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OK we're finally ready for flooring. (bedroom flooring, white oak)

So lets put the floor in. (kitchen flooring, hickory)


All the beams, frames, doors, window trim, and posts are conditioned with poly. So, might as well add some to the floor too.

And here is the kitchen floor, installed, sanded and finished hickory 4" planks that are stained a little. The stain really brings out the grain in the white pieces.


Here is the big house flooring, also white oak. We'll sand and put on 2 coats then after the electrical, and plumbing are done, sand again and put on the last coat.



And here is the big house floor with 2 coats of poly. The flooring for the big house is white oak, 3" and 4" planks mixed in no particular way.

The Wood-Fired Oven:
The wood stoves were vented a few months ago, the Kitchen can't be delivered
because of the snow, so maybe we could vent the kitchen oven now?

Well the oven venting included some very specialized, grease duct piping. It arrived during a snow storm, OK what's new about that? We've had one storm after another all winter. Well they truck that pipe from West Virginia and stuffed it on an 18-wheeler. Great but an 18 wheeler can't come down my road, so I had to meet this guy out by the County Road. So the drive through the snow isn't much of a problem, I have a 4-wheel drive truck, but the large piping is banded on a pallet and smaller pieces came in about 20 loose boxes. Wedging them all in and around the truck and driving them through snow drifts was a problem. But after much deliberation I arrived back at the house with the piping.

The installation of this piping is rather specialized, so it was 6 weeks later before we're able to dodge the snow and begin the install.

My car didn't like the snow much either, usually it sits in the office carport, now occupied with construction material. Seen to the left shivering.


Here is the scene off the office deck looking out the east side.


Shoveling the back steps is futile, so I decided to call it a ramp instead. Ozzyy doesn't care, pitchers and catchers reported yesterday and he's ready to play ball.


Well we had a gap in the snow storms and managed to start the oven venting project. Of course it snowed a few inches today and it will snow everyday next week, so I'm not sure when we'll pick up on this again. Since we're ready for the roof penetration and suspect a foot of snow on the roof may be a tad slippery, so we'll wait for dryer weather. Hmmm! In Ohio, dryer weather occurs every few years! So I don't figure on firing up this oven anytime soon.



The grease ducts are industrial strength, very robust for this type of installation. The plumbing looks like it belongs on a cargo ship. Everything is double-walled, triple-walled in places, insulated, caulked, and then painted glossy "stealth" black.

The oven is installed, just got to peel off the protective plastic wrap, break it in, and cook something.

This is the business end of the oven. You cook and heat in the same dome-shaped chamber, just the way my ancestors did a thousand years ago.

Hopefully I'll hear some helpful voices when I crank this thing up!


The cabinets arrived and the installation team is busy at work. They install the whole kitchen in a day! They use these interlocking soft rubber work floor so as not to scratch your floor. I like that.


We picked the cabinets from a glossy marketing brochure, so we weren't sure the actual cabinet would resemble the photo. But it did, looks exactly like the picture.


The cabinets are installed then measured for the top and a template is made and taken back to Athens Kitchen and Bath's shop for top cutting and manufacturing. Usually there's a three to four week lead time from the counter top manufacturer.


We don't have any wall mounted cabinets, only base units, so we'll have to decide what to do with all our stuff, especially dishes and glass wear. It seems like there's enough base cabinet space but I guess we'll find out soon enough.


OK here's what the floor and cabinets look like together.


We couldn't decide what to do in the corners, we decided no cabinet, rather than a heavily modified easy reach. The counter top will be wrapping around the post, with a sliver of counter top extending to the wall. Maybe I could stash skewers there.


The wood-fired oven has to be broken in before cooking at full temperature the first time. You know, to remove the moisture from the tiles and dome. A set of 6 one-hour burns should do it. I decided to creep up the temperature every burn. Here is a photo of burn 4 at 250°.

This afternoon I'll do burn 5 at 300°. Tomorrow, 400° and then a first go at a pizza on Monday. Usually pizzas cook in an oven with temperatures between 650° - 700°. They don't cook long at that temperature.

Below the kitchen countertops are installed.


The island detail, an electric cooking range goes into the hole.


Southside of the kitchen, OK looks like we need a few appliances and maybe some shelf paper.


While the countertops were being fabricated we decided to build a loft and we thought it a good idea to have a stair put in to access it. You know, a place for a sewing machine, a corner to read a book, a spot for guitar playing, who knows what else.


We had planned on a loft, but thought we would do it later, now however was a good time as any.


...and here is what the loft looks like from the bedroom. We used tongue and groove spruce board for the floor, or ceiling depending on your point of view, to match the upper walls.


Here is the loft almost done. We decided to wait for the stair to be mated to the loft, before we finished the ends. Even had some wood left over. Now the electrician will have to run some wire up here, that will cause us a bit of heartburn.


This shows the loft, side detail, looking towards the entranceway.


This was a left over post, almost sawed it up for firewood. Almost! Then we ran into a stairway difficulty. Basically the stairway ended about 3 feet from the loft. A platform was needed to get from the stairs to the loft. And obviously some beefy timbers, would support a platform, and maybe a small elephant as well.

Well anyway this timber was outside for over a year, it was covered with stain and mildew. So here it is cleaned, sanded, and a few coats of poly added.

And here is the loft and stair, note the above beefy timbers, in support of the upper landing.


The stairway is a mono stringer design. to add a sense of lightness to the stair.

This is a view from the top landing looking down to the first landing.


Here is the big view of the stair and loft railing.


A full frontal view of the stairway. After it's finished I'll take some detail photos. We considered a spiral stairway and a double helix design but opted for the mono stringer, for its strength and comfort. Looks nice too!

OK we're finished, lets put some poly on everything and get to the detail stuff.

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