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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Pex, Stairs, and Deck

Good news! Last week, we finished stringing the pex through the basement ceiling/main floor. The plumbing is now officially done. Meanwhile, Kalie finished whitewashing the walls in the basement and then started to nail the ceiling. Before nailing the boards, she put down a layer of bubble foil insulation, which acts to reflect the radiant heat towards the main floor…

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Electrical, cabinets, and insulation

We finished siding the back of the building, which was also the tallest and hardest side to complete. It’s shaping up very nicely. Overall, we love the look of the Hardie Board, but it is definitely time consuming. Since the beginning of October, we have been working on the electrical (particularly the kitchen lighting). Since we have a plank and…

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