Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Howard's Masterpiece is Days Away

Adequate melting and snow removal on major streets allowed Howard to ride his bike to the million-dollar house today. He rode through 30F degree temps to take a bunch more photos before move-in day, which is now Thursday. Clean up is not finished yet (scheduled for tomorrow), so some of the floors and counters still need to be cleaned. Exterior photos coming in a day or two. As usual, click on any of the photos to see them larger.

The breezeway connecting the walk-out basement to the garage is being framed. Also, the pergola will be constructed to the left of these beams. Lots more cedar to come.

The colonnade through the house from the front door, beyond. Check out the bamboo floors.

The away/dining room.

The family room with plasma TV inside entertainment center (trust Howard, it's in there.)

The kitchen and eating nook.

The kitchen.

The laundry room with front-loading washer and dryer.

The vanity, sink, and mirror in the kids' bathroom. Glass block window to the left. The interesting tile pattern lining the bath/shower is visible in the mirror to the right.

One of the kids' bedrooms with the other visible through the play room. Beautiful bamboo floors.

The tub in the master bathroom lined with slate and a bit of a vanity and sink. Nearly all of the master bathroom light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and accessories such as towel rods and robe hooks have a nickel finish. The door and cabinet hardware is still dark bronze. Don't ask Howard why.

The shower in the master bathroom, also lined with slate. Check out that nickel-finished showerhead!

The dog room with dutch door, floorsink, and stained concrete floors.

The guest bathroom in the walk-out basement. The shower, not visible, is lined with slate, so slate was also used as a backsplash.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey howie, does that plasma tv swivel out of its tv stand, cause if it doesn't, that would make for some weak tv viewing.

10:56 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Yup, it's a 42" plasma teevee on a cantilever arm that extends out of the entertainment center about 15" or so. Tested it just today. The owner bought a slightly larger teevee than he specified to he, so it just barely fits rather than fits handily.

12:30 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Saurabh Barve said...

That was what I thought when I saw the entertainment center in the corner. Plus, looking at an earlier picture, I see lots of windows and sunlight coming. Was the owner not worried about glare on his plasma screen while watching football games?

Plus the room looks small. Maybe it's just in the photograph, or maybe the owners won't have any international grad students come over to watch movies on their plasma teevee.

2:18 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Glare usually comes from light sources located somewhat behind the viewer. There are windows to the right of the picture of the family room, but the kitchen is behind where the sofa will be located. No real sources of glare so it shouldn't be a problem. Also, the owner wanted the entertainment center to be to the left of the fireplace rather than to the right, which would have further reduced glare.

Additionally, the owner spent extra bucks on a low-glare plasma teevee screen, just in case.

As for the size of the family room, it is exactly as large as the owner wanted so they could fit the furniture they plan to put in there.

The owners began moving furniture in today and it looks great.

Finally, the house was designed to be somewhat compact according to a series of books called The Not So Big House which Howard specializes in. The goal is to build smaller homes with more efficient floor plans while transferring the costs from quantity of square feet to quality of finish and construction.

Howard hasn't written about this on his blog yet, but he will someday.

9:38 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, those international grad students--they really take up space. I'll bet this homeowner doesn't even KNOW any international grad students.

9:19 PM, January 09, 2007  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Nope, pretty sure they don't.

1:29 AM, January 10, 2007  

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