Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I decided to go with no window trim, just drywall. I think it turned out great, what do you think?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bedroom Floor

My father and I installed a bamboo floor in the bedroom. It looks great!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Cubic Yards of Concrete

The slab was poured today. The color will lighten up as it cures to a very nice Hailstorm Gray color. The pictures were taken while they were still finishing the concrete, hence the foot prints.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ready to Pour

Concrete Floor Tomorrow!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Ken, Cornbread, and myself installed the first siding panel on Sunday. The panels measure 12 feet x 4 feet and weigh 100 pounds each. Thanks to our extensive knowlegde of physics, and Ken's collection of staps, pulleys, ropes, etc. it was a breeze. The panels will eventually develop a deep red coating of rust.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Heavier Lifting

This is why I recommend hiring a structural engineering (www.kloesel-engineering.com) to install 400 pound windows!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Heavy Lifting

Well, in the two months that I haven't posted, we've been busy working. The exterior foam and membrane is nearly complete, and the windows are going in. I'm using a galvanized steel jamb extensions on the outside, installed prior to the window.

Today, we installed one of the large windows, 12+ feet tall and nearly 300 pounds. Nothing a few pulleys and a winch couldn't handle.

Foam Complete

Jack and Ken and the window being lifted

View from the kitchen.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Weekend Warriors

Ken and I have been busy.

Here's a summary of the exterior building envelope:
Tyvek home wrap, followed by 3" expanded polystyrene foam with double 2x4 bands for nailers for the siding, followed by Wrap Shield membrane for airtightness and bulk water barrier.

Hey Pops, recognize the pencil in my ear??

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Taking Control

So, Ken and I set up my new aluminum pump jack system today.  It went up pretty easily.  Now he and I can finish the exterior.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

It's electric

The electrical rough in is complete.  Plumber is supposed to start Tuesday.
Here's a look at the second floor.  Straight ahead is the bathroom.  To the left is the mechanical room.  To the right, you fall down to the first floor.

I built a door today to keep the neighborhood thieves away from my copper.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The white material is 3" thick expanded polystyrene. Over that, we're putting on a breathable, water resistant membrane by Vaproshield, taping the joints to maintain our air tight envelope. Then, wood furring strips to attach the siding to.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I've finally made some decisions regarding the siding. I'm planning to use flat sheets of corten weathering steel. The following picture shows what it will look like once it's weathered:

So we're installing felt paper on the plywood followed by 3" of Expanded Polystyrene Rigid Foam insulation, then covering the foam with wrapshield by Vaproshield. The steel siding will be installed on wood furring strips, creating a rainscreen. The wrapshield will act as a breathable water resistant membrane.

The above picture shows the double 2x4 frames around the window openings, which will be flush with the foam, for the siding attachment.