Chris and Anne from New Leaf Custom Homes came round today to do the final few thing we needed to have finished so that the house can be inspected by the local planning office. All that needed to be done was to have a cap put on the balustrade of the stairs to bring it up to code-compliant height and add a decorative finish; and to install the stainless steel handrail. We also wanted to have a cover put in the attic entrance, although that isn’t usually necessary to pass the final inspection.
The house is mostly made of spruce, but the shoji sliding screen doors and frames for the (still unfinished) Japanese room are fir, and as this room is the first thing one will come to at the top of the stairs, it seemed to be a nice idea to have the cap on the balustrade to be fir too. Eventually it will be stained the match the shoji. The stainless steel handrail and attachments came from Krystalyte in Quebec. It’s good to have a bit of industrial steel to offset all that rustic wood (much as we love the wood).
But the important thing for now is that we are ready to be inspected!
Framing the attic opening
Making the hatch
The finished attic hatchway
Looking towards the bathroom (foreground: pendant lamp shades for fiting)
Today the crew inched ever closer to finishing in many areas. The kitchen tiling is just about done and the kitchen cabinets will be next. The flooring is complete, and the window trim is too. Things we had got used to seeing since the whole CLT structure was put together and the windows were first installed back in December last year – particularly the raw CLT ceiling / floor ends in the stairwell, and the air-sealing membranes and tape around the windows – are finally invisible. The last stage of this will be the interior doors, which should arrive sometime in the next two weeks (we had to get them made to a custom height). Like the turquoise-tiled kitchen wall, the doors will also add splashes of colour as we will be painting them to a certain theme… but that’s to come.
This is going to be another one of those posts with a bit of everything, because that’s just how progress is going right now. This week, all of us have been involved in a number of different jobs, working towards making the place habitable in October. So, I’ve been putting together Ikea kitchen cabinets and shelving, Steve is continuing to work on the stair flooring, Dan has been doing the window trim, and Chris and Anne have been tiling in the bathroom, and now the kitchen… all the work the crew has been doing is really careful and top quality, but I particularly want to thank Dan this week for his beautiful work on the window trim, which isn’t really reflected in these photos. We’ll have better pictures of all this once things are closer to being finished.
Steve and Dan cutting and sanding on the deck
Window trim reading to be installed
Dan takes care on the long window in the stairwell
A fully-trimmed small window
Trimmed and open…
The stairs are almost finished
Gingerbread hickory stairs contrast with natural spruce walls
Assembled but unfixed ‘Ivar’ shelving from Ikea in the pantry
In the bathroom, Chris cuts…
…and Anne tiles.
Making sure of the size of the kitchen cabinets
Tiling the kitchen wall
These are 12″ x 3″ turquoise ceramic tiles from Olympia