Over the last week significant progress has been made toward finishing the house. The rough pine was cut and shaped into stairs.
The images below show the 12/4 (Yes, 3″ thick!) pine cut into stair treads and assembled into a beautiful set of stairs to travel from the 1st floor to the loft.
The stairs from the 1st floor to the basement are also beginning to take shape. The owner closet beneath the stairs has been finished and the timber frame landing above the basement stairs has been completed.
In addition to the stairs, the pine accent walls have begun to be installed.
Pine is a native tree species to Maine and it is very common to see the interior of houses completely clad in it! However, rather than muddle the clean interior lines with tons of smooth-planed pine, I elected to selectively highlight pine as it would first be cut from the tree-rough. A number of walls in the house have been clad with rough pine that shows all the character of the wood as it would exist after the first pass through the sawmill.
The last notable development is that paint is being applied! The majority of the house has now been primed and it is truly beginning to feel like a home. A few photos to give you perspective are below.