The White Swan gets a bit of attention as the rain has slowed us on Rodney’s floor. Alex is putting the interior wainscot on which I have chosen to lift up to 43″ this time to add an effect I am after. The ledge will compress the area under the loft walkway that is above the window but add the illusion of height.
The colors of the glass, the rich cobalt and crimson are my favorites with the green to add the healing light and blue to calm the day. It makes it fun to mix and match the milk paints of the past this way, in a 5″ 1890’s beaded wood that came from several different houses, rooms, and dates. Some is rough sawn on the back and some was planed, with boards as thick as 5/8 ths on one wall and 3/8 ths on another. Some boards have several layers which will be scraped and sanded, wiped down, and then soaked with Walnut Oil, hand rubbed after a couple hours. The next day it is oiled once more, and hand rubbed down again.
Walnut oil smells much sweeter than Tung Oil is why, in case you were wondering, and it polymerizes when it dries. I like the Oil to help keep the color rich by allowing the greater absorption of light that goes deeper into the wood and paints to allow your eyes to see them better. Outside I do prefer Tung Oil.
You can see the Icynene insulation and the framing easy this way. You might notice the trusses that go up in the corners on both sides to add massive strength to keep the house from wrenching out of square. There is also a galvanized cable that goes up through the scissors of the truss around through the ridge beam, and all the way back down the other side to clamp onto the anchor piers at the corner of the house when it is set into its homestead.
There is much more to learn on the Puresalvageliving.com website that shows you how to build this very house, although many things have changed from the original design, so as to teach you how to sway with the winds of organic design. When your choices are not limited to what is in the big box store, you can be much more creative and in love with what you build.