with Character: Show Index
The following files cover our eleven-part series
on the construction of our House with Character project.
The focus of this project is to define what brings character to
a house and how to incorporate it into new construction. The Home
Office, Home Theater,
and Lower Level shows, also
take place in this home.
(6,060 finished sq. ft.)
Broadcast Sept.-Nov. 1995 and Re-Broadcast June-Aug. 1996)
with Character: Defining Character
Johnson and Robin Hartl follow the construction of a high-end home with emphasis
on design, products, and rich architectural details. They show historical and
contemporary examples of houses with and without character; consult with project
architects; and explore the history of the area.
with Character: The Foundation
the floorplan; the foundation is poured; and the first-floor deck is framed.
with Character: The Shell
the shape, dynamics and economics of the shell as the above-ground walls are poured;
exploring window and roof design options.
with Character: Roofing & Windows
the effects of daylighting and views; installing redwood fascia and concrete roof
with Character: Exterior Spaces
erosion control and prairie landscape; constructing stone retaining wall ; installing
stamped concrete walkways and terraces.
with Character: Mechanical Systems
the character of the interior spaces; installing radiant heating, geothermal heat
pump, and a stamped concrete driveway.
with Character: Finishes
insulation and veneer plaster on the inside, and cast concrete and stonework on
with Character: Finish Carpentry
doors, cabinets and trim; applying stucco exterior; starting landscaping.
with Character: Interior Finishes
staircase, countertops and wood floors; landscaping continues.
with Character: Features
stone and tile floors; lighting controls and mechanical systems become operational.
with Character: Final Touches
appliances and plumbing fixtures; final walk through with the architects and analyze
with Character Plans
plans for the first and second floors of the House with Character.
with Character Tour
the house room by room to see the finished results.