What is one of the most exciting, most fulfilling, most…most…acchhoooo.
Oh, excuse me.
Cellulose is one of those materials that, once you start blowing you just can’t wait to be done, honestly. From recycled paper materials in your hair, nose, ears, and tucked into every nook and cranny of your clothing to heavy bales, a heavy hose you end up holding over head for minutes at a time, and a remote with the behavior of an erratic woman (hey, it’s a woman writing this post so that can be said with confidence), blowing cellulose can be tedious and messy. That being said, dense packed cellulose really adds to the comfort of each home we build as well as the sound quality.
It has been quite interesting in our Fort Collins project to go from frigid rooms throughout the house to comfort even with no doors and those winter winds and chill passing through. We started blowing on the third floor, and while netting, stapling, gluing, and blowing we ran a few small heaters. After we got the bulk fill done in the ceiling and walls it was incredible how much warmer the third floor stayed, just from those two small heaters. Comfortable enough, that even on the very cold days where the temperature outside didn’t go over 20F, those working upstairs were in their long sleeves and no jackets. That of course wasn’t the case for the machine loader on the “basement” level who was wearing snow boots, snow pants and a winter jacket while working. The proof of it’s efficiency in reducing drastic thermal changes was very apparent even from third level to main level. As one descended the first string of stairs, the temperature difference at the landing between the two, if one had to guess, was within 40F to 50F degrees-meaning the fellas in only their shirts were quickly going back up for their jackets before they ever made it to the second string of stairs (about 10 steps to a landing) and the woman dressed for a blizzard was finding it necessary to remove layers! It’s incredible what 40,000lbs of cellulose will do for a home.
We are just starting to blow cellulose into the basement level and up next is getting the drywall in, then flooring and cabinets as well as exterior finishes. An interesting feature we look forward to sharing on the main level will be the trimless drywall and beautiful natural oak doors along with all the steel. Things are shaping up and the house continues to be a sightseer for passersby.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been the jingle on our minds at our Fort Collins project these last few weeks. Between adjusting to winter temperatures and crazy winds that blow down from the mountains, our work space has been just a little chilly and most days we look like we may have added 10lbs to our person just in winter layers!
Last week we installed the large glass window/doors that over look the patio deck. This large glass fixture is on the South Side of the house, so during those chilly winter days the homeowners will benefit from the heat gains at this location!
Check out our super fun process photos and a few other window shots!
The stair way from the second to third floor went in a few weeks back. This section of stairway is a floating stairway. The treads will be an oak wrap. The stringer will remain visible and there will also be a custom steel handrail. All the metal work on this project is being done by Curly Metal Fabrication!
Above: Stair way from entry way to the “basement” level.
Above: Floating Stairway from Second Level to Third level
We can’t say enough about working with great people, and Ben Curly and his team are great to work with! Below is Andrew welding things together, which I personally was thrilled about because it meant no more hauling materials up and down a ladder!! Woohoo!!
We work hard to find good people to work with. People who can understand our process, who are interested in what we do, like what we do, and who want to be a part of what we do. We also want to work with people who like what they do and take pride in their work.
For our Fort Collins project there are exposed beams throughout the home, a custom multi-floor stair rail and custom patio railings going in. We met Ben Curley, owner of Curley Metal Fabrication, about a year before work began. While he does do structural work, he also has several other types of fabricated metal work projects. Projects like gates, metal screens, planter boxes and artistic work. You can see some of the projects he has done at his Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/CurleyMetalFabrication/
We have enjoyed working with Ben and continue to look forward to working with him throughout this project and in other projects. Everyone we have met on his team have been easy to work with, understanding, competent and responsible. They care about their work, making sure everything is done right and well before leaving and it shows.
Video of the fabrication to come!
Last week we mixed in a few crazy windy days with putting up trusses. Check out the quick video below.
As soon as the trusses were in place, we began to install the floor sheathing. This project is using the Warm Board system.
Aside from the very cool minty green color- because all floor sheathing should have cool colors, obviously- there are some other useful features.
These boards are 1.125″ thick, which makes for a very heavy to lift panel but stiff floor. That super cool mint color is a 22 gauge aluminum, which allows for heat conduction. Tile, hardwood, carpet-any floor covering, is compatible with it.
Another well thought out feature is the underside markings which help during MEP installation. The markings ensure the subs installing mechanical, electric and plumbing systems know exactly where not to drill.
Check back for more updates on the Warm Board experience!
Lets hear it for Bryan, who occasionally gets the Bobcat into some precarious places, and then back out again. He’s like a lion tamer-only it is a Bobcat (not the animal obviously) and he’s just a quiet construction guy weilding a tool bag instead of a whip. 3 cheers for Bryan!
As we showed you last week, sometimes we do what we have to do to get the work done. It isn’t always easy, especially when you are running a large piece of equipment and you have to be mindful of all the places you can’t go.
Sometimes on our job sites, we find ourselves coming up with clever solutions to tricky problems. For example, there are several large structural posts and heavy beams being placed throughout our Fort Collins project home, and we found ourselves getting crafty for an afternoon to get them in place. Getting the top beams into place for welding required the use of our truck and a custom made bobcat attachment (see bright yellow unicorn horn on the bobcat below). The attachment was made by one of our own, and has been used for several other jobs-it’s magical, just like a unicorn horn. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
And since it’s Aloha Friday, lets have one last look at the mythical Bobcaticorn…
It’s so magical.
This week we put down the bottom sill plate for our first floor and today we began marking out truss locations, and bringing trusses into the house to set in place. It is exciting to be starting the framing, as lots of people stop by to ask us what we are doing.