The weather has been perfect for finishing outside work at our rural new home project. The siding was completed and the painters have been busy painting the exterior. The owners selected a very rural theme for the house and outbuilding….barn red with white trim. With the board and batten style siding I think the buildings fit really well into our countryside. With the soybean crop in front of the buildings it looks like it could be an old farmstead.

Interior work has been progressing as well. The red oak flooring is being installed and finished on site. I like the looks and durability of site finished flooring like this. When sanded the floor is totally smooth and flat. With three coats of floor finish the finish is very tough and will hold up to years of service. Then, if it does need refinishing, it is easy to screen or sand and recoat.

While the flooring is being installed the carpenters are working on the stairways. Both the upper and lower stairs are red oak to match the floors. There are railings with a newel post at the base. In keeping with the simplicity of the home, the balusters and newels are square materials. The same simplicity holds true for our door and window trim. We are using a heavy oak casing at the head and sill, extending it about an inch past the side casings. The side casings are not as thick as the head casing which creates a pleasant appearance as the two wood trims butt together.