Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Constant State

I guess it's testament to craziness and the constant state of half-done around here that my friends can come over to hang out and eat and chat and not bother to ask what the deal is with this stuff and why it's in the middle of our livingroom:

They're used to it...or perhaps they are just too polite :)

I thought I would have (and should have) had this done and ready to show you long ago, but once I got the basic idea out there were just too many delicious possibilities presenting themselves and I lost my focus in a sea of indecision.
But an even better excuse is that there's a healthy dose of Boy-gineering involved, too, so I was waiting on him to work his magic...which is actually prelude to some even neato-er magic he's been working on (and off) since we moved in.

Full disclosure shortly...I hope!



Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Splatgirl,
Thank you for keeping up the blog and providing so much great information. Your creativity is inspiring, and the house is beautiful! We are building a home in Indiana (on a lake - beautiful view) It is not the modern style of yours but is otherwise similar - all ICF, concrete floors, radiant heat, steel floor joists (Hambro), trimless doors & windows, flat roof, etc., about the size of yours, but also a full basement with additional garage, workshops, rec room. We are also doing most of the work ourselves, although we have a wonderful friend/contractor who is there with his crew when we need them. I have lots of questions for you, but I'll limit myself to 2 right now:
- What brand of windows did you use? I can't quite read the stickers on the pics. Are you happy with their performance?
- Do you use your roof space as living area/green space? We intend to use ours as a giant patio and garden area, taking advantage of the view. Have you had any issues with the roof?
It's very difficult to find anyone around here who can comprehend having a residential flat roof. It is also difficult to find good information about specific window manufacturers - we want to go with insulated fiberglass, and they all seem to be in Canada.
Sorry to go on so long. Thanks again, and keep up the wonderful work!

4:17 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi ya
sounds interesting, familiar and fun!

We used Huron windows, yes, from Canada, where, as perhaps you're discovering, most of the cutting edge, cold climate building technology comes from. They look and work great so far. Ask me again in 20 years :)

The roof was/is absolutely intended as living space and in fact, that concept was one of the driving forces for my design from the outset. In my thinking, what's the point of a flat roof otherwise?
I anticipate that project is still a few years down the road, however. Ideally, I'd like to have the upper portion as a combination of intensive and extensive greenroof with living space. Not sure we're ready to work that hard again!

So far the roof membrane has been perfect in terms of function, and I'm confident I'll be saying that 10 or 15 years from now, too, but I guess that remains to be seen.

good luck!

5:02 PM  
Blogger christina said...

We are getting to the landscaping part of our project and I am curious how you handled the landscaping for your house? We have some ideas but I need more as inspiration on what we can attempt to carry out without being expensive. You have such great ideas and do so much research- I would love to see what you have come up with....

cdr in Memphis

8:20 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

hi Christina
I wish I could say that we are getting to the landscaping part of our project! We have next to nothing...just some very simple stuff in beds across the front of the house. I used some low, bright green Chamaecyparis called "Kings Gold" and several Feather Reed grass clumps, and that's it for now. Fortunately modern and simple go hand in hand.
I had an extensive perennial garden at our last home that I did 100% from scratch and I'm a firm subscriber to the "gardening takes a lifetime" school of thought. And we're also on the do the work as we have the time/money plan.

I have grand, grand plans for the back yard...eventually I'd like it to be one of those gardens where you feel like you're in a completely different place, but I feel like we need to get an outbuilding in place back there and a few other hardscaping elements before I can really get started on plantings.
And before all that happens we need to install an irrigation system. Bletch.

I've always enjoyed http://landliving.com/categories/Landscape.aspx
for it's content and landscaping related links.

8:47 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Thanks for the web site address on landscaping modern. I haven't seen it before. I'll spend time there.

Love your color choices! Our house is totally opposite yours in terms of color. All "shoji" by Sherwin Williams which is a calming grayish white. I can always go to your site for a little color pick-me-up if my house feels way too monochromatic. Love it!!


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