Thursday, June 14, 2012

Time Delayed Thank You

It seems like I'm going to have to fight to keep from having a 'time delay' aspect to this blog. It's been over a month now since our last job finished and we moved full time back into the Tareski/ Mazama cabin. Maybe it's just the aspect of getting up to speed on the whole thing, wanting to kind of fill in the blanks about 'Smarter Than The Wood'. And then there is the split personality of the early part of it's development. Much of the energy in the beginning came from the revitalized website.  Going forward, posts that relate more to the original smarter than the wood premise should begin to dominate. I'm looking forward to posts about the recycled wood flooring we'll be using in the "cabin" and the carriage style garage doors Nick and I have been creating over the last 10 years. Maybe a post or two about log posts and different ways to highlight them in a covered porch or even some of the wrought iron details we've been able to incorporate into our projects.

Anyway, I wanted to give a shout out to Jim & Kristi, owners of the beautiful home we recently completed near Winthrop. If all client/owners were as easy to work with as they have been everyone would want in on the action. If you're familiar with the portfolio page on my website, Jim & Kristi's home is the 'work in progress' icon (talk about time delay). I'll be moving them into their own spot soon so that the new Tareski cabin can begin being featured as well.

'another satisfied customer'

So, here's to you, Jim & Kristi. It's been great getting to know you and working with you to create one of the nicest homes in the Valley. Your considered way of allowing the place to evolve and grow to more than it originally was, made for a most positive experience for all of us. Thank you!

Monday, June 11, 2012

“Rock” Stars – Big Bessie part II

Over the past couple of weeks, the singular impact of Bessie and Billie Bob has been transformed by the addition of hundreds of brother and sister stones. The finely completed fireplace is now an even more impressive collaboration of stone.

"The Family Stone"
The quality of stone chosen by Dave “the ├╝ber mason” and his right hand man Luke has translated into an awe-inspiring work of high-level craftsmanship. There is no “rock jumble” here.

Dave and Bessie, proud papa.
The overall effect is of carefully selected and skillfully set stone with true lines and square corners. The rustic wood mantle harmonizes well with the organic nature of these beautiful river stones. The larger stones at the base anchor the fireplace, while the throat of the chimney tapers nicely as it stretches for the ceiling. Individual “statement” size stones decorate the chimney face as it transitions from mantle to roof.

Built to last
            I can imagine relaxing after dinner, my mind wandering as I watch the faces in the stone reflect back in the firelight.

            Thanks Dave and Luke, you absolutely did justice to this one. Years from now visitors to this mountain valley cabin will surely remark: “They just don’t build them like they used to.”