Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Guest Book

I've been toying with asking guests to send us any fun pics of their trips for me to post over here - kind of like outsourcing my blogging responsibilities. I haven't followed up on it yet, but here are some guests' own blogs where visits to (or hopes to visit) LostRiverModern have been memorialized:

  • Simplesong
  • ThreePotatoFour
  • and more from TPF
  • Sweaty Guinea Pig (these guys put our kitchen through its paces)
  • The Mark Pike
  • Samantha Hahn
  • Something's Hiding in Here
  • Friday, March 27, 2009

    In the Press

    So we've had a very positive response to our little fifteen minutes of fame in Dwell (though for my money, the pictures are much more fun than the article).

    And while we don't yet have a "Press" link on the real site for the house, we should. So I'm going to aggregate all the press we've had in this post, and eventually migrate it over to LostRiverModern. We've been very fortunate to have some wonderful sites write up little bits on our place and owe a big THANKS to everyone who has been nice enough to point people our way, including:
    I'm sure most of you have already visited these sites, but if you haven't head over and check them out. Great reading for anybody interested in a modern aesthetic...

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    Bus Shed

    We had a contractor out to at the house this week to talk about landscaping and that's what he called my wood shed. He said you see sheds like ours at the end of driveways in WV for kids to use while they wait for the bus for school in the morning (or to hide from the school bus in the morning). With all this wood in it, I think it's actually starting to look like a wood shed.

    I wish I could say I filled it myself. But I'd been going at the giant log pile out there an hour or two at a time and not making much progress (enough to keep guests with wood for fires, but barely). So I broke down and hired someone local to have a go at it. He's making better progress than I was (and for $400 for what it already about 3 cords of wood, I think it is money well spent).

    Yes, I like birds...

    I am so building one of these (after the downstairs deck, the landscaping, the basement closets, the treehouse...):

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    Speaking of birds...

    I hung this out at the house last week:

    Sarah got it for me for Christmas from Nova68.

    Monday, March 23, 2009


    DWR is having their fifteenth (since I started counting) "once-in-a-lifetime" sale, which ends tonight. Seem to be some good deals, but too rich for my blood, with the exception of this:

    Looking for ideas

    I've got about 200 sf of 3"x6' bamboo floor boards left over and I'm brainstorming ideas for what to do. I am dream-sketching a treehouse for the boys and wonder how the bamboo would do outside. Anyone know? How bout as a rainscreen on a treehouse like this:

    (That's the model for our treehouse at the moment - we're reaching for the stars...)

    So will bamboo swell/contract enough left out in the elements to cause a problem on a rainscreen? I'd rip it lengthwise into 1" wide planks, then fasten to furring strips. Will it pop the screws?

    Other ideas for the bamboo: a table top (maybe a coffee table?), shelves for the downstairs closets, a bench...

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    So many blogs to read

    Looking around for modern landscaping ideas and stumbled across PLASOLUX, a pretty fun modern-everything blog. Since I seem to be getting the blogging itch again, I think it's about time to update my blog roll and highlight some of the regular sites I've been visiting...

    Saturday, March 21, 2009


    Michael and I have both been a bit sick, and we thought he had strep, so even though he was feeling better we thought we should keep him home from school. And since the weather was supposed to be great, we headed out to the house. Hung a swing we'd picked up from Ikea, met with a couple of different landscaper options, and talked through some details about the next projects on tap. But mostly just enjoyed the warmth...