“So where’s the front door?”

August 13th, 2011

This is a question that we’ve often fielded when giving tours of the house or to those passing by. The answer in our mind has always been obvious, but that’s ’cause we designed the place. Well hopefully with the addition of the front stairs the answer will be self-evident. And a big thank you to our Dad who has been integral getting the design from computer to reality; the stairs were conceptually simple, but implementing them took a bit of head scratching.

Thank you to Trillium Pacific Millwork

August 11th, 2011

Special thanks to Mike Lipke and Trillium Pacific Millwork for donating the milling of our FSC wood paneling (pacific albus from The Collins Company) that will be applied to the interior of the house and the lamination of our interior stair treads.


Recycled Wood Floors

July 12th, 2011

The recycled wood floors have been installed and they look amazing.

The 100% FSC wood was sourced from Viridian Wood Products, which gets their wood from the Port of Portland. The wood is initially waste, pallet wood (from the shipping of goods to Portland from Asia and likely elsewhere) that is milled into flooring and decking products.


July 12th, 2011

It rained hard last night and it continues to drizzle. As I drink my morning coffee and ready for the day, I’m listening to the news which just announced that the sewers have overflowed into the Willamette River. Portland has an (outdated) combined sewer system, which combines surface water (roads, etc.) with sewer water (toilets, etc.). When it rains hard the surface water overwhelms the sewer system, which then overflows into the Willamette carrying all it’s fun contents with it. This event is called a combined sewer overflow or CSO; CSOs happen every time there is a heavy rain in Portland. The radio also mentioned there was a warning to stay out of the river for the next 48 hours. Here at the commons, we’ve opted to install a composting toilet, not only does it save clean water (which saves energy, through saved conveyance and treatment), but it also reduces the load (ahem) on the sewer system and ultimately the water and environment.

A Big Thank you to Midori and John

July 10th, 2011

A big thank you! to our cousin Midori and our Uncle John, who helped us paint our (kitty) catwalk.

They worked tirelessly for multiple days; our family is awesome! Thanks, you two!

Painting And Drywall Done (well, almost)

July 4th, 2011

The painting and drywall are done!

Well, almost, after we move in there will be some touch-up work to be done.

Happy Father’s Day

June 20th, 2011

Thanks for all your help, Dad.

And thanks to Mom too!

The catwalk beams are up!

June 19th, 2011

Thanks to our friend, Kelly, for dropping in and helping us lift one of the beams into place—crossfit actually applies to real-world applications of lifting heavy things!


June 16th, 2011

Today dad and I finished welding on the post bottoms and top plates and erected three of them. The posts weigh just over 200lbs each and were a bit unwieldy to lift into place, especially considering that we needed to get them over the threaded rod that has not yet been cut to length, adding an extra foot of needed lifting power. But we’ve placed the three hardest ones (each ~10′ long) and the remaining two are less than five feet each. We’ll place those two and begin lifting the adjoining beams into place tomorrow. Stay tuned…

“yeah on the catwalk, on the catwalk yeah…”

June 15th, 2011

Today we finally received the steel order for the catwalk and began welding the posts up in earnest. Below is a little video on the extreme heat involved with welding 3/8″ to 1/2″ steel.

All the catwalk pictures can be seen here.

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