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Lately: An Eastwood Project Visual Update

29 Mar

The last time we talked there was a foundation. How ’bout I walk you around the project and catch you up on what’s happened?

While we are pretending, let’s time travel back a week. Let’s say I parked my car in the back alley behind the house and you just hopped out to find the crew hard at work.

Foundation. Meet your floor.And just like magic, we’re standing on the first floor in the hallway looking out multiple doors/windows. This will all become clear with time.

Eastwood First FloorHey, Brad, fancy meeting you here. We’re just looking around.

Eastwood First FloorLet’s go upstairs and see what the guys are working on. Stairs with a landing are my favorite kind.

Eastwood StairwayHello, second floor.

Second Floor DeckingWe’ll get out of the way so you guys can turn that pile of 2x4s into studs and walls.

Eastwood Second FloorThat’s the quickest tour I’ve got in me—proof that we really are building something. 

Street View
Thanks for reading, 

amy

Eastwood Project Update // Progress and Plans

26 Feb

Let me give you the fast-as-lightning visual update:

NES came to the lot and gave us power. Now Snap is in my headIt’s gettin’, it’s gettin’, it’s gettin’ kind of hectic.

Temporary Pole // Power

Just add concrete for footers.

Pouring FootersNext: Block. Lots of block.
Foundation Blocks

Foundation Blocks

Progress.

Foundation Block

 

Here’s a peek at what we aim toward. This is really close to final—one of the later versions. I cannot tell you how many times we edited ourselves. There’s room for change and I’m sure we will change some things—perhaps the number of windows, we might lose a balcony or change a balcony. There’s room for flex.  

It’s so funny to me how huge this thing looks in the drawings but the lot is really not that as large as these drawings might imply. Prepare yourselves for lessons in scale.  

Eastwood Project // Gather & Build


Eastwood Project // Gather & Build

There you have it. You approve?

Thanks for reading.

aj

Building a New House: A Conversation with the Contractor

11 Feb

I said: “Brad, there’s something bad happening around here. People are building houses—as in, other people are building houses that I want to build.”

He said, “It’s infuriating.”

I said: “It’s like an epidemic. Or a pandemic. Or, whatever the word is for a bad thing that happens to good people. We should do something.”

He said: “Definitely. Let’s build something.”

I said: “What about this? Can we do something with this?

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And he said, “We can.”

So I said, “Well, can you clean this place up so we can start from scratch?”

And he said, “Absolutely.”

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And Brad said, “Let’s build something with a view.”

And I said, “Fine by me.”

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And, that’s pretty much how it went.

Except that the conversation happened over the course of a year.

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To date, we have cleared the lot and the excavation work is finished—now for the fun part. So much more to come!

Thanks for reading,

Amy