Saturday, July 24, 2010

Details, Details, Details

It is often said that the Devil is in the Details, which is probably true if you are building something or managing a project behind schedule, or against a deadline and a trying to meet a budget. These are things many of us do for a living (or so i'd like to think, since it is what i do)...

But if you are adding finishing touches to your house, with all the time in the world (let's say I have a 30 year deadline). I think one can find the details process quite enjoyable and peaceful, and come to the conclusion that it's actually God who is in the Details.

Here are some images of the details we have been adding to the house this last year

This a picture of the House from afar, you can see me working in a bench (in France it would be a Chaise Longue) I added as a reading place to the bow window

A Sun clock from Ibiza, that placed on the wrong hemisphere never reads the exact time (but 12-x does), A woodpecker door knocker on the main entrance door, the sleepers stairs to the lake, and a rusty sun ornament hangs outside the kitchen window above the fireplace logs for the chimneys.

My room's windows one of them full of green, the toolshed behind the house is surrounded by the pine trees that survived last January's fire, and a old railwail equipment plaque that seemed a fitting ornament by the fireplace that separates kitchen from living room.

The massive kitchen table, built out of sleepers and Marble is the main reunion place, both for people and things. The other two images show electrical installations in the bathroom, I decided to go with exposed copper tubing, as in the rest of the house (it's nearly impossible to drill holes for electrical conduit on sleepers, so it all goes exposed on copper tubing). Old bronze switch covers are used, the old style vertical switches are not available in Chile, so my Dad brought me a few from a US trip. Thanks Dad.

A round bathroom mirror and the complicated layuut of electrical plumbing for the bathroom light and a power outlet, The lavatory over a sleepers stand, and the hippiest WC we have ever had/seen/used/etc. We bought it because of the black color and then the wooden custom painted lids were made to order.

Both sides of the bathroom let the light in by means of glass bricks, It gives good light and a fair amount of privacy, even though if we had close neighbours we probably wouldn't have used as much bricks in the back of the shower. The image on the right shows the house seen from the back, from the road that leads down to it.

Images of the roof, whose structure I love to stare at from the living room, on the left photos you can see the second floor that shows the kids 2nd floor (and Domingo's indoors tent), with it's steel cable handrails that are safe but light on the view.
The big bronze lamp on the right was my Grandma's, it was on her dining room when we were kids. It was a gift from my mother for the house.

My room, at night, the back wall is all made of sleepers and probably the most solid of the house, the curtains are blackout for the perfect darkroom effect that guarantees long sleep nights and perfect naps. The trunk at the bottom of the bed shows the lack of closets, which I haven't built to this date.
The middle image shows a wooden window for the bathroom with double articulation and thermo-panel glass. Being a prototype from a factory that never started production it turned to be quite unique (another gift... from my good friend Cristian). The living room wall on the image of the right is made out of pieces from hardwood form a 50 step staircase from a huge house demolition.

The center table by Domingo is a large slice of corktree with a matching branch as base. Last, Pablo tests my finished reading/napping bench in the bow window space. It has become a much coveted place since it was built.

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