- May 10, 2019
- 3 min read
Our Silo House (Part 4)
I know let me hear it...I have left you all hanging for a few weeks.
With my busy schedule I am finally getting around to part 4 of our silo house story. In part 3, we left off with a cliff hanger. If you recall, I hated the Venetian plaster on the walls on our silo house that we selected. I felt like it was too dark, the already small space felt tiny, and I was totally unsure about the color.
Well my dilemma has resolved and the color grew on me once I put things into perspective. I knew the finish work that I had selected was light and airy in color and I trusted the process and how the project would come together in the end. Now that the plaster was completed, the actually finish work could begin.
The next step in the building process was to install the tile. The tile was installed and we selected a Tuscany Beige Travertine tile imported from Italy to be laid on the bottom level of the home. The tile runs throughout the first floor of the home and as you can see it looks amazing! Once the tile was laid, cabinets could go in! We selected Antique White cabinets that were ordered from Lowes. Back to the fact that we are building a round house, this did not make the process easy to install square cabinets into a round space; custom curved cabinets was not in the price point.
As the tile and the cabinets were completed the rock work on the steps and accent wall was also able to be installed. The rock on the stairs had to be cut to smaller pieces in order to curve and lay as flat as possible onto the sheetrock.
The fireplace had to be custom built to the curvature of the wall as seen below and was also finished off with the same Villa Stacked Stone from the country of Turkey that is imported to the US. The light finish work began to lighten the dark walls. The fireplace was built to accommodate the propane insert, TV and the beautiful mantle that came from an old beam that was stripped down to reveal the grain in the wood.
While the work was still in process downstairs finishing the fireplace, tile and rock work, my father, husband and myself began the work on the loft of installing the railing. Solid oak newel posts make up the wood portions of the railing and we custom ordered and designed the metal design from solid iron, powder coated balusters. This was a fun tricky process getting everything calculated precisely to come out as envisioned (all while trying to entertain our site manager, baby Emiliana).
The railing on the stairs had to be curved so therefore we had to special order a handrail that curved. It came as a 16ft wood stick that was split into about ten pieces. To get it to bend, you must apply wood glue on each piece, bend to the curvature desired and leave clamped to dry as seen above for 48 hours.
Side note: In the above photos, check out those shelves that we incorporated into the wall and tiled with the Tuscany Tile and Villa Stacked Stone to tie into the rest of the house.
Once the railing was finished, carpet was installed and my baby could not be happier to finally be able to crawl on a soft surface other than wood chips and dust.
Stay Tuned for Part 5! Coming next week (I promise)!
After Part 6, the final reveal of the completed home will be posted in Part 7!