This is a question that we’ve often fielded when giving tours of the house or to those passing by. The answer in our mind has always been obvious, but that’s ’cause we designed the place. Well hopefully with the addition of the front stairs the answer will be self-evident. And a big thank you to our Dad who has been integral getting the design from computer to reality; the stairs were conceptually simple, but implementing them took a bit of head scratching.
The recycled wood floors have been installed and they look amazing.
The 100% FSC wood was sourced from Viridian Wood Products, which gets their wood from the Port of Portland. The wood is initially waste, pallet wood (from the shipping of goods to Portland from Asia and likely elsewhere) that is milled into flooring and decking products.
It rained hard last night and it continues to drizzle. As I drink my morning coffee and ready for the day, I’m listening to the news which just announced that the sewers have overflowed into the Willamette River. Portland has an (outdated) combined sewer system, which combines surface water (roads, etc.) with sewer water (toilets, etc.). When it rains hard the surface water overwhelms the sewer system, which then overflows into the Willamette carrying all it’s fun contents with it. This event is called a combined sewer overflow or CSO; CSOs happen every time there is a heavy rain in Portland. The radio also mentioned there was a warning to stay out of the river for the next 48 hours. Here at the commons, we’ve opted to install a composting toilet, not only does it save clean water (which saves energy, through saved conveyance and treatment), but it also reduces the load (ahem) on the sewer system and ultimately the water and environment.
Thanks for all your help, Dad.
And thanks to Mom too!
Thanks to our friend, Kelly, for dropping in and helping us lift one of the beams into place—crossfit actually applies to real-world applications of lifting heavy things!
Today dad and I finished welding on the post bottoms and top plates and erected three of them. The posts weigh just over 200lbs each and were a bit unwieldy to lift into place, especially considering that we needed to get them over the threaded rod that has not yet been cut to length, adding an extra foot of needed lifting power. But we’ve placed the three hardest ones (each ~10′ long) and the remaining two are less than five feet each. We’ll place those two and begin lifting the adjoining beams into place tomorrow. Stay tuned…