A little drama at IKEA. Turns out I was mistaken. OK, wrong.

Lot going on today:

  • The framers get the garage wall up, got the sheer panels on the back wall and prepared for the trusses to go up tomorrow. I suspect tomorrow's pictures will look a lot like a house. A very small but tall house. And, there is some shade inside when the sun angle is low from the sheer panels.
  • The infinity epoxied bolts were epoxied into the bad old stem wall so the house won't blow away. Not bolted down yet, but epoxied. I suspect the epoxy will be dry tomorrow and the bolting down will occur. I had left for IKEA before the engineer arrived to observe the epoxy process so I don't know if he was fussy.
  • The concrete guys got the forms set for the front, back and garage stairs.
  • Bob the plumber finagled the plumbing under the guest tub. Not a simple task. Required a fair bit of fussing and cussing to work around the clean-out for the grey water that passes right under where the tub drain p trap wants to be. Bob sorted without tearing out any more concrete. Good man.
  • CtC found what appear to be perfect joist hangers for the pergola. They are manufactured powder coated and look pretty darn good. The lumber company is cutting the corbels on the 4 x 10 rafters and we should get them delivered tomorrow.

Speaking of corbels. This came-up at IKEA in association with the counter top where sitting, eating, and bullshitting will occur while cooking is conducted in the kitchen. The IKEAers were adamant that there be corbels every 24 inches. I did not want any visible support. We fussed. I finally relented figuring I'd figure something better out. More about that in a second.

What was confusing me was the framers calling the decorative ends on the ends of the joists and beams in the pergola "corbels". And then the IKEAers calling brackets "corbels". So, I looked it up. Seems they are both more or less right. If anything the IKEAers are MORE right. Wikipedia (it's the Internet, so it must be so) says a corbel "is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, a type of bracket." So I followed the link for "superincumbent", I only have a public and state school education. There are 2 x 2's atop the joists so technically SOMETHING is overlaying the joists and the joists do jut.

So. Clearly the IKEAers want a bracket. The framers get a gold star on a technicality.

CenterLine  Brackets are EXACTLY what we need. EXACTLY.

CenterLine Brackets are EXACTLY what we need. EXACTLY.

Now. The solution. One Google query and I learn that I am not the first to run into this situation.  This CenterLine company has a full range of brackets so you can hang granite counter tops from pretty much anything. And they're not expensive. And their design example is almost dead-on to my design challenge.

For $100 this problem goes away...

Here are today's pictures. Note the front courtyard stairs are basically 2 36 inch treads with a 6 inch rise. The back stairs are about the same, but less generous in the tread department. The garage stairs have a convenient wrap-around so you can climb them from the front or the garage door side. There are also several from IKEA with the gray cabinet front, the gray tile we'll use in the bathroom, the cabinet, tile, and Shitake counter top in various combinations. Also a couple of shots of undercabinet lighting that will likely find it's way under the cabinets in the bathrooms.-