January 9th, 2012


One of my favorite parts of Harpoon House is the siding. Early in the process when developing the initial concept for our house we were really interested in the idea of aging gracefully… And that certain materials, when allowed to show their age, can be extremely long lived with very little maintenance. I’ve been noticing lately that this aging has begun to happen in a very visible way. Read the rest of this entry »

February 22nd, 2010

Fifteen Tons

Today the last bit of siding was hung, and this weekend Katherine, Katherine’s parents and I hauled a large pile of rocks into gabion baskets to make a garden retaining wall. Read the rest of this entry »

February 17th, 2010

Patio and Deck

It was a beautiful day today which facilitated a lot of progress on the outside of the house. Work was being done on the inside as well, but it involved sanding and finishing floors so I didn’t actually get much of a chance to go in to check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

February 11th, 2010

Entry Landscaping

This week our entry steps and patio are being built. Concrete was poured two days ago, and tomorrow they will start putting in pervious pavers in the patio and basement entry. Read the rest of this entry »

February 4th, 2010

Floors and an Open Studio

Flooring finally started getting installed today after a bunch of delays from the drywall issues and then recently, too much moisture in the subfloor. Read the rest of this entry »

February 1st, 2010


The last few days saw a lot of paint happening at the house. On Thursday the painters came in to mask off everything then primer the walls, then they came back on Friday to paint the finished layer on. While this was happening on the inside, siding continued to go up on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2010

Siding and Updates

I met with the drywall guy yesterday and got the texture sorted out. We’re going for smooth wall. As it turns out, at this point, its easier to make it all smooth than to do a lighter texture. So yesterday and today they are sanding down the walls so we’ll be ready for paint on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

January 20th, 2010

Drywall and Texture

The siding on our first wall was completed today, but the big news is the drywall being completed. Everything was textured this morning and looks great not offensive. We had hoped to go with smooth walls, but ended up with textured after getting a few bids on the job and realizing that that smooth was several thousand dollars more than we can afford. Read the rest of this entry »

January 13th, 2010

Neighborhood Meeting

Tomorrow we’ll be be at the Buckman Neighborhood Association general meeting talking about our house. If you would like to come out and talk about the house, or ask questions, or if you’re just interested in finding out what is going on with the neighborhood… Come out Thursday night 7pm at Buckman Elementary. No idea what else is on the agenda, but it should be an interesting evening.  Read the rest of this entry »

January 11th, 2010

Hanging Drywall

Drywall started going up today. When I stopped by, they were done with the top floor and most of the main floor. Read the rest of this entry »

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