Friday, October 2, 2009



10/2/09 Testing the "air leakage" in the house for Energy Star.

10/2/09 My newest favorite part of the house--rainwater collection basins. Cylindrical basins catch roof rainwater from gutter spouts, then water is gravity-fed underground to large collection tank--Priceless!

10/2/09 Pre-pour forms for the basins.

Monday, September 28, 2009




Saturday, September 19, 2009

9/19/09 Hallway

9/19/09 Banquette finished w/Stainless support leg.

9/19/09 Master bath (Lights are on but nobody's home--yet)
9/19/09 Master tub

9/19/09 Master shower w/o glass enclosure

9/19/09 Shared Bath shower

9/19/09 Shared Bath toilet

9/19/09 Shared Bath sink
9/19/09 MB office desk

9/19/09 Master Bdr media cabinet.

9/19/09 Master Bdr.

9/19/09 New Live Oak planted at the end of stepping stones providing shade for the "away room."

Saturday, August 29, 2009

8/29/09 Mud Room desk and (let's call it) shoe removal bench.
8/29/09 Metal wrap around bump-out finished.

8/29/09 Our fireplace artists came back for one last touch-up. Felipe Landin Masonry.

8/29/09 The wood on the media cabinet will be finished out the same as the windows & doors.

Friday, August 28, 2009

>8/28/09 The banquette is unfinished but it's in! The plan is to replace that post holding up the table with a stainless steel one.

8/28/09 More retaining wall installed defining a parking area.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

8/27/09 Most toilets and fixtures are wall-hung for easy cleaning.


8/27/09 Now all the door hardware is on.

8/27/09 The back is being regraded for planting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/25/09 Directional Drilling was used for electrical, water, gas and sewer lines to minimize tree damage. The alternative would have been long narrow ditches for each line, severing more tree roots.
8/25/09 This is the deck with the new rail installed. In the background is the small pool with the flagstone walls. This whole area, including the rocks in foreground will eventually be covered with topsoil and landscaped with native plants requiring little water.

Monday, August 24, 2009

8/24/09 Fireplace rock is finished

8/24/09 Retaining walls consist of Oklahoma Stone 2'X2'X?

8/24/09 Each stone weighs an average of around a ton or more.

Monday, August 10, 2009

8/10/09 Lights are up in carport.

8/10/09 Downstairs tile.

8/10/09 Master tile.

8/10/09 Master tile.

8/10/09 Wood portion of the deck is finished. Rail goes in this week. This wood is called Garapa. It's a very hard wood that comes from Brazil. It's responsibly harvested from managed forest and has the same fire rating as concrete--very long lasting and much cheaper than Ipe.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

7/22/09 One of the new light fixtures. No electricity yet, but the fixtures are almost in.

7/22/09 One of the two drawer pull styles we chose--very simple!
7/22/09 JB's bath sink is in.

7/22/09 Master bath sinks are also in.

7/22/09 Framing of the deck is complete.

7/22/09 View back to the house from the deck. Photographer is getting vertigo!

7/22/09 From inside looking out at the deck.

Monday, July 20, 2009

7/20/09 Setting soapstone in kitchen.
7/20/09 Cutting the hole for the kitchen sink.

7/20/09 Guides to cut out one of the master bath sinks.

7/20/09 Master Bedroom progress.

7/20/09 Master Bath progress.

7/20/09 Away room progress.

7/20/09 Looking through the house toward the West out over the pool.

7/20/09 The beginning of the structure for the long narrow deck extending West toward the sunset.

7/20/09 We're about to regrade for the driveway so that required digging the dirt down around the trees to their natural grade--where the trunk starts splaying out into roots.