Friday, January 30, 2009

Finishes but not finished

We're trying our best to finish the models by March. This week...
Tile scratch coat:
Sleepers for the decking:
testing the soon to be built-in speakers:
kitchen cabinets in:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

This week we've got the stucco brown coat:

The exterior railings:

The finish cabinet and floor are specified:

Tile is starting tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Stucco On. The scratch coat, the first of three coats of stucco was applied today. They mix it in a hopper at the back of the site and apply it with a gun that looks like a fire hose. Then the guys in the pic come by and trowel it smooth.
The next coat, the brown coat, will be applied in a few days. Then the final coat will follow a few days after that.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Home Video- Blair Witch Style

Here is a video of floor plan A. It is the smallest house at about 1310 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath.

The video enters the front door, goes up a few stairs past the master bedroom on the right by the built in shelf, continues up stairs to the 10' ceiling living room and pans to the kitchen, dining, and doorway to the second bath and bedroom.

It is a little shaky so try not to get sick. It is fast because my camera only records for 15 seconds.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Everything is starting to come together:

The cement board is now cruising along, the two model homes should be complete by the end of the week.

The drywall is also cruising along with the first two coats on and sanded.

The homes were lit for the first time and there are no electical issues.

Tile is starting next week and the kitchen cabinets are scheduled for delivery next Monday.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Corner Bead In

The drywall was hung a month ago to the day. Usually corner bead (the metal strip that goes over the drywall corners) can start the next day, so what was our hold up?

Instead of using standard base molding that is applied after the flooring is installed we installed aluminum shadow molding which gives a nice clean reveal along the base of the wall. It is the same molding most museums use (the new LACMA building by Renzo Piano has it) so that the molding doesn't detract from the art.

In the home it keeps clean lines throughout the house and when you push a bookshelf up against the wall it won't stick out 1/2" at the top because the legs are hitting the base molding.