A preview of the salvaged metal siding

August 24th, 2010

windows start to go in

August 21st, 2010

(contrary to what i say in the video, nathan d. young never did help us install the windows as promised, in fact he just stopped returning phone calls…)

Unloading the windows

August 18th, 2010

A big thank you to Tom Payne of Craftsman Homes Group for putting me in touch with Nathan Young of Nathan D. Young Const. Inc., who volunteered his guys to help us move our windows off the truck and into the house:

IMG_0024brothers, Brian and Rylan flank our friends Todd and Ely, all of whom are standing in front of a window that weighs nearly 600 pounds.

Delivery of the windows

August 18th, 2010

We took delivery of the windows last week. My heart sank as the delivery driver opened the door, the windows were strewn about the trailer:


It was obvious Peninsula Truck Lines took little care in securing the windows, with one rope loosely tied around ten windows (I don’t even want to guess as to the lack of care they took in loading the windows into the truck). Fortunately only one window was broken, though I’m sure the rough treatment didn’t do the rest of them any good…

Thanks to Pat O’neal from Studor

August 18th, 2010

Pat O’neal from Studor dropped by last week and helped us layout our plumbing correctly in order to use AAV (air admittance valves) in lieu of plumbing vents through the roof (holes in the roof are bad on two counts: potential leak points for water and definite leak points in the thermal envelope). Thanks, Pat!


Buy your tickets for Portland’s Build it Green Tour

August 18th, 2010

This is just a short note to remind you all that we’ll be showing The Commons on Portland’s Build it Green Tour. Get your 2010 tickets here.

Planter Box

August 11th, 2010

Garrett and our cousin, Martin, installed a planter box:



Daily Journal – August 10th, 2010

August 10th, 2010

Pouring concrete on the bike garage

August 10th, 2010


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Daily Journal – August 9th, 2010

August 9th, 2010

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