Lamberson House Restoration

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Tom
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I've looked through all pages on this thread I was not able to find an extended discussion of the structural steel.
There is a brief mention in one of the early pages about the beam over the brick alcove at the end of the living room.
Reviewing the photographs: no exposed steel mullions - no surprise there, all cased out in wood.
So I wonder if I should presume that the typical sash detail on the prints shown here: are all bolted steel rectangles covered in wood?
They are large dimensioned casements, so maybe bolted steel frames were required.

The mullions between the casement windows contain structural steel T's.
These T's are capped at the bottom with a steel plate and rest on the sill of the low brick wall.
The detail does not show any connection between the mullion and the brick wall.
Of course the T's are welded to the beam above.

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Tom- I’ll take some photos this weekend of the window details.

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Post by Tom »

Cool Peterm - thanks.
These prints are really a very well executed set of drawings.

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Bringing this forward.

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New photos of Lamberson taken by Emilene Leone this weekend-
Notice the aerial photos in particular. I’ve always been curious as to what the birds see! She’s putting the drone to much better use than the usual illegal political assassination:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN ... 50VnBZRDFB

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Oh, what a delicious environment ! You have really done her justice, Peter.

The last bedroom shot is particularly seductive. And it looks like you have the landscaping to the point of perfection. My sincerest congratulations, more deserved now than ever . . .

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Post by Matt2 »

I'd never noticed the ceiling boards before. They seem wider than we usually see in a Wright house...and ship-lapped.

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I've always known this as a plywood ceiling; photographer Leone has brought me the information that the pieces are narrower than one expects from that material. Perhaps a matter of scale ? One wonders . . .

What a gorgeous set of photos.

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The bold yellow of the banquette upholstery is especially handsome. Sometimes the autumnal nature of color schemes in FLW houses is overdone. This is a perfect accent. I noticed that color used in the living room at the Arnold Friedman House; it "pops," as they say.

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SDR and Matt- The ceiling, and all of the built in woodwork with the exception of cabinets, doors and shelves is 1/4” redwood plywood. The walls are 4’ by 6’8” hung vertically. Strips above the fascia move horizontally. The ceiling pieces are cut to 2’ by 8’ strips and lapped.

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Over the passage near the kitchen, the lapped plywood makes a greater shadow line than would seem to result from lapped 1/4" plywood alone. Could it be that a filler strip was applied at the edge of some courses, to created that effect ? Or is that an illusion confined to the photograph ?

A greater mystery (for me) is found in the upper right corner of this photo https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM ... authuser=0

where the vertical joints between one or two pairs of ceiling boards appear as horizontal lines rather than ones following the ceiling pitch. Another view of the same portion of ceiling appears in the preceding image. What could account for this "impossible" anomaly ? Anyone ?

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Peter,
How do you deal with plowing a gravel driveway?

Great photos. You and Stafford have re-created a piece of art.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Just saw this now, Paul.

Though we hire someone to do it a few times in the winter, here is some practical advice for plowing over gravel:

Go slow
Adjust the blade height a bit higher.
Turn off the radio and listen while you plow.
Start at the center.
Take multiple passes for heavy accumulation.

SDR- My guess is the “horizontal line illusion” us most likely the result of the wider angle of the lens? Let me see if I can find another similar photo.

I’m not sure what you’re seeing at the kitchen entrance other than shadow. That photo was taken early evening and the sun was quite low in the sky. A 1/4” lap might appear greater due to the shadows.
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Roderick Grant
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Even though gravel is more difficult to deal with, it is worth it to avoid having blacktop ruin the approach to a beautiful house. Aesthetically, it is even better than good old concrete, which often doesn't age well. Gravel is eternal.

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I’m very happy with the gravel. And with no downspouts it’s the best way to go. The only downside is dust tracked into the house.

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