Monday, December 26, 2016

Exterior Trim

The owner is staining the ipe trim for the house himself! It's looking great!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Corten Siding Progress

We have progress on the Corten steel panels! 
Corten steel is chemically designed to develop an exterior layer of rust as it weathers. The outer layer of rust acts as a protective coating to the steel itself. Corten stands for "CORrosion resistance" and "TENsile strength." The weathering actually strengthens the steel for structural applications.

The Holly Hill House siding protects the house from water intrusion just as well as any typical siding (such as wood, brick, stucco, etc.) and it does not need to be painted. The rust that develops is a nice patina.

We have tested the weathering on material samples and mock-ups and now we are excited to watch the weathering progress on the actual siding!

Material sample to test the corten steel weathering.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Site Visit

Nice progress from our recent site visit...

View from the living room in the main wing of the house.

Window framing details

 The exterior trim is being stained by the owner.

LEFT: A shot of the bridge that connects one wing of the house to main wing.
RIGHT: Stairs lead down to the basement. 
View from the deck and the bridge looking toward Lake Hartwell

One of the bridges that connects a wing of the house to the main wing.

View through the bridges


Bedroom deck

View of main wing from the bedroom deck
Subtle wiring detail
The team!

Friday, December 9, 2016


The house will be clad in CorTen steel.
 The first panels are being installed.
The CorTen requires a well detailed drip edge.
CorTen is intended to weather and develop a layer of rust. The patina acts as a protective layer for the the steel. The image above is a material sample left on site to show how the finish will look.