That photo above is of the entry with shou sugi ban cladding. Shou sugi ban, also termed yakisugi, is a Japanese method of preserving wood through burning the exposed-to-the-elements part of it. This looks absolutely perfect and complements the rest of the house really well. We'll have an inside accent wall-in-the-hall clad with sugi as well. Plan to leave the ceiling in here sealed but natural. The whole entry sequence is turning out badass. Can't wait to see this in person!
This is a peek at the concrete floor in the basement, stained and mottled black. It also looks quite sweet.
No flooring for the first floor as of yet. It will be slate. Been having anxiety attacks (jk! [kinda]) over how closely the delivered material looks like the photos. Hoping it's dark and not too brown... Now that we've gone over to the dark side, we want it to go all the way!
Here's the linear fireplace. If you look closely, you can see that the volume holding it is clad in large-format, vertically-oriented white tile. We went back-n-forth n back-n-forth on how to best treat this volume. Was initially thinking black but, after gawking at numerous photos of linear fireplaces, went with white to show off the linearity of the fireplace. This will be one of those decisions that I will wonder about until I'm on my deathbed...
I have this artwork to hang over this side of the fireplace:
And the tile got finished in the primary bathroom! Unfortunately, we were wanting the tile on the floor in the same direction as on the wall such that visually your eyes carried you in the same direction. However, it probably had to be in this direction due to the linear drain. :-( c'est la vie!
We'll be heading up to Cloudcroft at the end of the month to get a short reprieve from the heat (100 degrees lately here in Austin!), see Wendy's brother, and check on the progress. Hoping to spent a couple weeks in it in July-August to "break it in" and enjoy the space.