Tuesday, May 26, 2009

105 Responses in 4 Days

Four days ago we put an ad on Architect looking to hire an intern. We're looking for a low level person to run through quality control checklists and help manage the subs now that 13 of the homes are under construction. It isn't a glamorous job but it is good experience for a college student.
Within 4 days there have been 105 responses! Most of them are completely overqualified- some are licensed architects, some have over 10 years work experience, and many have their master's degrees. It is a sad testament to how much talent is sitting on the sidelines right now and how hard the architecture industry has been hit by the recession.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

L.A. Times


One of our past projects got some love from the L.A. Times over the weekend. Two homes we completed in 2006, Jack + Jill, were the homes of the week.
Read about it here:

Friday, May 15, 2009

AC Units

The AC units were placed today for the first 8 homes. The units are incredibly energy efficient with a SEER rating of 14 and use Puron.



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Framing Pt. II Begins


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Slabs Poured

First they put down a layer of visqueen which is covered with 4" of sand.




Then they spray for termites, an FHA loan requirement,



Next comes the rebar..



And then the slabs....

The concrete subcontractor had 10 guys out here and it took them 3 days to go do all this.



Sunday, May 3, 2009

Footings In Place

The basic gist:
After the footings are excavated, the rebar is tied and placed, and the the formwork is set...

1. Concret trucks arrive carrying 10 yards of concrete each. Each home's footings get about 2 trucks.

2. The trucks pour into the concrete pump...


3. The pump forces the concrete into a 4" hose that is managable to move around and reach to the far corners of the project.