Doors and Trim

We’re almost done with the trimmers. They started a couple days ago and have been fantastic. They are like artists with door and trim as their canvas. As some of you may know, I like woodworking, but I don’t have the patience or skills to do trim work. Read more about our doors and base […]

Exterior Stairs

After months of running up and down an alternately sandy and muddy slope, we have a staircase. This had been part of the plan, but we added some retaining walls too. Check out our post on adding the retaining walls and stairs.

Drywall Hung

It took a while to pass all our inspections to be able to hang the drywall, but we got everything squared away started hanging last Friday. After four days it was all hung and we got it inspected today without any problems. Read our full post on hanging the drywall.

Insulation Install

I have a couple friends that work in the insulation industry and I considered doing some of it myself. But once I got the bids I realized how stupid that idea was. Read the full post about our insulation.

Stone Wall

We wanted to dress up the front of our house so we decided to have some stone installed on the exterior of the stair well bump-out.  It just so happens our new neighbor to the west is a stone mason. He did a great job. Read our full post about installing the dry-stacked slate facade.


Our scratch/brown coat is now complete. This is the first layer of stucco. Once we get all the drywall installed and that weight has settled, the final coat with color will be put on. You can read the full post about our stucco to learn about the bids we received and the process.

Electrical Wiring

We’ve made some great progress on the electrical wiring. Two friends (Scott pictured here) and my dad have come out to help which has sped things up considerably. Read more on our full post about the electrical wiring.


We are just about ready to turn on the heat. The boiler, supply lines, and zone valves have all been installed. No we just need to pass our electrical inspection and we’ll be ready. Learn more at our full post on getting our boiler installed.

Folding Door

We finally got the folding door installed. It was delivered at least a couple months ago and due to delays it has been sitting in our open garage since then. I’m glad to finally have it installed. This was a huge part of our vision for the house and it does not disappoint.  This door […]

Framing and Trusse

Framing is getting close to complete. All the exterior walls and most of the interior walls have been framed. All the trusses are set and the roof sheathing has all been installed. Next up is installing the fascia and soffit around the house and then setting the windows. Before too long we’ll be able to […]

Recent Work


From the Blog

Posted by Mike on April 17th, 2014 at 9:02 am

We’re almost done with the trimmers. They started a couple days ago and have been fantastic. They are like artists with door and trim as their canvas. As some of you may know, I like woodworking, but I don’t have the patience or skills to do trim work. It’s really difficult to get all the […]

Posted by Mike on April 16th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

We’ve been looking into landscaping for the past couple weeks and have been shocked at the bids. For what we consider modest plans we’ve been getting bids in the 10s of thousands. Seriously? It’s not like we’re asking for a series of waterfalls, swimming pools and forests of trees. Just a simple landscape with some […]

Posted by Mike on April 13th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

We finished the drywall and texture a couple weeks ago so started getting bids on interior painting. We got bids from five different companies and were rather shocked to get prices ranging from $5,000 to over $7,000 to prime and paint the interior of our house. Clearly I’m in the wrong business. After some discussion […]

Posted by Mike on April 9th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Our retaining walls and stairs are finally in. We had a snowy night with several inches of snow and I figured that meant we were going to lose a couple more days with a muddy site. But I got a call that the concrete guys were coming to work on our retaining walls. So I headed […]

Posted by Mike on April 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

This is not an April Fool’s joke. It has been one year since we broke ground. That’s a long time and generally a house can be built in less than 12 months. But whether it was bad general contraction on my fault, poor sub-contracting, or just bad luck I don’t know. Probably a little bit […]

Posted by Mike on March 27th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

We’ve got drywall. I repeat, we have got DRYWALL!  OK. That’s a pretty big deal. It is amazing how different a house looks when there are actually walls. If you don’t believe me, just watch the video tour below. Whoops!  I said insulation when I meant drywall. Not much to say about hanging the drywall. […]

Posted by Mike on March 18th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

We had a big step today. We had the insulation installed. That’s a big one because it means we are done inside the walls. I’ll be honest. It was a bit scary. I’ve been working for the past 2+ months on the electrical. And now that we’re closing up the walls, that means I had […]

Posted by Mike on March 17th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Way back when we were working on the design of our house, we wanted to keep the house under a 1,500 sq ft footprint. It sounds easy, but it’s really not. We ended up getting there with the help our our architect. He came up with a great idea to bump out the foundation around […]

Posted by Mike on March 17th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

We got our evaporative cooler (also known as a swamp cooler) installed over the weekend and it passed inspection today. This is great to get our cooling completed. We knew we didn’t want central air conditioning mainly because we have in-floor radiant heat and no ducts in the house. In addition, central air wouldn’t really work […]

Posted by Mike on March 14th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

So we passed our rough framing inspection. This has to be completed after the rough electrical, rough plumbing, and rough mechanical are complete. Mainly because the plumbers (Malcolm) cut out whatever’s in their way. But, we failed the inspection initially on Wednesday, the framers came out Thursday to fix the issues, and we got re-inspected […]