Category Archive: News

May 26

Our first steel purchase

After much discussion, our core structure will consist of

(15) 3×2 11 gauge 20′ sticks (7) 2×1 14 gauge 20′ sticks

Today we visited our favorite steel shop, USA Metals of Oakland to make the purchase.

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May 17

G & U #1 Dimensions

Greg and I have been discussing this off and on for months. Now it is time to make some decisions and get to work. Below are a few design decisions with brief discussion points.

1) The house is broken up into four main areas:

A) The living space (158 x 84 x 96) B) Kitchen …

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Apr 17

Preparing for UnScruz

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Feb 20

The Wedge – Laney College

I have been part of building The Wedge at Laney College since the begging of 2016. Here are a couple of videos about it.

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Jan 21

Women’s March

Today we marched for women’s rights which are human rights. We started in Albany at 8am and ended just before midnight in San Francisco. We are stronger together!

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Dec 10

Polishing challenges

80 grit With water and without With degreaser and without With and without Jasco Premium Pain Remover

The question is… what is the right mix? Am I even doing this right? It doesn’t look like all the paint is gone. The floor is definitely cleaner… but is that enough?

How clean is clean enough?

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Nov 14

Bonfire on Marin

Kevin and Wendy invited friends out for a bonfire on the beach in Point Reyes. Joy.

Bellow are some choice pictures by Ivan.

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Oct 24

Get paid to build your own home

The idea

Pay people to work on their own home.

How it works

Everyone who works on homes for Building Sound Community starts off getting paid a living wage of $20/hour. After 6 months of full-time work or 900 hours (40 x 4 x 6 – wellness leave = 900), all workers receive a …

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Oct 08

Accessory Dwelling Units

California has eased restrictions on what they are calling ‘Accessory Dwelling Units’. These houses are on the same lot as an existing house and will not be subjected to the same regulations.

Specifically, they don’t require their own plumbing and do not have to pay some of the additional connections fees for …

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Sep 19

Colfax House – 2014

Dickie Poeske from The Lost Tea Party was the lead builder for a house up in Colfax. He spent a bunch of time talking to me about the 10 year journey. Toni Martin sent me some recent photos she took of the property. I figured I would share them here.

I love working with such …

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