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Monday, April 20, 2015

Building Characters

Our Dream Playhouse Project is uniting a mixed bunch of craftsmen, laborers, artists and artisans. The architect and contractor had never worked together before, both talked into this by yours truly. I'm treading lightly to see how exposed the egos are around here, especially those of people used to being sole "Leaders of the Parade", who are now playing nice in a sandbox that is costing all of us money and time.
A builder friend of our architect, came up with some old weathered planks and fabricated the barn doors. He went a little medieval with the hammered metal and round nail heads but we can't be too controlling in this situation and it's an interesting lesson in letting go and having faith in the end result.

 I brought in a painter, who has the ability to create any finish that can be imagined. I wanted to go over what he was going to do where, but he told me that he knew what he was going to do and didn't need to go over it. He's not much of a communicator but the results are showing great promise.

 The front entrance to the house is arched and cut into a Dutch door.
 The texture of the wood shows beautifully through the worn finish treatment and the door knob is just perfect.
 Three of our trades have postponed from today until tomorrow. They're going to be on top of one another, vying for elbow room, in the morning. The wooden ramp, that will make our house accessible to all, is almost done. I've been working on the design of the stone threshold so that it meets the wood floor on one side and the ramp on the other, without any insurmountable bumps in the road.
Our house looks a naked, for now but I'm expecting my next post to have finished walls and roof.
Fingers crossed on that!


12 comments:

  1. Where will you put it when it is done?

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  2. Birdie, there are twelve houses, of different inspirations, which will be displayed for a month and then auctioned off to the highest bidders. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together, non-profit. They will end up in the back yards of the lucky kids whose parents buy them.

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  3. What an awesome project to be part of. How are the knees?

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    1. e, knees are greatly improved, mainly by the lack of time for any kind of exercise right now. Unintended consequences:)
      The roof is on, not without a few bumps in the road. 7pm this evening, still at work, up on a 12 ft ladder, scraping excess morter off my antique tiles. Someone's gotta do it!

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  4. Those doors are wonderful. And the arched front door is truly amazing. At this rate, maybe someone will buy it for a nice little summer house instead of a playhouse for the kids. It's going to be gorgeous.

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    1. Jean, tthe door finish will be enhanced on Thursday. The interior beams were stained today. Glad you like it. Our design allows for the little house to become a home office, Art or Yoga Studio.

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  5. I can see both sets of doors fitting perfectly into any game children can think of . Heidi anyone ? Or Knights and Dragons ...

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    1. S&S, visualize bright lipstick-red window boxes, a rope to slide down indoors...It's coming together.

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  6. I wouldn’t mind owning the adult version myself. It’s a lovely house already.

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    1. Friko, I'm trying to turn the tide of sterile modernism that is prevalent where young people without culture or taste earn pots of money and reach out to the hotels in which they've been staying on business for design inspiration. There's a basic simplicity to Provencal design but it is couched in organic textures and hand-crafted lines.
      The verdict will be in after the auction.

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  7. I am in love with that doorknob! We have glass doorknobs all over our house and I love them as well. The farm house in Iowa, where I grew up, had a Dutch door and I have often wished for one. It was so lovely and so useful in weather that was cool...

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    1. Maria, I love the sound of your farmhouse in Iowa. This Dutch Door is cut a little high for a kid's playhouse. The little ones will be on tippy toe to look over it. I rolled with it when the architect and builder were making that decision. Too many cooks, etc.

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