kimchi & kraut

Passive House + Zero Net Energy + Permaculture Yard

Starting Over…

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Some basic design elements for our new house:

 

Wood: (including Charred Cedar)

Some really helpful videos that gave me the confidence to try this:

 

 

 

 

charred cedar samples on driveway

Some charred cedar boards I did last summer. The first two on the left have an “alligator” finish; the three on the right have been “brushed”, allowing more of the red in the wood to show through after much of the char has been removed.

 

charred cedar sample board with natural

A sample board showing the charred cedar in combination with “natural” oiled cedar. Still working on the exact layout and combination of the charred and “natural” boards. We will want to try something more adventurous than the basic layout you see here.

The charring is surprisingly easy to do with a little practice. If, however, you’re not up for it, but you’d still like to use it on your own house, here are some companies that will do it for you:

deltamillworks.com  (featured in the Risinger video above)

charredwood.com

resawntimberco.com  (they have a lot of cool options — even flooring!)

 

realmilkpaint.com

 

realmilkpaint.com

I use their Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent products to finish the cedar, and it works great on concrete or stone, especially when going for an “aged” effect. We’re also going to use it for finishing our wood floors — produces a fairly durable, easy to touch-up, slightly ambered matte finish. It is also very easy to work with.

 

Concrete

buddyrhodes.com

buddyrhodes.com

I really like their Craftsman mix — great for decorative pieces, easy to work with, and it produces really great results (and it’s easy to add glass or pigment to the mix as well). Their Bone Paste slurry mix is also fun to use, and great for creating dramatic highlights when filling voids.

homemade-modern.com (they have interesting projects, with easy to follow instructions)

Concrete is usually thought of as oppressive and ugly, but there’s actually a lot of interesting ways to use it that bring out its potential as a decorative element.

Below is a concrete piece using Buddy Rhodes with real coffee beans embedded in the concrete (the beans were on the bottom of the form before pouring the concrete over them). I used the Dark Tung oil product from realmilkpaint.com to give it an added “aged” effect:

coffee bean concrete mold

 

Metal

ALIVE rust blog photo

I’ve learned how to prematurely rust bare steel, so some key spots will have this.

 

charred bench leg idea

There will also be metal hardware involved.

 

charred bench side view of legs

Unfinished charred bench from last summer.

 

towel bar idea

We will be using gas pipe for shelving and storage elements.

We’re going for an urban-rustic look and feel, so there will be some factory/farm tools, with a variety of similar objects around as well — either partly reconditioned, like below, or re-contextualized in some fun way:

rusty red wheel

 

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