Slide. It took Anderson craftsman Rodney Miller 15 months to build a 4000-pound, 28-foot circular slide out of two kinds of mahogany, 30 gallons of epoxy, and 40,000 staples, removing 36,000 of them after the epoxy dried.
Another major feat was positioning the slide correctly in order to insert all 28 feet of it into the house. After that, Rodney had to build stairs around the slide so that they were “married” to the curvature of the slide.
After getting the contract to build the slide, Rodney said he couldn’t sleep that night. Instead he designed the slide in his head. He said it was like watching a video. Rodney thought it would take 6 months to build the 28-foot circular slide, using a cold-molding technique often used to build ships. Instead it took 15 months. One reason it took so long to build the slide was that Rodney had to stop long enough to add on to his garage in order to accommodate the 16-foot-high slide. The next page shows some of the work on the slide.
Loggia. To add to the light, airy feel of the loggia area, the high ceiling has been painted a warm cream color sympathetic to the Victorian look and has a mural between the ceiling’s beams. The mural is painted on canvas based on an 18th century French wallpaper that depicts a Chinese garden.
Atop the slide, there is a full-sized carved mahogany peacock, with its full tail feathers.