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2008 January | Berlin+Opsal Residence :: Dallas, TX

Archive for January, 2008

ARBOR DAY CAME EARLY

liveoak_1.jpg liveoak_2.jpg liveoak_31.jpg  Our new trees got some nice big holes to sit in today. Two beautiful new live oaks. One in the front lawn area flanking the flatwork around the pool, the other is set on the back side of the house just off of the driveway. Thanks to Dad Berlin for tagging such beautiful trees and to all the hard work and big digging from the guys at Fannin Tree Farms in Frisco, these new live oaks have a happy new home. 

SET TO BE STAINED

downstairs_cabinet.jpg downstairs_cabinet_2.jpgThe downstairs main cabinetry work is almost finished. It’s a massive module of rift cut white oak that will be finished off in a deep ebony colored stain. The front side houses the AV equipment and entertainment materials, the reverse side conceals the refrigerator and ovens. Stayed tuned for more images once the painters do their thing.

CORTEN STEEL UPDATE

rusting_metal.jpgIt’s been about 45 days since the installation of the corten steel. The southwest side of the home, the first to go up, is starting to develop a nice patina. Rainy days become a welcome state when trying to weather the exterior of the house.

CABINET INSTALLATION

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Kitchen cabinets showed up onsite this week. The cabinets look amazing. The kitchen cabinets are a paint grade MDF and will be finished in a light slate gray finish with matching counter tops. The upstairs cabinets will be painted to match. A large kitchen was a must for Amy and I. This one measures in at 20×20 with over 70 square feet of counter space.

TIMELINE PHOTOS :: DECEMBER 2007 - JANUARY 2008

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CEMENT PLASTER UNDERWAY

cement_plaster_4.jpgcement_plaster_2.jpgcement_plaster_3.jpgcement_plaster_1.jpgThe cement plaster on the main tower section started this week. It’s an amazing craft and almost therapeutic to watch these guys work. It’s a four step process for every wall. The end result looks like poured-in-place concrete and is glass smooth to the touch. The plaster wraps the entire front entry tower inside and out and also defines the back wall of the kitchen and the mantle in the living room.