Monday, November 10, 2008

Grassroots Affordable Modern Kitchen Contest

Kitchen Contest

I hope that you haven't lost that voting mood...
One of our fav local blogs, Grassroots Modern, is hosting a kitchen contest. We entered our kitchen and it made the 10 and is now eligible to be voted for. The voting starts today! Obviously, we'd like it if you all voted for ours, but as long as you vote for one, that'd be cool with us.
Go to this site,
Or here for the direct voting page,

Our kitchen, obviously, is the Mid Century Mod-ification.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Here's another view of the couch in response to the comment the other day. Most of the furniture we have in the house, that is not from Ikea, came from Copenhagen West. We've been happy with the quality, service, and price of what we've bought from there. It seems that you can't go wrong with Scandinavian design. (see Aalto, Sarrinen, Volvo, Jacobsen, Stelton,to name a few.)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

no more remodeling

So, we're done remodeling. So I'm more or less done with this blog. I intended to post cool products and projects, but as you can tell, I don't really have the time. Plus, if you want to know about that stuff you should just hire me. That what I do.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

After the hiatus...

Sorry for the long time between posts. Been busy and just taking some time to actually enjoy the house. My dad flew into town to lend his help with the house (and spend some time with his grandkid). We had a small list of things to do on the house, nothing too serious, some cleaning, installing small items, fixing the doorbell... However, the way my dad works, he had most of those done within the first morning he was in town and had added some larger more involved and significant projects to the list.
One of those projects was to replace some rotted boards on the deck. This also involved reinforcing and refurbishing the support joists with extra joists, dry rot epoxy resin, bondo, and new flashing. The existing railing on the deck doesn't even come close to meeting code. My plan is to build a new guardrail at some point, but we don't have the funds to do it at the moment and I haven't quite gotten around to designing it yet. So we put up a temporary rail in the mean time.

I also got around to making the return-air grill that's in the front hallway. Usually these things are pretty ugly, just a bunch of horizontal louvers which are nothing special. I did find a company that makes some really cool grilles custom ordered to whatever dimension you want in a variety of materials. That company is called Architectural Grille. However, a grill that was 12"x24" would have cost around $185 including shipping. That seemed a little steep.
So, I decided to make one myself and went to a metal shop and had a piece of perforated Aluminum cut to size. I then bent over the edge myself to create a little lip and bought some 1/4" aluminum spacers for the screws so it wouldn't crush when screwed tight. you may have noticed that I did a similar screen for the exhaust fan over the kitchen stove.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Support a fantastic program!

Design Build Bluff ( is a program I participated in while working on my Master's degree at the University of Utah. It's an unbelievable experience where a group of students travels to southeastern Utah to design and build a home for a family in need on the Navajo Indian reservation. Here are the last three years projects, starting with the house I worked on. This last year, instead of building a home on the Reservation, they actually built some projects on the property the program has down there in Bluff. There are a couple of reasons for this, 1: the program is expanding and they needed more space for a shop, bedrooms, and shower facilities, and 2: I don't think they had the funding to do a project on the Reservation. That is why this fund raiser is so important. If you're in the area of Utah next week, seriously think about helping out the program by attending the fund raising BBQ and auction. You have no idea how grateful the families we build for down there can be.

DesignBuildBLUFF board of trustees
cordially invites you to a cool evening outside in the mountains



a casual fund-raising BBQ,
in which proceeds will help support
and the
Jane Barrett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Libations and Refreshments, BBQ Buffet,
Live Bluegrass Band, Silent and Live Auction



One Hundred Dollars Per Person

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Posted a new post about the kitchen, it's below the post about countertops.