27 Jul Closing in!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Corrugated metal is hard to cut. We also found out that we didn’t build in enough reveals. To take away the glare and age the metal, we painted the steel with Muriatic Acid, which ate right through the sponges. It made me wonder what my gloves were made of, since they were not phased.
It was an exciting moment when the kitchen island was completed (with 8 people hauling the concrete table top to the wooden frame). We then snacked in celebration and felt the goodness of 16 people easily crowding around the table and sitting on the rock wall.
We also had rain today for the first time. We saw the clouds coming, and the lightning foreshadowed the rain. It was a nice feeling to be sheltered by our roof from something other than the sun. Shelter with a view, none-the-less. The wide overhangs bring you closer to the edge of the rain. Afterwards, the rain cooled the air by at least 10 degrees. Within 15 minutes the sky was clear and cheery, as if nothing happened. We’re so lucky we haven’t had to deal with mud during this project!
The end of the day was frustrating; we had much problem solving on the fly, but it will all work out, and I think it will be even stronger in the end. There has been so much to learn! I’m continually thankful for all these little challenges, though. Things can’t be too easy! After all, there’d be no good stories to tell!
Not believing we’ll be soon be completing this adventure,
I am in a dual Masters program in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. I am participating in the RAW Dakota 2011 workshop in Custer, SD July 13-27, 2011 and blogging about the experience. Any thoughts you'd like to add? Thanks for reading! – Keihly Moore