September & October

The Crabapple Retreat is about 95% complete and has been livable since August. The lack of top shelves in the kitchen, the fireplace surround, and a small amount of trim hasn’t prevented us from loving every minute spent in this humble abode. We are expecting to have plenty of time this winter to finish ever last detail. Especially since we are expecting a baby…

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So busy, so good

Jeff and I have been so busy since we started our newest project, the Crabapple Retreat, last winter. But, busy is good, so we can’t complain! We surely chose a hard winter to build. We could have held off until spring, but we had already poured our concrete pad and started the framing by the time the snow hit in late…

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A challenging winter to build

It’s possible that we would have just waited until Spring to start building if we had known just how harsh this winter would be. It started off great. A light snowfall in early December, followed by a few days that were in the 50s. We were able to get all the first story framing done just before a major snowstorm. Then, the challenge of…

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Introducing the Crabapple Retreat

This is our newest home, the Crabapple Retreat. It is a rustic contemporary garage apartment. It took well over 5 weeks for Jeff to fully design this unique 2 story house back in November 2013. This house is suited for a family of 2-4 that requires a functional workshop space that is still attached to the house. The first floor features…

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The tiny house experiment is done

The first custom tiny house is finished! The fact that it’s finished hasn’t quite sunk in yet, as it feels like just yesterday we were sitting on the couch with pens and paper drawing floor plan after floor plan. It was a challenge to design and build this tiny house intelligently, making it functional in terms of space and energy…

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We’re About to Build Tiny!

As we continue to finish a few odds and ends with our new home (a few trim pieces and the bedroom barn door track), our minds are cranking with numerous ideas for our next build. When you’ve found something you love, why stop? Believe it or not, we’ve decided to build tiny. This decision stemmed from a bunch of ideas,…

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Paving the way with American-made fixtures

Throughout the home build, Jeff and I really searched everywhere for not only “green” products, but also American-made products. While deciding on lighting fixtures, a porcelain barn light from America’s industrial era of the 1930′s that once hung in Jeff’s old camp on Lake Bonaparte rang a bell. As it turns out, Barn Light Electric makes the exact same lighting fixtures (in…

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