As we install the last of the finish materials in the basement project, we finally get to see what our architect, Eric Odor, had in mind months and months ago when he conceived of the design: a wide open space, divided into functional areas and tied together architecturally by the arched millwork under a curved vault.
To execute the curved paneling (as well as the fireplace surround) we enlisted Keith Olson. He took a piece of pre-finished molding from our cabinet company, programmed its profile into his CNC (“computer numerical control”) router, and turned the router loose. After it traveled back and forth for a mile and a quarter we had a perfectly matching piece of arched cherry trim.
Nick Niesen returned to hook up the fireplace. Most gas fireplaces have a metal grill along the bottom that hides the valve and the other mechanical elements. But THIS fireplace has the guts hidden somewhere else (we’re not quite sure where). Add in some incredibly realistic flames and it’s hard to believe it’s not burning real wood.
Tony Thill and the Granite Guys pulled off the neat trick of cutting the kitchen counter and the backsplash out of one piece of Kalahari granite. So the patterns and veining in the stone flow continuously across the top and up the wall.
Our plumber, Dave Newstrom, reappeared to install the sinks, toilet and shower heads. We figured we could install the shower door. This door turned out to be right at the limit of what we’ll try on our own. It took Dan and Miriam the better part of the day to pour over the instructions and carefully, VERY carefully, assemble and install it. But it was worth it when it was all done.