Now in the final stage of construction, we are concentrating on final finishes. That means that our civil work is done and so is most of our woodwork. We are now laying the floors, polishing the wood, tiling the pool and getting ready for planting.
A significant milestone is completing the woodwork for the main house. As you can see in the more recent photos of the house, we have used wood quite liberally. The main reason is the design of a very open home that allows the indoor to connect seamlessly with the outdoors. The resulting large openings in the house (every room in the main house has two walls that completely open) need frames and doors, hence the large scale use of wood. Also in the construction of the house, we have tried to reduce the use of RCC due to the carbon emissions associated with cement production. In addition, typical RCC construction over large spans tends to result in sections that are thick and heavy. Instead we wanted a structure that looked light and was able to blend into the surrounding and not be a big block of concrete that has been dropped thoughtlessly on the greenfield site. The resulting material of choice was structural steel and wood.
|View of the LHS bedroom with the woodwork for the screen, door opening, roof and chajja|
|View of our amazing carpenters fixing the screen louvers in the front and back of living room|
|View of LHS bedroom with the sliding doors all in Burma Teak|
|View of stacked doors waiting to be installed in various rooms|
Look out for:
Part II of this post where we will discuss our efforts to treat wood, and
Part III where we discuss sustainability aspects of using wood
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