The first thing to go in after the walls are up are the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Installation was quick as it took only 2 days. A chocolate stain was chosen for the kitchen cabinets that would go well with the maple floor selected. The bathroom cabinets were painted white to blend with the different bathroom color schemes. Cabinet installation is shown in the Cabinets Gallery.
With insulation in place it is time for the interior walls to go up. The drywall, also known as gypsum board, is nailed to the wood framing. The nails and seams are covered with a finishing compound often called “drywall mud” and tape. The goal is to create a perfectly smooth surface, where the nails and seams are invisible, making the wall look like one solid sheet. The final step is to apply a drywall texture with an air powered texture gun. Check out the Interior Walls Gallery for pictures of the process.
With window installation complete it is time for the exterior siding to go on. Our architect, Nathan Cooprider, designed an interesting exterior that uses vertical siding, horizontal siding and shingles. The siding used was a fiber cement product called Hardie board siding. Some areas of the house have both vertical and horizontal siding which is separated with wood trim. The thickness of the trim requires that the vertical siding be bumped out. Trim is then added to the vertical siding to create a board and batten look. Hardie shingle siding was used for the shingle area in front above the entryway. The Exterior Siding Gallery shows the various installation stages which took three weeks to complete. The next step is selecting the exterior colors. But that is a story for another post.