The Andy Gump Gets a Big Brother

Sean’s guys are moving forward at a great clip and the house is starting to take shape. Jenn and I went up there on Saturday to check on the progress. We also meet with Gloria and Nathan on Friday night to discuss interior finishes. I’ll scan and upload some of their renderings tomorrow. We made a lot of progress with material, flooring, and other finishes. I think that the interior will be striking when complete.


As the title says.


Entering the house is like getting on a boat.


The living room.


Jenn in the kitchen for the first and last time 😉


There is a crawl space behind the second bedroom, we are wondering if the back wall could be moved so that we have more space in that area.


The bedroom and construction office.


The house is coming together. The top level is where our parking and roof deck will be.


A view of the other side of the house.


Framing Continues

Sorry for not posting for a while, I was in Mexico for Bob’s bachelor party. We stayed at my dad’s place in Chacala and had a great time. Pictures are posted on Scott’s website. Notice the hot mustaches!

While I was gone, Jenn went up to the house and took a few photos.

View from our living room

Here is the view from our living room.

Jenn in the living room

Jenn standing on the second floor!


Joy hanging off the side of the house. Fun!

Framing Progress

We have made a great deal of progress with framing! Jenn met Nathan, Sean, and Daniel up on the site yesterday and Daniel was kind enough to take a ton of pictures of our progress. While up there they discussed plumbing, electrical, flooring, and a bunch of other items. I was unable to attend, however, the choices they made sound awesome. We decided to move the kitchen around a bit, and decided to try get walnut flooring for the upstairs, the stairwell, and the landing on the bedroom level. For the rest of the bedroom level, we are going to try use marmoleum or something similar which will give a cool contrast with the wood. The only thing I found out that is disappointing is that the master bathroom won’t have the required slope in the floor for drainage, so the shower will have to have a slight lip to it. Not the end of the world, but it would have been cool to have a continuous area. I’ll try get some drawings up over the next few days to illustrate what we are talking about. 










Framing Started!

So framing started last week! Sorry for not updating sooner, but man this week has been crazy. We are getting ourselves ready to move to Burbank in with Jenn’s parents as the combined weight of rent and our ever growing mortgage is starting to really hurt. However, as you can see we have made great strides with the construction.


The house with floor joists for the bedroom.


The floor to be.


Standing in the bedroom!


The view out the front of the deck.


Here is that concrete post I mentioned last week.

Jenn is heading up tomorrow to meet with Nathan and Sean. There going to be discussing the kitchen, plumbing and looking at the progress. Hopefully, I’ll have more pictures up in the next few days.

Slight Change of Plans

Gloria and Nathan have been looking at an interior shear wall that would extend about six feet from the left wall as you are facing the back of the house. This wall would essentially cover the resin panel behind the stairs and destroy the floating feeling of the stairs. To address this they have proposed to use a Hardy steel brace frame to replace the wall. The frame required by our structural engineer is 6′ tall which presents a slight problem in that the ceiling height is 9′ and the frame needs to be bolted to the concrete stem walls. So, we need to raise the stem wall up through the subfloor and bolt it to that. Sean has agreed to make the changes and the cost difference, so far, looks to be around $800. Jenn and I spent a lot of time reviewing this as we were a bit concerned about having something “unfinished” looking in the bedroom area. However, after a lot of discussion we decided to go with Gloria and Nathan’s recommendation. The next decision regarding the stair well is the proposed mesh they want to use. There are pictures below. We feel it is a bit industrial, however, it is nice an open. Perhaps the floor to ceiling treatment is a bit intense, but also perhaps once the house is complete we could just remove it? I’d like to have the stair as open as possible.

Stairwell Perspective



Tons of Progress

It has been a while since my last post as Jenn and I were in Vietnam for the last week or so (We have pictures here). During this time we have framed and poured our grade beams, created the forms for the stem walls, and put in the first few sections of the steel moment frame. The moment frame is there to provide support for lateral shear since the entire front of the house will be windows.

Septic Rings and Forms

Things are changing quickly! We had the septic seep pit liners delivered. We have to have our primary AND secondary septic pits fully lined. Each pit is about thirty feet deep so we have a lot of these things! Also the grade beam and stem wall forms are nearing completion and on Thursday we will begin pouring these. I’ll try do an update on Thursday as we leave for Vietnam on Friday for the John Vo KG wedding extravaganza!

Our foreman

Stem wall formsCloser view of formsSeptic LinerSeptic Liner with DogsView up lot with forms