Beyond half way there


You may have seen these before, but I just wanted to share this shot of the brows in action- doing a wonderful job shading the house.


The end of the week is nearing and the clouds were looming, causing beautiful effects of light and shadow in our landscape.  Blue Mountain looked dark and quiet in the distance and the rain never hit us.


Entry brow is coming right along.  I would like to celebrate the craft of construction with this piece and attention to detail in designing and building an effective and beautiful awning to speak the same language as the window brows.


Patio roof joists are looking great against the sky as of now, soon to be backed by steel corrugation.


Door team discusses options with cladding the bi-fold doors in cedar.  Upon installation, they should blend in with the wood boxes, only called out by a handle.


Henry is working on getting the stove ready to burn.  Seen here, he is installing the chimney after cutting a square foot hole in the roof.


Tonight is a time to wind down at the end of this strong session 3 completion.  We will celebrate the work we have accomplished and congratulate Hiroko and Atsushi for the new baby girl they will bring into the world, showering them with appreciation- and cake!

[day] forty three

Day 43 of 71

61% Completion

Amy//Shawn//Roof Work

Happy Thursday from Bluff!

I am very pleased to announce that we received several wonderful donations from Danze! The sleek profile and simple design of the Como Single Handle Kitchen Faucet will surely compliment the simplicity within the existing kitchen design. Also, the bathroom will be featuring the ever-so-sleek Parma Single Handle Lavatory Faucet and the corresponding Parma Single Handle Pressure Balance Shower Faucet. We are so very thankful and thrilled to feature Danze’s exceptional products in our house!

Como Kitchen faucet // DANZE Parma Single Handle Lavatory Faucet // DANZE Parma Single Handle Pressure Balance Shower Faucet// DANZE

This week the kitchen team has been extremely busy preparing formwork and variations of concrete for samples of the kitchen counter top! So far we have experimented with adding white paint to the concrete mix as well as one mix with broken glass pieces. Tomorrow we plan to take the grinder to the samples and see what we uncover!


We spent the majority of last week constructing various models for the kitchen cabinet faces. Our material options consisted of pickled OSB, cedar, and plywood.

After researching each material, precedent projects, and its opportunities we have come to the conclusion of using 13-ply Baltic Birch Plywood.

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Baltic Birch Plywood is beautifully finished, furniture grade veneer plywood that also happens to fit within our creatively tight budget. These striking images along with all the work presented on have helped to inspire the plywood kitchen. The handles will be fabricated from an aluminum angle, and fasten upon the top lip of each drawer.


Henry Built Cabinets

Also at site, the patio beam has been installed and the plasterwork on the North wall begins today! Atsushi has encouraged us to leave our mark on the house. Here are a few that will remain with the house for its lifetime.

chicken wire//plaster prep

Natural Plaster // Samplepatio//beam
IMG_3283 Concrete Counter // Mock upAmy's Mark

At day 43, we are all anxiously awaiting our next break, which begins on Saturday! A few of us are taking a road trip to Laguna Beach. On the way back we are stopping in Las Vegas to take part in the Halloween festivities!

beautiful evening run

We are expecting Harvey and Hilda for tonight, so Meg G and I have prepared a feast of Tamale Pie, Black Bean Salad, and mini Peach Cobbler.

a hint of things to come

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The patio door, wood stove ready for the heat shield, and some drywall ready to cover the rest of the wall.


Here are a few more things that are in the works:

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The aluminum shading devices ready for the wood rain/shade screen.IMG_2535 copy

The mag(netic) drill punching holes in the beam for the patio roof.IMG_2542 copy

A beginning of a patio.IMG_2543 copy

Some tests for the shower drain (bringing the aluminum inside)IMG_2551 copy

Some samples for the plaster to be put up on the North exterior wall on the patio.IMG_20131012_153241_027 copy

A good start to the metal roofing and the protruding wood box on the nook window.IMG_20131021_162639_180 copy

The start of a really nice window detail in the living room.IMG_20131021_163716_320 copyFancy switches ready for drywall finishes.

We have a lot of things that are coming down to final details. Many different projects with many different schedules. Look forward to many more photos of finished interiors and exteriors. Good work! to all the team leads who are making this house beautiful and complete!