So this gives us an inch of concrete board, half an inch of the vermiculite/clay mixture, and then a layer of terra cotta tile for the hearth. Now I just have to clean it off my nice shiny corrugated steel.
Here's the fully mudded hearth
We also...finally....installed the ladder to the loft:
And prepainted a bunch of stuff for the morrow.
And, of course, with the top installed, as indicated by an off camera Vannah White
And COMMENT, damn ye.