I'm Beaming

I am a big fan of exposed wood beams! I think they add instant character to a new home. Below are some of my favorite examples...

A few months ago, I contacted a good friend who owns Texas Reclaimed about helping me find reclaimed wood beams for the house. I knew I could trust her to find something beautiful and affordable. She was able to locate oak hand hewn beams and tack them onto another larger Austin order to be brought down from Pennsylvania to help save on freight. The delivery was exciting but intense. I knew they'd be heavy, but underestimated the man power to offload.

Fortunately, we had the numbers on hand and more importantly, no one got hurt! It took seven guys to carry the largest 1,000 pound beam into the house.

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That 29 foot beam will sit parallel to a 15 foot beam anchoring the living room, dining, and kitchen space (similar to the picture below).

The other two smaller beams will be in the master bathroom like the image below.

Down the road, we'll be adding faux beams made from reclaimed wood to the upstairs den and bedroom vaulted ceilings. These beams aren't structural so aren't a priority at the moment.

Well, now onto the hard part, hanging them. Wish us luck! 

Hello Second Story!

The framers are making kick-ass progress...

Before the framing even began, we did run into one small setback.  When we poured the foundation, the garage slab was higher than outlined in the renderings, resulting in a steeper driveway. This affects the transition from the driveway to the front porch. We had two options. Option A was to tear out the entire garage.  Option B was to leave as is and find the right landscape architect to redesign the aesthetics of the new transition. We opted for the latter and have found someone we're excited about.  We're figuring out how the additional costs will be split up with the contractor.

Now that framing is past the halfway point, I want to share the interior elevations. Two parts of the drawings worth emphasizing are the vaulted ceilings and focus on natural light with large windows. Not so clearly illustrated are the upstairs guest bath and master bedroom skylights.

Front Entry Elevation 

Front Entry Elevation 

Front elevation - second half of house

Front elevation - second half of house

North view elevation

North view elevation

South view elevation

South view elevation

The next task is ordering all the exterior doors. We are also anxiously awaiting the delivery of the windows and sliders to be installed next Tuesday, July 5th. Until next time...