Has it already been a year?

One year ago, I started this blog to chronicle our home building experience. At this point, we are looking at a summer completion date so hopefully I won’t be writing a two year blog anniversary post.

We are in that phase of the project where lots of things are being done, but it really doesn’t look like it. Photos of pipes, wire, and conduit in the walls isn’t that exciting and doesn’t have a wow factor in pictures, but is nevertheless an important part of the process.

One highlight is the completion of the firebox for the fireplace.


Based on the square footage of the house and the water flow from the hydrant, code dictated we needed a fire suppression system. It is now installed and will hopefully never be used.


The new trench for the water line has been dug.


We’ve selected a low-voltage vendor and they will start runs for AV drops throughout the house. We are also hoping the windows will be delivered this week for installation.

Week 43 – Fireplace!

It’s been a few weeks since the last post since work slowed down for the holidays and freezing temperatures.

A visit to the house today showed work continuing with all the plumbing and electrical. We also weren’t expecting to have the gas fireplace roughed in.


The waterproof membrane has been installed on the deck outside the upstairs master bedroom.


Now that the holiday season is over, we expect work to pick up again. Next meeting is with the audio visual contractor to discuss speaker and data drops throughout the house.

Week 40 – Moving right along

The house has been wrapped before the exterior finishes are started.


They have also started the installation of the flat roof material.


Inside all in the internal systems continue to be fleshed out including electrical wiring.



Akash’s bathroom is coming together with the shower niche framed out.


For the exterior, some of the bricks are onsite to start looking at the brick coursing.


The roof/fascia color was chosen using Berridge Matte Black on the left.


Things are moving right along. I expect things will slow down toward the end of December with the holidays, but good progress continues to be made.


Week 38 – Plumbing and HVAC

Between Thanksgiving and work, I had to skip a week’s post. The crew have been busy continuing the plumbing and now have started all the duct runs for the HVAC.

The roof is full of duct work.


Lots of parts for the vents.img_2364

More progress has been made on the fireplace masonry work.


They even have Akash’s bathtub place.


When I drove by Sunday afternoon they were still hard at work so slowly but surely this house is coming together.

Week 35 – House Envelope Starts

We are now at the point where the building envelope is being applied, and you really get a sense of the various masses of the house.


The mason blocks are being installed to create the firebox for the fireplace. Here are views from outside and inside.


From the upper terrace you really get a sense of the final form of the house.img_2235-1

Here is a view of the upper deck looking to the master. They have finally built it out enough that you can walk around on the second floor.


Here is a view from the upstairs master looking out to the upper terrace.


This is the upstairs master bath. The shower is on the left and the tub on the right.


Here is the view from the upstairs room that faces the street. You feel like you are in the trees.


It’s nice to see so much progress!