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Imperfection Into Art | Day 69 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Imperfection Into Art | Day 69 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Wood walls made from planks, you’re gonna
love it. They say an eco-friendly house can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say
it can. I’m Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity
with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. You know, actually, these boards
look pretty good for number two grade. You know, we’re trying to figure out how to
do the interior walls as affordably as we can. I just like using this locally milled
lumber. And we really couldn’t afford number one grade. This is number two. And the reason
its number two is the…if you look at it closely there’s a lot of knots. Like this
board, for instance, there’s knots here, here, here, all the way down. But, you know,
in a way it sort adds to the charm of things. And when you see these boards up on the walls
upstairs, I think you’re really going to like how it’s looking. When you do this,
you can run the boards vertically, if you want, but I really think you’re going like
this horizontal look. Just take a look at these boards, isn’t it fabulous? So, here
we go, just look at the knots. Suddenly the knots become art. The imperfections became
charm and part of the room. So, I’m loving this. And now, if you do this at home, whether
you run them vertically or horizontally like this, you need to make sure that the wood
is completely kiln dry. You want it really dry. You don’t want any moisture in it.
Because what’s going to happen is these spaces between the boards will open up just
a little bit over time. So you want to start with the driest material possible. And what
Tony’s done is he’s put in, per board in each stud, 3 to 2 inch nails. You can see
here these are finishing nails. And what we’ll do is we’ll come along after this and caulk
for each one of these little holes is, or not. It’s one of the aspects of this sort
of farm house chic approach that we’re taking is that, you know, some of these imperfections
would show. So, in a barn or even a farm house you wouldn’t of necessarily caulked these
holes. So we may just leave them. I’ll just have to see how it looks. And then what Tony
did here at this 45 degree angle, he cut this particular board on a bevel, so it meets nicely
at this point where it turns up toward the ceiling. And what we did, if you’ll notice,
we used 1 by 8 lumber here, so you got an 8 inch board here and then below it is a 6
inch board. So we alternated 1 by 6s and 1 by 8s all the way up the walls and across
the ceiling as well. Hey, if you’re enjoying following our progress on the house, make
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3 comments found

  1. That cabin look looks great. But I would have tempered it with one wall finished in a different material to really give the room some architectural interest. I know you're on a strict budget but the family room and master bedroom would be the 2 spaces to incorporate a "feature wall."

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