Week 26 – Windows and Doors

Week 26 was a flurry activity as the landscaping guys finished the 140′ retaining wall, the trim guys continued working on the massive tongue and groove ceiling work, and the framed windows and exterior doors got installed. The BEAUTIFUL front door from Eco got installed.  We bought a piece of scrap mahogany to test turquoise […]

Week 25 – (Tongue and) groove is in the heart!

Week 25 – (Tongue and) groove is in the heart!

What sold us on the Palomino plan http://www.houseplans.com/plan/2587-square-feet-3-bedrooms-2-bathroom-modern-house-plan-2-garage-32953 by Robert Nebolon, aside from the mid-century look, were the vaulted tongue and groove ceilings!  Our previous McMansion had two story ceilings in the family room, which was a little over the top.  Trying to change a lightbulb was an EVENT!  The ceilings on the main floor […]

Week 24 – Doors, paneling, walls, and rants

Week 24 – Doors, paneling, walls, and rants

After the abysmal production in week 23, largely due to the July 4th holiday, it was great to see house construction get back into full swing. The trim guys continued to work on the trellis beams and installed the Eichler siding, all walls received primer, the interior doors arrived, and the landscape guys FINALLY got […]

Week 23 – Eichler Siding/T&G Decisions

Week 23 – Eichler Siding/T&G Decisions

Week 23 came and went and we forgot to update our blog on Sunday. Weather was spotty all weekend too, so no quality pics from the big camera. While the landscapers started on what will be a 140 foot retaining wall the trim guys were finishing up the trellis work AND installing our Eichler siding! […]

We just want some cool doors…

We just want some cool doors…

You know, We never really thought about doors until we started building.  My “contemporary” 80s bachelor pad had the old hollow Masonite doors.  You know the ones.  $50 contractor specials.  The  McMansion had about about 35 six panel doors installed.  They worked I guess, though I hated having to dust them.  Once the new house […]

Week 22 – Trellis Time

Week 22 – Trellis Time

Week 22 saw the drywall getting taped, mudded, sanded, and mudded again.  During that time the trim guys got to work on the Trellis.  Over the past few weeks we looked at various materials and the cost associated with using them.  We wanted to use cedar but 3x10s in cedar priced out to over $4500! […]

Week 20 & 21 – The walls close in

Week 20 & 21 – The walls close in

Week 20 was mostly spent getting materials in and coordinating work for this week.  Week 21 saw a flurry of activity with the trim guys working on the window sills and sanding the trellis members, and the sheetrock guys getting to work quickly on the interior walls.  I guess I should call them  gypsum board […]

Week 19 – And The Foam Begins To Flow….

Week 19 – And The Foam Begins To Flow….

Week 19 started off with a bang as the foam truck arrived (actually on Friday of last week) and started pumping the foam.  It was an interesting process to watch as the thin spray kept expanding and expanding.  As mentioned in a previous blog we are installing 6.5″ of open cell foam in the ceilings […]

Week 18 – Wrapping up the rough-in

Week 18 – Wrapping up the rough-in

Week 18 saw the completion of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing rough-in.  Also, the dining room bar framing was completed…   First coat of Cabot white solid stain applied to the glulam beams   South elevation with a couple of beams painted.  18″ glulam over garage still needs to be ripped to 14″   48″ high […]

Dining Hall

Dining Hall

I am thinking about the dining hall today and it is not just because we sent the past couple of days touring Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina; the most extravagant home in America. That house had Dining Halls that were the size of football fields.  Check out my instragram feed for pictures from that trip. […]