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Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Nine and Ten

Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Nine and Ten

Happy Thanksgiving from Five/Eighths! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who have graciously volunteered labor/advice/tools, etc. on the Mapleleaf Residence project:

  • Andre Dubel
  • Ben Stout
  • Blake Jeffries
  • Bob Jeffries
  • Chelsea Ams
  • Jessica Grines
  • Kayla Kopke
  • Les Key
  • Lori Gerich
  • Maureen O'Brien
  • Melissa Rider
  • Michele Jeffries
  • Nate Friedman
  • Nikki Jeffries
  • Steve Wells

The project would have taken three times as long and not been nearly as fun without your help and support. Of course, there's one person we literally could not have done this without, and that's Joyce DeVries.

 Joyce? More like Thor-yce, amirirte

Joyce? More like Thor-yce, amirirte

Not only is she there helping practically every day, her experience as a house-flipper and her input as an interior decorator have been invaluable. We have something special planned for all of our volunteers once we sell the house, so stay tuned.

So, here's what we've been working on lately.

Week 9 saw the first snow of the season, and the house managed to keep 100% of the snow out. That's the whole point, right? Architects: Sheltering the World Since Ancient Historyâ„¢

As you can see above, the cedar siding is done on the house, and we are pretty happy with the results. Here's a few more shots:

 

In other Exterior News, we have built a sizable portion of the deck that goes out front. When I saw 'we', I mean Brad and a team of volunteers while I was galavanting about northern Michigan. A special thanks to Steve, Ben, Nate, Blake, and of course Joyce for their help last weekend.

 Deck Team. Not pictured: Blake. Pictured: our neighbor Wayne in the extreme background.

Deck Team. Not pictured: Blake. Pictured: our neighbor Wayne in the extreme background.


 Deck boards are cedar (what else?)

Deck boards are cedar (what else?)

You may be saying to yourself "That's a low deck", and you'd be right, you observant blog reader you! We had to make it low to get beneath the level of the floor.  We like to think of this deck as an extension of the interior living space, since the inside is relatively small. 

We got is sealed up just in time for it to be buried in snow. Michigan Weather everyone!

 That's some nice beading right there.

That's some nice beading right there.

So we've had a large hole in the front of the house that's been covered in plywood for weeks now. Today we finally had the door wall installed:

 Last remnants of the red barn color...

Last remnants of the red barn color...

It really opens of the space and makes it feel much larger. We also replaced the front door with a mostly glass one, so you can see the interior cedar wall as you walk up:

We're going to paint that door the same green color as the garage doors. Meanwhile, on the interior, we've been focusing on the kitchen and the bathrooms.

 Super minimal pulls on the island drawers

Super minimal pulls on the island drawers

 Cedar on the back of the island

Cedar on the back of the island

 Base cabinets with brushed stainless pulls

Base cabinets with brushed stainless pulls

 That cabinet on the floor will be above the refrigerator

That cabinet on the floor will be above the refrigerator

Which means we FINALLY have plumbing fixtures:

You've probably noticed the sheer amount of tile that is in these bathrooms. I don't know the exact number, but a rough estimate is 11 million individual tiles laid in just the two bathrooms.

 First floor bath

First floor bath

 Second floor bath

Second floor bath

 Storage in the first floor bath, which will also be the laundry room.

Storage in the first floor bath, which will also be the laundry room.

That's all for now...

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