gnatshop wrote:My personal opinion leans to the all wood, but that's because I love old, weathered wood.
But my realistic side jumps in and says the crosswalk and the horizontal stair landing should be concrete for the needed stength.
The old, weathered stairs and vertical wood sides would still go great with the concrete floors.
When Toivo and Eino were looking up the meaning of ambience, they also studied up on some new construction methods. Just hope
they paid attention to the part about how to reinforce the concrete floors!
Wouldn't hurt to have some heavy timber beams under the crosswalk, too. That wet, mucky concrete gets heavy before it cures!
Great comments and shows your mind is working in overdrive. In the case of the concrete surface in the walkway, maybe you missed when the Porcupine Valley Police had the street blocked off for a month while a support structure was under the walkway for the forms for the concrete pour and the 21 day curing period. You also would have been able to see the large cables and the rerod that was like a checker board in there. On the other hand, if T&E wanted to keep the rustic look, they could, as you say, add needed support beams below the cross walk, at a loss of some clearance height but it would be a good trade off. Right now it is at 24' and losing say 4' surely would work for any truck and load wanting to pass under. Even if it didn't, the truck could be bypassing in through the parking lot to get pass the crosswalk. T&E most likely will draw some new support plan up on a napkin during happy hour this afternoon. Thank you for your input and you can take credit for making a positive change in this world. I don't know how many people will bend down to check that out, but you, me and Toivo and Eino will know it was done right, well their way anyway. I thought we might get a comment about all the different wood patterns used to build this, but maybe everybody understands how these guys build things with what ever material they have laying around. At least they didn't cover it with tar paper like the bunk houses they built. They had a drawing I saw with a roof built above this all, but they claim they lost that napkin someplace. But maybe they will find it again if the whole thing will remain made out of wood . . . they like doing shake roofs.