Cypress and more Cypress

Our cypress and decking for the master and office areas arrived nearly two weeks ago.  We are using 6″x 12′ select cypress boards for our ceiling throughout the house.  Emily and I spent 2.5 days last weekend and a few hours yesterday sanding and “pickeling” (white-washing) this wood.  Our friend Miah came by last Saturday to help sand for a few hours.  The “pickeling” technique is pretty straight forward; sand the board, apply a coat of paint and wipe the paint off with a rag.  We were going for something really light, and I think we found our groove after the first 20-30 boards.  To date we have completed 180 boards.  It really feels like we have completed 500.  We have a total of 320 to finish for both wings of the house, not including the outdoor covered space.

What else?  We continue to get the dreaded “not included” from our builder.  I won’t go into detail on this, but I feel that I would now be able to write a pretty air-tight building contract.  Unfortunately this was a skill I lacked prior to building.  In any case, I trust that we can get through this.

WAPA got our temporary power hooked up Friday.  Funny story, they actually came out Monday to set us up, however, our house number wasn’t big enough on the temporary pole, so they told us to make it bigger and the will come back, 5 days later.

Work on the house these past two weeks consisted of finishing the rafters, painting the rafters, pouring the back wall for the pool deck, getting the pool area ready, and getting ready to pour the guest “wing” walls.  We finished Friday by actually pouring the walls.  For those keeping track we have now used 247 yards of concrete.

We have also signed a contract for AC installation, met with Gaston from PVC Windoors out of Miami, and spent plenty of time talking to vendors about roof coatings, cistern coatings and paint.

3-1-2011 - The arrival of the cypress

3-1-2011 - The arrival of the cypress

3-1-2011 - Deck Wall forms

3-1-2011 - Deck Wall forms

3-1-2011 - Rainbow

3-1-2011 - Rainbow

3-3-2011 - Rafter Work

3-3-2011 - Rafter Work

3-3-2011 - Finished Pool Deck Back Wall

3-3-2011 - Finished Pool Deck Back Wall

3-3-2011 - Finished Pool Deck Back Wall

3-3-2011 - Finished Pool Deck Back Wall

3-5-2011 - Miah helping with sanding the cypress

3-5-2011 - Miah helping with sanding the cypress

3-5-2011 - Cypress Drying Station

3-5-2011 - Cypress Drying Station

3-5-2011 - Emily working on the cypress

3-5-2011 - Emily working on the cypress

3-7-2011 - Footings for powder room/pantry that will connect to the main living

3-7-2011 - Footings for powder room/pantry that will connect to the main living

3-7-2011 - Pouring Walls

3-11-2011 - Pouring Walls

3-11-2011 - Pouring Walls

3-11-2011 - Pouring Walls and Painting Rafters

3-11-2011 - Pouring Walls

3-11-2011 - Pouring Walls

3-12-2011 - More Cypress

3-12-2011 - More Cypress

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters, starting pool, and poured office walls

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters, starting pool, and poured office walls

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters (and temporary support)

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters (and temporary support)

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters (love this shot)

3-12-2011 - Finished rafters (love this shot)

3-12-2011 - Emily

3-12-2011 - Emily

 

 

4 thoughts on “Cypress and more Cypress

  1. Very good Website. Love sites that address issues with building in the USVI. We have property on Scenic Drive and hope to build there someday.
    Would it be possible to post a copy of your house plan? Its hard to visualize what the finished product is going to look like.
    What are you using for roof rafters? They look like 3×8’s or 10’s. Just woundering because you don’t see 3x lumber up north.
    Well, good luck with your build.
    Rich

  2. It is great that you are documenting the building process and sharing with everyone! Your mom told me about this site last night and I really enjoyed the pictures. Not quite the steps that we had to take when building; way more concrete and hassles getting building materials, but we also don’t have a view anywhere near comparible to the beautiful scene out your windows! I can’t wait to see it in person some day. I noticed that your mom’s my room is on the office side, sweet! We will meet you in the middle at the pool! Shelly

  3. Hey Rich, I will try to find something I can post to show the layout. We have been asked about our “pod” house numerous times and have to explain that it will be a “U”. As for the lumber, yes, we are using 3x10s and 3x12s. Some of the hips called out for 4x but there was a 4 week wait time on those and we couldn’t find any on island so we made those 3×12 instead of 4×10.

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