Saturday, August 29, 2009

More Slab Please

Newly laid carport slab. After removing the forms, the sides of the slab didn't turn out to be as silky smooth as we had hoped so they will need to do some work later on to clean it up.

This post is dedicated to Jim for his fervent support of my blogging activities.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

After The Rain

View from the master bedroom after some good rainfall.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Gerkin windows have finally arrived. Hard to tell right now how they will look installed but here's what they look like piled up against a wall.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

That's my blanket

And again late Tuesday afternoon after coming home from work. They have somehow managed to procure the most comfortable blanket in the house as well.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Most Comfortable Chair in the House

While we wait for the windows to arrive, I'm going to take this time to introduce a couple of the residents that will be living with us once the new house is built. When you enter our current home, this lounge chair is typically the first thing you will see. This was taken Sunday afternoon after coming home from errands.

Friday, August 14, 2009


The framer wanted to make the 20 foot high walls in the living room a tad bit stiffer in case of excessive wind sheer, which our builder effectively demonstrated by body-checking the wall.

A couple of full-height five inch steel posts bolted onto some LVL's should do the trick.

Kitchen Wall

You wouldn't be able to tell based on our last 8 or so posts, but we actually have other rooms in the house other than the master bedroom. Here is a view of our kitchen wall. It may not be very exciting right now, but imagine this wall covered entirely by cabinets from floor to ceiling. For reference, that window is 7 feet wide and 3 feet high.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


View from the master balcony, without those pesky walls.

Another Reason to Stay in Bed

Photo taken from the approximate location of my head while laying in bed (+- a few inches, I forgot to bring my tape measure with me).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lion Who?

Remember that scene in the Lion King where Mufasa is sitting at the edge of a high cliff and looking over the vast expanse of his domain? This pic has absolutely nothing to do with that.

Nicole admiring the view from the master deck.

Master Deck Framing

Recently completed framing for the master deck. Very happy with how the support post turned out.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tree House

Taken at noon from the master bedroom. The sun was directly overhead and not low enough in the horizon so that the room was actually well-shaded by the roof and quite comfortable, with a slight breeze blowing.

Sunny side up

View of the south-facing walls. Those trees give some much needed cover later in the afternoon but the third floor will need some decent solar shades as it is above the tree line. The large square metal post leaning against the wall will be providing support for the third level deck off the master bedroom.

Northwest Wall

Here is a view of the northwest wall showing the future location of the front entry door (middle floor left) as well as the stairwell (empty space on right side). The openings for the master bath windows are also visible (top floor left).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Too Close for Comfort

The north side of the house came in a little too close to the tree so we had to make some modifications to the original design. The covered porch has been cut short instead of connecting with the covered entryway along the northwest wall.
Tree 1, House 0.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Can't Wait to Move In

Viewed from the third level master bedroom, dusk looks like this.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Exactly 4 feet

Raymond measuring the cantilevered balcony off the third level. What he plans on doing with these measurements, nobody knows.