Posts Tagged 'house'

A Return…The House

We’ve added a deck as well as some much needed earth moving and planting to retain ground.  The guys doing the work (Appel Environmental Design and Durrie Design & Build, both in Ann Arbor) did fantastic work and it’s so

A Return…The House

We’ve added a deck as well as some much needed earth moving and planting to retain ground.  The guys doing the work (Appel Environmental Design and Durrie Design & Build, both in Ann Arbor) did fantastic work and it’s so

Stone Water Break

We didn’t want to put eaves or gutters on our house. To protect against erosion we gathered stones from around the yard and made a water break under the overhang.

Stone Water Break

We didn’t want to put eaves or gutters on our house. To protect against erosion we gathered stones from around the yard and made a water break under the overhang.

On Site Lumber Milling

      Gary Flint, the owner of the on site mill, set up in our driveway and ran our white oak and a neighbor’s cherry tree through the saw. Our tree needed some fine tuning with the chainsaw to

On Site Lumber Milling

      Gary Flint, the owner of the on site mill, set up in our driveway and ran our white oak and a neighbor’s cherry tree through the saw. Our tree needed some fine tuning with the chainsaw to

Vinyl Numbers

There’s a lot of doors to our house and as you drive up it can be a bit confusing where to enter.  We haven’t had time and money to do any elaborate overhangs or neon lit runways to guide the

Vinyl Numbers

There’s a lot of doors to our house and as you drive up it can be a bit confusing where to enter.  We haven’t had time and money to do any elaborate overhangs or neon lit runways to guide the

Moving on up. DeBord Residence Interior – Work in Progress

We apologize as we’ve been MIA for a bit.  Between moving, visitors checking out the new house, and the holidays we’ve been delinquent in sharing.  We are moved in though and thrilled with the new house.  The following are a

Moving on up. DeBord Residence Interior – Work in Progress

We apologize as we’ve been MIA for a bit.  Between moving, visitors checking out the new house, and the holidays we’ve been delinquent in sharing.  We are moved in though and thrilled with the new house.  The following are a

It’s Not Like It Was the Ghetto…

…we just happened to live across from a particularly active gang house in Chicago.  It was a nice lot with no house right next door so the sun really poured in and after living in dark floor through lofts, sunlight

It’s Not Like It Was the Ghetto…

…we just happened to live across from a particularly active gang house in Chicago.  It was a nice lot with no house right next door so the sun really poured in and after living in dark floor through lofts, sunlight

It’s a Roller Coaster…No, It’s a House!

   It’s like being married to politician: sometimes you wish you could get out of it, you wonder how you got here, you wonder if it’s worth the spectacle, but it’s all the things that are hard and unique about

It’s a Roller Coaster…No, It’s a House!

   It’s like being married to politician: sometimes you wish you could get out of it, you wonder how you got here, you wonder if it’s worth the spectacle, but it’s all the things that are hard and unique about

It’s a Beast

We pulled up to the house and both of us had the same feeling …is this terrible looking? We can’t tell, it’s so hard to be objective.  The project has been a continuous difficult compromise of budget, time, and building

It’s a Beast

We pulled up to the house and both of us had the same feeling …is this terrible looking? We can’t tell, it’s so hard to be objective.  The project has been a continuous difficult compromise of budget, time, and building

A Home…Almost

For the past few months the building of our house has felt more like a project or my job.  I have file folders, meetings, & spreadsheets rather than family dinners, hearths & hat hooks.  We have moved from the larger

A Home…Almost

For the past few months the building of our house has felt more like a project or my job.  I have file folders, meetings, & spreadsheets rather than family dinners, hearths & hat hooks.  We have moved from the larger

The Lost Art of Good Customer Service

Our house has turned out to be a project that we’ve designed ourselves.  We’re not architects, interior designers, or builders so we’ve relied on the guidance of the trades people our contractor works with.  Thanks be that Beechwood Building has

The Lost Art of Good Customer Service

Our house has turned out to be a project that we’ve designed ourselves.  We’re not architects, interior designers, or builders so we’ve relied on the guidance of the trades people our contractor works with.  Thanks be that Beechwood Building has

Framing, Windows, and Radiant Floors

The roof is on, most of the windows are in, and the radiant floor in our studio is prepped and ready for inspection. Concrete will be poured over the tubes and foam next week. We’re starting to get a sense

Framing, Windows, and Radiant Floors

The roof is on, most of the windows are in, and the radiant floor in our studio is prepped and ready for inspection. Concrete will be poured over the tubes and foam next week. We’re starting to get a sense

DeBord Residence Raises Roof

In one week the walls and roof for the house went up. Draws from the bank are pouring out, we’re supplementing cash to buy things like kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and the project is in full swing. In a few

DeBord Residence Raises Roof

In one week the walls and roof for the house went up. Draws from the bank are pouring out, we’re supplementing cash to buy things like kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and the project is in full swing. In a few

Interior Design Elevation Drawings

We’ve begun planning the interior spaces, choosing and ordering fixtures, tiles, floors, and some finishes. These are some of the elevation drawings we did to get a better sense of the space and to begin finalizing details. The drawings are

Interior Design Elevation Drawings

We’ve begun planning the interior spaces, choosing and ordering fixtures, tiles, floors, and some finishes. These are some of the elevation drawings we did to get a better sense of the space and to begin finalizing details. The drawings are

Excavating. It’s for Real.

I’m sure anyone who’s built is familiar with the little week delays here and there.  We ran against a permit issue while the addition was being reviewed but excavating began yesterday and it feels like construction is underway for real. 

Excavating. It’s for Real.

I’m sure anyone who’s built is familiar with the little week delays here and there.  We ran against a permit issue while the addition was being reviewed but excavating began yesterday and it feels like construction is underway for real. 

Nearly a Year of Demolition, Oh, and We Rotated the Stairs

For almost a year we’ve been sitting on our property reworking plans trying to get to something we could afford. Over that period our builder gutted the inside and rotated the stairs. We had few choices in where we could

Nearly a Year of Demolition, Oh, and We Rotated the Stairs

For almost a year we’ve been sitting on our property reworking plans trying to get to something we could afford. Over that period our builder gutted the inside and rotated the stairs. We had few choices in where we could

Our Final Floor Plans

We went through many revisions to get to a plan that that both met our budget and our needs. Be wary aspiring home builder. All the pains you’re warned of carry truth. After running out of money to pay architects

Our Final Floor Plans

We went through many revisions to get to a plan that that both met our budget and our needs. Be wary aspiring home builder. All the pains you’re warned of carry truth. After running out of money to pay architects

DeBord House – Bidding Process

We are in the midst of the next stage of the process which is to decide on a builder. Johnsen Schmaling architects provided extremely detailed construction/bid plans. These won’t be the final construction drawings but gives all of the information

DeBord House – Bidding Process

We are in the midst of the next stage of the process which is to decide on a builder. Johnsen Schmaling architects provided extremely detailed construction/bid plans. These won’t be the final construction drawings but gives all of the information

DeBord Residence Initial Plans

The first wave of plans and design concepts came in from our architects, Johnsen Schmaling, and this was not an easy request for them.  I know one builder kept recommending we just level the whole place and start new, but

DeBord Residence Initial Plans

The first wave of plans and design concepts came in from our architects, Johnsen Schmaling, and this was not an easy request for them.  I know one builder kept recommending we just level the whole place and start new, but

New House, Sort Of

As mentioned in the previous post, we have left Chicago and moved to Ann Arbor.  Here we’re close to both of our families and still an easy trip back to Chicago when we need an urban fix.  We purchased 3

New House, Sort Of

As mentioned in the previous post, we have left Chicago and moved to Ann Arbor.  Here we’re close to both of our families and still an easy trip back to Chicago when we need an urban fix.  We purchased 3