I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting new pictures of the progress... I have gotten so much done since my last blog post but have had ladders & scaffolding & stuff everywhere! I decided I needed to do some cleaning up first before I took pictures. Well, I was finally able to do that (thank you Ted!) so here you go...
|American Clay Earth Plaster|
After the drywall was complete instead of just painting the walls, I decided to go with an earth clay plaster as my final finish by a company called "American Clay." I chose this for a number of reasons... I have seen a lot of pictures of homes with the earth clay & it gives the home such a cozy feel and adds a softness to the room. There are great health benefits to the plaster as well! It is a totally natural clay & the pigments used to color the clay are made from minerals in the earth. It is mildew & mold resistant and it helps to balance the humidity & temperature levels in the room. In dry environments the clay releases moisture & in humid environments it absorbs moisture. It is low maintenance and easily fixable if needed. It also absorbs the unhealthy positive ions given off by the electromagnetic radiation of computers & such, and converts them into healthy positive ions. People believe the good feeling you have at the beach is due to the positive ions that are given off in the sand when the ocean washes up on shore. It's the same effect, so it is believed the clay can actually help to increase a feeling of well-being. But besides all that, it looks really cool and of course I LOVE playing in mud, so it is definitely my finish of choice...
|First coat of clay going on|
|First coat of clay drying|
|My dad applying the second coat of clay|
|The second coat of clay went on a bit thicker|
|Earth Clay walls complete|
|Bathroom & closet doors in|
|Me in the loft|
|View of the gable wall from the loft|
|Glean did a great job grouting the tile in the shower|
|Tile grouted & ready to be cleaned & sealed|
|We tiled the stain glass as well|
|Bathroom wall with stain glass almost finished!|
|Light shining through|
|Lance installing my cabinets|
|Kitchen cabinets in, ready for the countertops|
|Backside of the kitchen island|
|That's where the oven/cooktop will go|
|Sliding door cabinets built into the loft for extra storage|
|My plan is to put a rolling ladder along that beam|
|View of the kitchen from the living area|
|Nice view of the earth clay walls|
|Another view of the kitchen|
|Bathroom vanity in|
|Loft lighting in|
|Recessed lighting in|
I sure had fun picking that rock up with the truck & trailer! I got 3 1/2 pallets of rocks at 1200 lbs each + 10 bags of stonemix cement at 75 lbs... All went well, but I did run about 3 red lights hauling it to the cabin because the light kept turning yellow & I was afraid to stop! This was a project completed by me, my brother Jackson, & my concrete guy Billy. It's a good thing he helped, because I was pretty slow being it was my first rock job ever.
I had to add this picture of my thumb, because I'm proud of it... I used to always say that Stewart & I have put blood sweat & tears into this cabin. The truth is it was Stewart's blood, our sweat & my tears that had gone into the cabin. Well now I can officially say that MY blood, sweat, tears, love & toil have gone into this cabin...
Another project finally complete is the awesome cypress barbarian door that David Boswell built. What a fine job he did. David came back & we got the hinges painted & the rest of the lock & handle completed. Thank you David!! He's got amazing craftmanship...
|My brother Jackson posing for the camera|
|Kitchen island rock finished|
|Blood, sweat & tears... |
(Be careful when dealing with metal lath. It can act like a cheese grater to your fingers)
|Rock work on the outside is complete|
|Close up of the cottage mosaic rock work|
|Rock wall complete AND the awesome door finished|
|David finishing up the details|
|How about that for a cool entrance door to a log cabin?|
|Exterior view of the entrance door|
Up next finishing the grout & tile in the shower, concrete countertops, finishing up the plumbing, etc.... Stay tuned!!
The cypress trees for the main house are still in the swamp because it is still too wet to get in & cut them.
Pray for God's perfect timing & provision for these trees to arrive at my land...