As assumed there have been some further set backs such as the blower for the insulation breaking and tools just dying on us. Fortunately, Dan and I were able to take the blower back today and have San Juan Building Supply fix the broken switch so we have a blower again!!! Other than that, cladding screws came in so tomorrow we will be attaching the exterior steel cladding, starting to attach drywall and finish insulating the Blue Mountain Cabin. Next week is going to be a long one with extended work hours, but our goals are to have cladding and drywall complete by the end of the session. Arron and Robin got the decking for Blue Mountain Cabin finished and Johnny has made great headway with figuring out and prototyping our concrete sinks and counters; these pours are scheduled for tomorrow morning! Pipsa was excited today to see her beautiful brushed nickel bathroom fixtures come in (and if I may say so, the over head shower head looks awesome!). As much as we have left to do, we feel like it is coming together so fast. Sooner than we know it, we will be handing keys over to Mexican Water Chapter and this chapter of our lives will be complete. Until then, there is still work to do, fixtures to be installed and cladding to be put up.
“Always Try, Never Regret”
Becca and Pipsa moving aluminum for flashing.Johnny hard at work mocking up the counter tops and sink, Atsushi mixing concrete. Matt and Dan blowing in insulation. Sam loading loose fill fiber insulation into the blower.
This week, we have gotten a lot done, solved some problems and come together to make sure we stay on task and keep with our schedule. Even though we have come across some technical problems, we have figured out how to make it work.
For now this is Jason J-Bird Patel And Sam Palmer-Dwore The Raptor signing off, have a great weekend!
With so much happening at the same time, this session has seemed to go by so fast. This week alone windows and electrical were completed, many of the furring strips went up for exterior cladding, and multiple other details have started.
Our project contains ten windows and one skylight between the two cabins. At last check, that is the most any DesignBuildBluff project has had. Needless to say, the windows bring in a lot of natural light and create great framed views to the exterior, but the quantity also provided a lot of challenges. Custom flashing was needed for all windows that didn’t already have nailing flanges. Also, some of our rough openings were a little too tight for some windows which took quite a bit of time and adjustments to fix. All in all, after the flex flashing, silicone, spray foam, and nails had flown, all the windows are installed and are ready to withstand the harsh Utah climate.
Within the next few days our goal is to complete the blown-in insulation, finish the furring strips, and begin putting up pieces of the weathered steel cladding.
Zane completing window sealing.
Exterior view of Monument Valley Bunk window.
Arron completing the patio deck for Blue Mountain.
Atsushi cutting windows out with a steel saw.
Blue Mountain bed platform sunrise window.
Stay tuned for big changes and the transformation that is to come!
-Seth and Zane
After a semester of planning, mock-ups,and many trial and errors, our team is excited to finally get started on exterior cladding. While Seth was busy weathering the steel panels, another team started on putting up the furring strips on the exterior walls. As much as our team tried to prepare for the cladding process, we still discovered many details that will need to be re-examined as we proceed. We have realized that our group is interdependent on one another in order to complete our individual tasks. Patio and exterior cladding teams are working hard to coordinate the planned details. Electrical and plumbing teams are coordinating with wall and interior finishes in order to complete their goals by the deadline. It is a critical session for us as exterior cladding and dry walls are expected to be 100% done by the end of the month in order for our project to move forward. As a team, we are both excited and cautious for the days ahead.
Pipsa laying out furring strips and establishing a nailing pattern for the metal panels.
Our weathering master at work.
Johnny testing our 4th sample of concrete. He is very protective over it.
Johnny, Cam, Robin and Jason finishing the last patio detail in order for cladding to go up.
Monument Valley Interior.
Blue Mountain Interior.
Greeting from Bluff with love.
- Pipsa & Linh
Steel cladding being weathered
By the end of last week the students were working hard to get closer to their weekly goals. A few hiccups have stalled a number of teams, but have given us an opportunity to learn how to be better prepared in the future. What started as a standard material run escalated into a plumbing lesson for Becca, Pipsa, and Coop since the size of the water heater we intended to use isn’t ideal for the gallons per minute we’re anticipating, and budgetary restrains prevent us from purchasing a new water heater. Our client, Martha, stopped by the cabins to have a discussion with our electrical team about planning for wireless internet and a TV in both cabins.
Our personal highlight from last week was Thursday night school with Johnny, who taught us the methodical art of calligraphy! Blue Mountain patio is starting to take shape this week as Arron and Robin have finished planing and treating our decking beautifully. The bed framing in Blue Mountain is well on its way, too. Monument Valley is also coming along; the bunk bed has been framed, complete with built-in cubby holes, for which our electrical team has already wired lighting and outlet details. Although one of Monument Valley’s windows was discovered to be unusable, our windows team was able to use an extra window with the same dimensions as two others in the cabin, and what seemed like a time-wasting disappointment turned out to be a truly satisfactory amendment to the design. Yesterday ended with a brainstorming session on how to keep our beloved fire pit design in Monument Valley while minimizing the risk of fire hazards.
Both cabins moved forward together on Saturday as kitchen team worked hard to complete mockups for the sinks in both cabins and cladding team began washing and weathering steel with coats of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Monday both cabins had their electrical work professionally checked after having to rewire multiple wires that had been accidentally compromised by miscellaneous construction work. We’re excited to see how both cabins continue to develop this week with plumbing, HVAC, drywall, and cladding!
Jason and Arron hanging the door for our second means of egress for Monument Valley
The Monument Valley loft
Installing cubby hole lighting in the bunk bed
Becca and Kathryn
Today was very productive! The bunk bed and closet in Monument Valley as well as Blue Mountain’s bed platform are coming along quickly and should soon be finished. There are many fun details we are all working on and now that the interior walls are going up, we are starting to get a real sense of space that these cabins provide.
Blue Mountain Bed Platform Assembly
Interior walls in Blue Mountain Cabin being fastened into place.
Bunk Bed and Closet Assembly in Monument Valley Cabin
Now that the primary structure is in place many of us are branching off into other areas of construction. A few of the doors and windows have now been installed which is a big sense of accomplishment as we get closer to drying in these cabins. Custom metal bending is required for each window so we have been very hard at work crafting each and every piece of metal to fit just right. Doors team has installed front doors on both cabins. Roof team has both cabins 90% waterproofed collectively and looking for full completion this week. The electrical team is making a lot of progress wiring throughout the walls and ceilings of both cabins. Additionally, our client has requested wifi capability for both cabins recently and both roof and electrical teams have made the minor adjustments to accommodate the request.
Installing recessed can housings in Blue Mountain Cabin
Prepping wiring for an entry light on Blue Mountain Cabin
Applying silicone sealant to a window in Blue Mountain Cabin
Fitting Steel Flashing Along A Sill in Blue Mountain Cabin
Installing Steel Flashing on Blue Mountain’s Patio
Installation of Blue Mountain Cabin’s Front Door
Bending Steel Flashing for Blue Mountain Patio
We look forward toward completing our weekly goals and beginning exterior cladding and insulation next week!
Dan & Ryan
So it’s been a while for me but here’s a little bit of what we have been up to for the past two days, of this our third session! Sam has been great and lead the team to layout and adhere the EPDM on the roof with the assist of his current partner in crime, Ryan, Lihn and Pipsa. Seth, Dan and Zane with the help from what seems like the entire crew have got the windows flashed and started installing our frameless windows. Robin has fabricated what we at bluff have come the call “The Pirate Door”. This is a secondary form of egress in our Monument Valley cabin that will become a hidden door built into the south wall. Matt has rocked it with help from Becca and Johnny and have gotten the electrical laid out and routed through our wonderful structures and as for me… Well I was able to finally install our first door today. With some struggling, the Blue mountain Patio slider door was installed, and thanks to Matt and Johnny the Monument Valley front door is ready to install tomorrow!
Johnny and matt helping nail in the door, and in the background installing windows is zane, dan and Kathryn.
For the second intermission of the semester, 12 valiant scallywags cruised down Cataract Canyon, one of the most remote stretches of the Colorado River. It was a nice break from the productive speed of the rough-in session we finished just before the trip. The adventurers took 5 days of sun and some serious rain on occasion to reach the uppermost reach of Lake Powell after setting off from Moab. In return for appeasing the river gods, the team was rewarded with some spectacular class IV rapids, and a much-higher-than-usual river flow for this late in the year.
Although most of the group wishes we were continuing on down the river, through the Grand Canyon and out the Sea of Cortez, we are hard at it installing windows, doors and the roof EPDM membrane to be fully dried-in. Soon enough, we will be able to withstand rainstorms inside our own two cabins!
Until next time… Sam signing off
Wednesday went by quickly while working on overframing, sheathing and wrapping some Tyvek around Blue Mountain cabin. Everybody was doing their best so that we could begin to put EPDM on the roofs on Thursday as well as start to install some windows.
Tyvek building wrap being applied
Before noon we all had a flashback to our first session, when everybody gathered to finish off our very last pour; bathrooms and entryways were quickly covered with concrete. Mixing team was doing a great job keeping the mix consistent while others were making sure the forms were filled appropriately. Robin, Coop, Atsushi and Johnny spent the afternoon troweling the surfaces to ensure a smooth finish.
Robin getting his troweling on
After the pour most of us went to the Chapter house to enjoy a local meal, that we were so lucky to be invited to. Delicious “Navajo tacos” were served with a variety of toppings such as beans, vegetables and meat wrapped in freshly made fry bread. No soul was left hungry.
Seth, Becca and Zane stayed home to make some mockups on cladding; the group tried different ways to weather steel with i.e. vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, and many ideas on fasteners were discussed in the night meeting.
There’s a lot to do before starting our second week off but hopefully we’ll reach our goal for the session by Saturday night!
Pipsa & Linh
Arron and Matt getting ready for the day
Monday morning saw the continuation of adding many imperative structural components on the Blue Mountain cabin, including strapping, blocking and sheathing, all of which will help contain the shear stress caused by the truss. Additionally, the parapets were added to the patio. These will hold up the truss once it is lifted into place. Robin, Arron, and Dan worked exceptionally hard to get all of the structure for the decking in place. We will soon be able to start utilizing the barn wood for the decking members so decisions are being made about sizing and planing.
Eastern parapet and the cantilevered deck
Patio aperture sizing discussion
During the weekend with our professor, Rick, and our structural consultant, Andy, we found out that an aperture that we had previously thought structurally impossible was still an option. Therefore some of the day was dedicated to mocking up a patio bench and attempting to decide on sizing.
Mock up of the patio aperture
The Monument Valley cabin was fully sheathed by the end of the day and all of the strapping and scaffolding was taken down, giving us an unobstructed view of the cantilever that we successfully erected on Saturday. The window team began working on a skylight which will be located above a lofted bed.
Ryan and the cantilever
Fully sheathed Monument Valley Cabin
View of the Monument Valley cantilever from the window of the Blue Mountain cabin
Many members of the group spent the day in Cortez on a material run for electrical equipment, plumbing, and additional steel to be used for scuppers and mock ups for the slatting connections. Johnny poured a mockup for the dual kitchen/bathroom sink while Sam welded together one of the scuppers.
Sam working on the scupper
- Kathryn and Becca