The art of deconstruction

I have a very creative client who likes things to be different.  The snaking footing pictures from the previous post turned into a block wall that is meant to look old and falling apart.  It was a fun challenge and looks very authentic.  There are plenty of peep holes to spy the surrounding horse pasture.  I am excited to see the garden expand in and around the wall.  The cantilevered section goes up eight block high and the rebar pierces the sky beyond that in a nice display of form follows function.  The rebar is actually holding those blocks up by being tied to the concrete footing and the grout inside the cells.   How did I get the block to go up and over ten foot pieces of rebar?  Well, that’s a trade secret.


Up next is a Bitterroot Ledgestone veneer on a garage/work shop that I started today.  Montana seems to have a monopoly on nice stone and this stuff is no different.  The warm colors of the stone will be real nice to look at when the gray skies return.  The stone is layed on a concrete foundation and the walls are wonderboard with metal wall ties.  Super sturdy construction.


And I am very pleased with a take home project that involved turning a second hand shelving unit into a dish rack.  I popped off the top, raised it slightly to fit a plate and then got to the business of lining up nineteen wooden dowels.  I was about to glue it all together when I realized I wouldn’t be able to fit my drill though the dowels to attach it to the wall.  So it is at the clients house being painted and I will have to line up those dowels one more time!  It was nice to work from home.


Never Too Early…

…for firewood.  Just completed a really cool woodshed that has a place for recycling, garbage cans and mower.  I liked the project so much that I added to my own woodshed at home.  I was able to repurpose wood for the woodshed floor,  the recycling bin shelves, and the separations between sections.  I tied the roof into the house with the flashing but kept the structure separate and backed it with metal roofing to discourage bugs.

In another part of town I baked in the sun as I formed up an undulating concrete footing that will support a serpentine block wall.  I am looking forward to this project as the client has a unique vision that I am eager to fulfill.

August is flying by!