Friday, March 27, 2009

2 Down 6 To Go

With the models complete (aside from some touch ups) we are setting our sights on the next six homes of phase one. The drywall is getting stocked today.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rocked Out

Saturday's opening party was a smash! Over three hundred people came to see the model homes and the feedback was great.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mad dash to the opening

The landscaping is being installed. Dustin Gimbel of Second Nature Garden Design hooked us up with a great design. It is all drought tolerant since Los Angeles is the desert and LEED gives a few points for good landscape and irrigation (having a timer, rain sensor, multiple zones, good sprinkler heads, etc) since many homes use 50% of their water on their yards.
We're offering free appliances to buyers who sign a contract before April 15. Went with the Bosch package which looks nice and is actually made in Korea. The appliances were delivered today and now we have to go back and fill in the cabinets around them.

We get a couple LEED points for having efficient appliances. These are literally off the chart (see image). I think its 1/2 point for dishwashers that use less than 6 gallons per cycle, 1/2 point for energy star fridge, and a point for efficient washer/dryer.

Also now that the interiors are coming together some of the architectural moments are showing through (the drywall mud is still visible on the wall because only the primer is on so far).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

The big bookshelf is now installed Along the open stair. It still has to be whitewashed and finished. It is made of FSC certified maple plywood that uses a soy based glue so there are no VOCs. The shelves align with every other step of the staircase behind.

Also installed are the frameless shower doors and mirrors. The bathrooms are now 99% done awaiting only cabinet handles and finish electrical.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fixtures and Floors

Since we started construction last summer we average about $30,000 a week on construction. Over the last two weeks we've spent $65,000 per week.

Regarding the finishes: Flooring is nearly complete with only the stairs left to finish. In the background is a large built in bookshelf that will be installed in front of the open staircase.

The finish plumbing fixtures are also being installed. The finish plumber said "we definitely didn't skimp on the fixtures" he also said he works alone "because he hates everyone" so I'm not sure how much you can trust his judgement.

Update: He added that the fixtures belong in "$1.5 million dollar houses" and we are "throwing profit away".

Monday, March 2, 2009


Finally the flooring is going in! It is strand woven bamboo which is about twice as hard as normal bamboo. The flooring is glued down to the concrete using a glue/sealer combination that itself cost about $1/ sq. ft. The STAUF glue is also eligible for LEED points due to its low VOC content.