And everything under the Sun

So far, all the wall surfaces in our house are either Plaster, Stone or Steel.  In our master bedroom, we decided to warm up things a bit by adding some Wood.  We chose 6″ Pine tongue & groove boards to put up on the wall between the bedroom and bathroom.  Because the wall is a fairly substantial  (10′ wide and 12′ tall), we wanted something fairly light.  The pine was a good choice and also the most economical “real wood” choice.

In preparation, Jeff applied a sealer to the boards.Then we applied two coats of water-based polyurethane. Getting the first row level is important.  Then up we go.We still have another 4 feet to go but already it’s a pretty stunning wall. We really like the variations in the individual boards.

4/10/14 UPDATE;After carefully scribing the top board to our not-so-flat ceiling… (a process made much easier by setting up some of the scaffolding we used early on in the construction)…we now have this beautiful pine wall done in our master bedroom.

Not Your Father’s Lightbulb

It’s hard to imagine that the funny little orange dots on this LED (Light Emitting Diode), fixture produce as much, if not more light than an incandescent bulb. And using just a fraction of the electricity. Nearly all of the lights in our house are LEDs which will help keep our utility bills low and maybe do a little to help save the planet too.

We thought we would add a little whimsy to the lighting scheme in our master bedroom so that no matter what the weather might be like outside, we will always wake up to…..Even our amazing statue of Ganesha (Remover of obstacles), is beautifully lit with LED lights.  He is right at home in our niche.Namaste.

Getting Plastered….Again

With most of the plaster board up in the master bedroom, it’s time to play in the mud.I mix the plaster in small batches because it sets up fairly quickly and I’m not that fast.  Though not completely finished in the room, this was about all my “old” arms could handle doing in a day.  Meanwhile…Jeff worked on assembling the dresser that will end up in our walk-in closet.  Notice how organized he is. (the separate dishes of parts in the first picture).  Jeff was very proud of putting this all together by himself.  I’m proud of him too.

Westward Progress

After Jeff installed the sound proofing insulation in the wall between the living room and master bedroom, it was time to put up the plaster board.

We also worked on finishing off the little nook that is to the left of the TV cabinet in the living room.  This is where stereo equipment will eventually go with speaker conduit running to other parts of the house. It was easier to work on it while still “exposed” through to the bedroom.We were able to get most of the plaster board up behind where the bed will go and around the doorway.  There will be two individually controlled reading lights in the soffit above the bed (LEDs of course).  Its exciting to have some real progress in the master bedroom.

Don’t forget to Duct








As mentioned in an earlier post, we are installing an AirShare Room to Room transfer fan.  This will blow the heated air near the ceiling (behind the wood stove), down to floor level in the master bedroom.  Our great friend, Don Riddell of Riddell Sheet Metal built us a custom metal duct to carry that heated air.

The nearly twelve foot duct looks kind of cool I almost hate to cover it up. but…Here goes the first piece of plasterboard in the master bedroom.

Attacking the Attic

The majority of the the space in our house extends up the the “shell” of our structure giving us glorious twelve foot ceilings.  The exceptions are in the two bathrooms and closets.  We wanted to have an “normal” ceiling height in these spaces.But more importantly, we wanted to create storage space.And in the case of the space above the master bath, this is where we will put the ventilation system for the house.   So that makes this our usable attic space where in reality, the true attic space of this structure is filled with hundreds of tons of earth.

More Plaster Fun

Here I am finishing up the plaster work on the remaining exposed plasterboard in the living room.  I have to say I think I’m getting pretty good at this but I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for a living.  (it’s really hard on arms and hands).  Fortunately there will only be a few more wall surfaces in the master bedroom and bath to complete.Pretty much all that is left to do on this wall is to paint and cover the front edge of the soffit with the same corrugated aluminum panels  that we used on the kitchen soffit. Oh and add some cool LED lighting.

Electric Avenue


We continue working on the master bedroom.  First we needed to bring power from the the main breaker box. This required pulling wire through conduit that runs under the floor coming out into the closet.  From there, up through the walls to lighting and plug circuits.









One of the energy efficient/comfort features in our house will be an AirShare Room to Room transfer fan.  It will take the warmest air at the top of the living room (near the wood stove), and blow it down through the wall cavity and come out a register at floor level into the master bedroom.   It will be barely noticeable because it is  set back into the “niche”.We are hoping to find a large statue of Ganesha to display in the niche.

The Hindu deity represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors.

Just what we need to finish the house. :-) So if anyone has any unused Amazon gift points they’ed like to pass along, they would be greatly appreciated.

Closet Case

Continuing our framing efforts in the master “suite”, we worked on the closet.  We will have a nice big walk-in closet just off the bedroom and bathroom.  Rather than have a standard door we thought an arched opening might be cool.  There will be a ceiling above the closet (and bathroom), which will give us some extra storage space.  The space above the bathroom will also house the ventilation system for the house.




Alfresco Workshop

Building a house while living in part of it always poses some challenges, especially when using part of the space for a workshop.  Since the “West Wing” has been unfinished, that has been where the table saw lived.  But it’s hard to keep the dust at bay. And now that we are working on that area, it was time to move the tools out.You may recall that much of the framing material we are using in our house is from lumber milled from trees on our property.  They have been stored (and drying) in this metal carport since we moved onto the property.  We are now down to our last few boardfeet of lumber but it has opened up space to set up a somewhat protected workshop.  Someday I’ll get to build a proper workshop.  Meanwhile….








We finished framing the wall between the bedroom and bathroom. Then we framed the doorway into the bathroom.  Next will be to frame in the walk-in closet, then the ceiling over the closet and bathroom.