the plans for up there later.
The attic extended over the back deck, which I was glad because I got more room up there.  Rhett wasn't a fan of that change, as the original roof design had a vaulted roof over the deck and now it's regular height.  I prefer the normal ceiling to help it hopefully feel like an outdoor living space with more protective roof over it.  Mainly I like the idea of being able to hang outdoor curtains to shade the west setting sun or just provide privacy. We'll see how it all pans out.

This is the little pop out where my stained glass window my mom and I made will go.

In the beginning so much happens.  In two weeks we went from a foundation to a house.

One feature I was excited about in my new attic plans was a round window in the center front.  It became a really important design element for my vision of the space up there and a theme that bled its way through other areas of my interior designing in the last 9 months of planning. 
I always had wondered how they frame in a round or radius window, it was interesting. Basically make a sheeting frame and line it with stud chunks between 2 layers.  The window is 3.5' or 42" in diameter.
The roof was originally a hip, which means it slopes away from the front.  Adding my attic space required a front to back gable, which is basically triangles stacked upright.  It changed the architecture of the exterior from what I considered traditional to more Craftsman.  Rhett was more on "Team Hipped Roof", but I was "Team Gable".  I thought for our floor plan, the gable made the front more interesting to add dimension rather than just a sloping black roof. 

This is a wrinkled page of the original exterior with the hipped roof.

 I told the architect my plan for the redesign and he was also on Team Hipped Roof, and asked if I was sure on the huge front to back gable at least 3 times.  It was the only way to add the huge attic the way I wanted, and yes I was sure.  But so far I love the change it gave the whole exterior.  I am not bold enough to design anything super crazy, but I like that what we ended up with is somewhat unique.  A nephew came over and said: "that round window reminds me of the creepy houses in scary movies" I laughed and thought we definitely need to do something creepy for Halloween down the road...actually I already have a plan my kids will love.

Next the guts, roof, and exterior!


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