If you’ve been reading my blog at Black Canyon Builders, you know that I love reclaiming and repurposing old materials. Blending a heritage design or material with a contemporary living space is both an aesthetic that I appreciate and a challenge that I look forward to. That fusion is at the heart of many modern timber frame homes. The timber frame carriage house at the Day Property is no exception.
We installed the staircase this week, using floor joists salvaged from the original Day House.
I began by circular sanding the boards to give texture, both for traction and appearance, on each tread.
A light buff gives a smooth, yet pleasantly grainy, finish. I sealed the wood with a neutral spar varnish to pull out even more grain, and lend bomber protection.
This stairway is a closed string design to take full advantage of opportunity to see a long expanse of the repurposed joists.
Keep checking back for more updates. I’m happy to announce that both the main Day House and this timber frame carriage house have been accepted into the Durango Parade of Homes, for September 2011. I hope you can make it by to check out the homes, and that we’ll have a chance to meet in person.