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Construction, Residential Design

A Tale of Two Houses

Here’s a look at my two active house projects, one under construction and the other in the early design phase. The first, Carmen’s house, has finally been started by a wonderful volunteer group called Christian Aid Ministries. Their construction team has made quick progress; since the piles were driven about two weeks ago, they have already framed the floor, walls, and most of the roof. Carmen and her husband are thrilled to see their house going up after many months of delays.

Front view of Carmen's new house.

Front view of Carmen’s new house.

Volunteers from Christian Aid Ministries working on the roof.

Volunteers from Christian Aid Ministries working on the roof.

The stair of the rear building is framed in the window.

The stair of the rear building is framed in the window.

I’ve also been working on John’s house, which will be built at about a 9′ elevation on his property near Oak Street. The site is right next to a new jewelry store and hair salon that are currently under construction. We’re looking into using SIPs, a structural insulated panel system, as an alternative to conventional framing.

The site for John's house is next to a new Oak Street store.

The site for John’s house is next to a new Oak Street store.

Hopefully, as funding from the Coming Home Collaborative finally makes its way down, the house projects will keep coming and we’ll be able to keep developing homes for our wonderful clients!

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