Spring Week 13

Touring a home in Mississippi

On Monday we had an all day field trip to Columbus, MS. The first home, Riverview, is a Greek revival home built in 1847 with an impressive cupola that has stained glass to match where the light comes in during the different seasons, such as red, blue, green, and purple.  The floor plan, typical to Greek Revivals, is symmetrical.  

Some of the homes in Columbus were open for pilgrimage and were reenacting the original owners and how they lived.  We walked through the home and got a double dose of history and architectural information.  Temple Heights (the 2nd house we toured) was built in 1837, and combined Federal and Greek Revival features.  It has a wonderful garden and porch area, contrary to most Greek Revivals the home is slightly asymmetrical.

Waverly (the 3rd home) was completed in 1852 as a Greek Revival structure.  It is most unique for its enormous octagonal cupola, which everything in the home is oriented.  The plantation was originally a self-sustaining community with gardens, livestock, and orchards.  It even had its own mill.

Putting in insulation
View from above putting in insulation
View from below putting in insulation

We finished putting panels up on the back wall and then moved onto the north facade.

Our final chairs were due on Friday so as soon as we got off site and ate, we hit the shop.  Everyone was hard at work, cutting, sanding, steam-bending, and etc.  

Putting in plumbing line

The MEP team went on a hunt to find the existing plumbing line. They then got down and dirty in the mud and dug trench to attach the newly installed plumbing.  

The sheet rock finally finished, was sanded and wiped down. We began to prime and paint the walls.

Adding walls
Running the bulldozer

We finalized our porch design by going through a few more mockups.  We decided to add stairs to the south facade and a ramp that cuts into the porch.  We also discussed some landscape options and ways to integrate the spaces between Ree’s home and her sister’s neighboring home.