An exciting moment during building our dream home was when the roof was put on. Suddenly it went from a concrete and steel foundation into a structure, a structure that will become a home – OUR HOME! Now I’ll be the first to admit that construction bores me… I mean, I want it to be finished so I can put all the finishing touches on it!
We went with a material called Q-Deck for the ceilings, which was later painted white on the inside, to give our ceilings a cool industrial feel. Q-Deck is a metal cladding that’s great for insulation and pouring concrete on top of, and also as a waterproof base for our roofing material.
This picture is from the back of the house. In between most of those steel beams there will be windows, giving it a ‘glass wall’ effect.
Here the front walls are starting to get framed in, almost everything in our house is framed in steel! One of the biggest reasons was to keep the inside open, without too many interior walls or structural beams.
The center section of the house holds the bathrooms, and in the end will be clad in brick. This is the only part of the house that will be bricked, everything else will be concrete, glass, or zinc cladding.
We built our home “opposite” of a standard home, where the bottom level houses the bedrooms and a living area, and the upstairs has another living area, dining area and kitchen. Downstairs we poured concrete, which we will later polish to a salt and pepper look. The concrete floor has an in-floor radiant heating system that is water based.
I am super excited for all this work to be finished up so we can start painting walls, tiling bathrooms, decorating – building our dream home!… but until then – it’s a construction site! Stay tuned for more!