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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 1/30/2010

Well, this week didn't turn out to be terribly productive. After a stand-down of around 10 days since we poured the LiteDeck, (which forms the floor for the second floor), this week was foggy and cold enough, and the crew were scattered enough, that we didn't get a ton of "new" stuff done. On the other hand, a lot of cleaning up got done, a lot of scaffolding got taken down, and a lot of recyclables went off the the recycling center.

Today we ran up to snag another load of recycles (cardboard again), check on the condition of the roads and stream crossings, (the warmer weather has helped a bunch), and download some more weather data (okay, that part is mostly me).  Colleen has actually done a pretty good job of getting just about all of the leftover cardboard there is to get at this point--the only stuff that's not actively attached to pallets of forms or providing footing at the base of a ladder, anyway. There's not much beyond the fiddling little bits of Styrofoam that are inevitable when one cuts on the stuff--annoying and we get what we can, but most of it just vanishes into the mud (or sticks to my coat!).  

I am pleased to report that the radiant tubing, aired up a few weeks back for the all important First Big Inspection, continues to hold steady pressure several weeks later. There's been some variation due to ambient temperatures--right now the system is showing slightly less pressure than when I aired it up, but of course it's colder than it was then--but it's all as expected. Given the site, I wouldn't have been overly surprised if a person or a squirrel had done something rude to the manifolds while the LiteDeck has been curing.

I think what really struck me walking around the house is how good Tanglewood is starting to feel. This was only really my second or third chance to see the site without crew working all over it, and so I was able to walk around and really begin to see how things were going together. Tanglewood is starting to feel like a real house at last, and that's very exciting--it's amazing how different it feels to walk around on the second floor now! We've literally never been in that particular place before and (I know this sounds weird) it's just astonishing how much the house is feeling more and more like it's "part of the land" now. 

I can't explain it very well, but I know I like it. A lot.

I took a couple of snapshots while I was up there, but mostly this was just a "search and enjoy" mission. The real work will get started up again in a couple more days.  Until then, enjoy.

Steven in Colorado Springs


Looking towards the deck area.
Colleen took a picture of me taking a picture...
Looking towards the north end of the house. In the foreground will be the media room; in the back are the upstairs bedrooms. That lump in the middle is one of the manifolds.
The blanket blew off this bit next to the 'ran out of mud' area near the front over the garages. The concrete looks like it's cured very nicely.

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