Projects, Plans & How To
This website houses an account of basically everything I’ve built or fixed on a house since 2004. Crazy, right? Early on (which was literally before YouTube was a thing, and the best information you could find about building houses on the internet was buried in old contractors message boards) I wrote a lot of “How To” articles. You can see those below, but seriously? The internet has changed and you can find a video of how to do literally anything on YouTube these days.
In the last 5-6 years the shit I write is more philosophical in nature because hey, it’s my website and I can do what I want with it.
Still, if you’re looking for projects, here is by no means a comprehensive list of some shit I have built in the last 14 years or so…
Things I Build When I’m Not Building Houses
Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity – Plan and instructions for building a $1400 Pottery Barn vanity for $400.
Quick & Fun Wood Toolboxes – Because you can never have too many tools, or places to store them.
Moonshine Bottles Turned Lamps – How to drill a hole in a glass jug and wire it up to be a lamp.
Paper Filing Crate From Pallets – Make rustic paper filing crates from old wood on the cheap.
Rustic Wood Wall Art – Made from some weathered door jambs in the scrap wood pile and a wood stain marker.
Picnic Table with Detached Benches – Plan and tips for a great little picnic table with detached benches (for maximum flexibility) and no exposed fasteners on top.
Raised Cedar Garden Beds – 4×8′ raised garden beds built with rough-sawn cedar.
DIY Spice Jar Labels – Pretty much just what it sounds like, includes downloadable PDF and InDesign file.
Pottery Barn Inspired Pinboard – Plans and instructions for building a PB inspired pinboard with sliding chalkboard.
Things About Building Houses
In 2009 I decided to give up “renovation” projects and go for broke by DIY a 900 square foot addition to my house while living in a garage with two cats and an engineer. Crazy? Yes. But I sure learned a lot.
DIY House Addition: Building a House From The Ground Up – A high-level overview of house-building basics.
DIY House Addition: House Plans – Save your sanity (for a little bit longer) and hire an architect.
DIY House Addition: Building Permits – Hint: They aren’t optional.
DIY House Addition: Framing – It’s like linkin logs, only bigger and with more rules.
How to Properly Flash & Trim Windows – Teamwork is killer key.
For a month-by-month account of DIYing the house addition, check out these posts:
DIY House Addition: Month 7 Wrap-up
DIY House Addition: Month 14 Wrap-Up
How To: Around the Home
How to Patch Mortar Joints– Alternatively titled “Making Masons Cringe.”