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Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 15, 2014 - 11:47am PT
Thanks, this just in.

I had no idea that the house was going to be in the magazine. Funny story, but in the article they mention seeing a similar room in NH Home that inspired them. I did that room also, and if was magnificent, perhaps the pinnacle of my craft to date. I heard from the interior designer that the couple got divorced a few years later and sold the house, and the new owners had the entire room gutted and scrapped. C'est la vie.

Prior to leaving NH I was getting pretty disgusted working for the high end consumers and their excesses and wastefulness. The problem is they have the best jobs in terms of design, materials, and taking things through to full potential. Those are the jobs where I separate myself from the bulk of the field.

Right now I am doing the flooring, tile, stair rail, prefab kitchen cabinets, doors, trim, and running the subcontractors on a house that was gutted by fire, belonging to a single mom of two young boys. It's fast, honest work, but the stock doors, trim, and cabinets are complete crap. I find myself doing a lot of beefing up materials and construction to try and make her investment last as long as possible.

I am meeting some people in a couple hours to discuss a coffee table design. I also have a bed and nightstand to deliver to Sacramento once I spray on the finish, but it's a 20 hour, 1000 mile drive each way, so I'm trying to plan for a few days in Yosemite after delivery. Anyone want to get in a route mid April?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 15, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
hey there say, edge... wow, what a GREAT 'have a good day' blessing i just got, stopping in here to see this...

i always enjoy this thread...

makes the day feel great to see what creativity folks have and use...

as to the room --wow... too wonderful for words...
hard to believe, sadly, that someone would (later) purchase a place with such lovely wood work and gut it out, :O

*think they'd just buy something more to their liking... wow...
all that great work and care, gone, :O


say, my brother walter, is a design (from starting as an architect)...
he does all that 'counseling' with clients, etc... he loves teh creating part best, as, it can be hard to work with city and clients and zoning, etc, to get to all to where the client loves! it and you are allowed to do it...


:)
i had always wished i could do stuff with wood, even if just fences, man oh man... but sadly, i can't use a saw or hammer, or anything, :O :(
i love designing but could not handle the math-part...
i CAN do this part though:
i can go into a room and see just what to do and how it will look, hee hee, but have not the funds to buy the stuff (so don't often do it)--though thrift stores help... :)


thanks for these wonderful shares... yes, it does make me feel good all day, i LOVE seeing what the brain can do, through the body, and spirit, and how it can BLESS others...

keep up the great work, edge and all the others here, with your
BUILDING!!! ... :)

this is my little 'new build' up against my wall:

looks mess, with the keyboard there and wires, but i have since SCREWE...
looks mess, with the keyboard there and wires, but i have since SCREWED IN A SHLEF in front of the computer... little 'tray type' shelf for to set the keyboard on... works, great! didn't have to build the wood-- "ye ol' thrift store" had the answer, :))
Credit: neebee

just put a teapot and two cups-and-saucers on the very botton...
looks neat, :)
tea time, here is easy now, :))
(use them for the little table in the room that does NOT show here...


:)


happy good day to you all...
happy supertopo, as well...

got to go clean now, :O :)

stefano607518

Trad climber
italy/austria/switzerland
Mar 15, 2014 - 04:37pm PT
http://becauseflatsucks.blogspot.co.at/2014/03/austria-innsbruck-boulderwall.html
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Mar 15, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
" I was getting pretty disgusted working for the high end consumers and their excesses and wastefulness."

Man do I hear you there,Edge.

Nice looking work there. Neebee as well.


April ,huh?......







Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 15, 2014 - 08:02pm PT
Edge, it don't get no better! In my experience one out of three richies are not a PITA to work for. Maybe it is one out of two but the buttholes skew your perception and recollection. And to be honest it is their interior designers that are the worst cause they will invariably try to blame their incompetence and tardiness on others.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Mar 15, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
I am going to give it 1 in 5. And usually 3 out of five are way bad.
ruppell

climber
Mar 15, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
Reilly

You got it spot on with the interior designer comment. There are two types of interior designers. Bad ones and really bad ones. Yet somehow they all make more money than I do. lol
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 15, 2014 - 10:42pm PT
Do you have to take a test to become an interior designer...?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 17, 2014 - 02:33pm PT
Railing & flooring.
Railing & flooring.
Credit: Edge
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Mar 18, 2014 - 01:49pm PT
Hey Edge,

Looks great!

I see your keeping busy out there. Have fun in the Valley!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Mar 24, 2014 - 11:47am PT
Does relocating a 35 ft bridge with 2 12" x 27' I beams count?

Technically we did rebuild the footings, placing 12" concrete blocks with RR ties on top to rest the I beams on. The creek spanned 30 ft across at top and was 18 ft below grade.

The bridge had washed out about 6 years ago after a bit of a flood. Beavers have been rerouting the creek for the past 10-20 years.

The first plan was to dismantle it and drag the I beams to the new location with farm tractors to a location about 300 yards upstream. The beavers had long moved past the new spot. The planned evolved into a far superior one. Still it was a bit of work. Thanks for a younger generation to help, even the hard work was made easier.

This creek isn't too far (as the crow flies) from the original site of the Koasatis Indians, a vast village and the mainstay of what is generally known as the Creek Indians; which was a misnomer for various Indian Tribes whose only relations were actually trading and war.

Ironically that village was located on the Chattahoochee River, near the the end of the runway of Lawson Air Field, Ft. Benning, GA. The exact spot of the village is where a unit of the U.S. Army Bridge Building Company has been practicing their art since WWI. I'm putting a picture of that at that the bottom for anyone who cares.
Clearing a path to the creek.
Clearing a path to the creek.
Credit: Tobia

Walking the bridge from old site.
Walking the bridge from old site.
Credit: Tobia
Building up dirt ramps to bridge height.
Building up dirt ramps to bridge height.
Credit: Tobia
Unfortunately the dozer and track hoe are far too heavy and wide to cr...
Unfortunately the dozer and track hoe are far too heavy and wide to cross the bridge and the new road or trail will have to be made the hard way.
Credit: Tobia
362nd Bridge Co. on the Chattahoochee River
362nd Bridge Co. on the Chattahoochee River
Credit: Mike Haskey

bamboo

Trad climber
pike co
Mar 24, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
edge
is that flooring hickory??nice stuff!
and the room is unreal!!it must be tough finding that much seasoned /stable material!!not to mention finish treatments on that scale!!
did you set up shop on site?--WOW!! nice!!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2014 - 09:28pm PT
Bamboo, the floor is indeed prefinished hickory. Pretty tough stuff.

And the two rooms shown are just a few of the many similar ones I have done. These were back in New Hampshire so native species like birch, cherry, walnut, maple, or oak could be purchased by the pallet graded for width (10" +). Mahogany was available from the same lumber yards but I preferred buying quantity from the importer in NYC.

For all of the rooms I would take detailed measurements, transcribe some onto story sticks where appropriate, and prefab everything. Wall panels were cope and rail with either flat or raised solid wood panels and I would snap 4' wide sections together on site. Finish was an alcohol based dye followed by 2-3 coats of precat lacquer applied in my shop prior to delivery and installation. Prefinished moldings were applied on site, and at the end there was nothing left to touch up except for some tiny finish nail holes.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
Close to finishing this house, just need to get the granite countertops and finish plumbing plus a few details. Not really high end, but I've been able to do most all the work alone on site for the last three weeks and will be turning over the best product for the money to the client, and I find that very rewarding.

Before and afters:

Kitchen space.
Kitchen space.
Credit: Edge

Maple cabinets, hickory floor, stock door and trim &#40;ick&#41;, and ...
Maple cabinets, hickory floor, stock door and trim (ick), and temporary cardboard countertops.
Credit: Edge

Cabinets.
Cabinets.
Credit: Edge

Living room
Living room
Credit: Edge

Living room and stair rail.
Living room and stair rail.
Credit: Edge

Bathroom.
Bathroom.
Credit: Edge

Shower tile, floor tile, vanity, door, and trim.
Shower tile, floor tile, vanity, door, and trim.
Credit: Edge
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Mar 25, 2014 - 12:22am PT
What's the story with those living room windows?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 25, 2014 - 12:37am PT
Biotch, so Edge's Corgis can look out, right?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 25, 2014 - 01:05am PT
What's the story with those living room windows?

It's a late '70s era raised ranch. I have no idea what people were thinking back then, I was too busy battling post pubescent rejection to notice architectural trends of the time.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Mar 25, 2014 - 02:38pm PT
Edge,

What's the $/sq.ft. (installed) cost of a hickory floor like the one above? Ball park would do as a curiosity.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 25, 2014 - 02:43pm PT
Catapult
Catapult
Credit: Flip Flop

Making toys for the boy. I've got a catapult finished and a trebuchet in progress.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 25, 2014 - 02:45pm PT
What's next, buckets of burning oil? :-)
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