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. Or 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Santa brought us a new air compressor for our “air lift” well pump so we decided to give our well head and compressor a dry place to live.You may recall the boat pilot house we were using for a tool shed up next to the house. Now that it is not needed anymore, its new purpose will be to protect our well head and air compressor. First we built up a base for it. Then Dozy got a bit of a workout.The pilot house is made out of very thick aluminum so there is no way that Jeff and I could have lifted it ourselves to place on the base. So Dozy to the rescue. With that done (taking advantage of the glorious weather), it was time to get inside and finally start working on our “West Wing”First up was working on the wall that separates the master bedroom from the bathroom.
In keeping with our “minimal straight wall” philosophy, we just had to add a slight bend to the bedroom wall. It’s a little bit difficult to see it in these pictures but it really helps define the space. It was great to make some real progress after weeks of “other diversions” like a busy job schedule and the holidays.
Well it’s been a while since we have posted any updates on our site. November & December have been very busy for work (just not on the house). So I’m afraid that has not been too much progress.We did however have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with over 20 guests. Which proved the benefits of having an open floor plan and much of our furniture on wheels.Christmas has been a little quieter. We got our tree from the side of our hill, (our own Christmas tree farm). It’s great being able to have a 12′ tall tree in the house. We did manage to get some electrical work done and plasterboard up on the Pantry wall.We are looking forward to working on the Master Bedroom “Wing” as we move into the New Year.
Cheers to all.