Posts Tagged ‘Paul Marcaccio’

Hosting the Walters’ Site Visit

Friday, November 26th, 2010

During Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, Worth and Lena Walters and their son, Andreas, asked about our renovation/construction project.  Actually, everyone did.

We offered to host a site visit today and the Walters showed up promptly at 3:00 pm.  Jo-Anne arrived a couple minutes later with two bottles of cabernet sauvignon (leftovers from last night).

The Walters had a good visit and stayed until it got too cold.  And, the wine was gone.

Jo-Anne and Lena in the Kitchen.

Jo-Anne and Lena Walters in the Kitchen.

Touring the lower level, with the home theatre in the background.

Touring the lower level, with the home theatre in the background.

Finishing the tour and going upstairs (from left), Andreas Walters, Lena Walters (looking cold), Jo-Anne and Worth Walters.  The glasses were empty (not even half empty).

Finishing the tour and going upstairs (from left), Andreas Walters, Lena Walters (looking cold), Jo-Anne and Worth Walters. The glasses were empty (not even half empty).

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Our good friend, Paul Marcaccio, came to California for his 13th Thanksgiving.  Paul has involved with our project from the start, and even has a set of work boots and tool belt here in California.  For example, Paul helped build the temporary deck over the swimming pool (December 7, 2008), identify where the stairs should go (July 26, 2009), and put the deck on the the bridge over the atrium (November 28, 2009).

After picking up coffee and bagels, Bryan and Paul walked through the job site.

Paul approved of progress to date.  He did, as everyone else does, ask about the completion date.

Let’s not go there Paul …

Celebrating Thanksgiving

After reviewing the job site, Bryan and Paul assembled the new turkey cooker that Jo-Anne bought.  She bought the ‘Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer‘ from Char-Broil.  We cooked one turkey, with traditional stuffing, in the oven and the second turkey was cooked using the new turkey fryer.

The new turkey fryer worked perfectly!  Jo-Anne gave Bryan and Paul explicit instructions on how she wanted the turkey fryer to be ‘seasoned’ prior to cooking our first turkey with it.  They followed her instructions without any questions.

We had some 16 adults and 12 children to celebrate a great year.  We have much to be thankful for and were absolutely delighted to have so many good friends with us to celebrate.

Next year, Thanksgiving will be at 17509 Via Sereno …

Current state of Guest Suite with plumbing roughed in and sliding glass doors being installed.

Current state of Guest Suite with plumbing roughed in and sliding glass doors being installed.

With the sun very low in the sky, a sliver of sunshine lands on the floor in Nik Bedroom.  Considering that the floor is nine feet below grade, this is amazing.  Of course, when the sun is higher in the sky, the generous overhangs will block the sunlight from coming into Niks Bedroom.

With the sun very low in the sky, a sliver of sunshine lands on the floor in Nik's Bedroom. Considering that the floor is nine feet below grade, this is amazing. Of course, when the sun is higher in the sky, the generous overhangs will block the sunlight from coming into Nik's Bedroom.

During his review of the project, Paul received several telephone calls (it wasnt a holiday in Canada).

During his review of the project, Paul received several telephone calls (it wasn't a holiday in Canada).

The turkey is cooking nicely in our new Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer.

The turkey is cooking nicely in our new Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer.

A couple of turkeys ...

A couple of turkeys ...

A couple of turkeys ...

A couple of turkeys ...

Ready for Thanksgiviing - Pia Staab (left), Lena Worth (center), and Jo-Anne Sinclair.

Ready for Thanksgiviing - Pia Staab (left), Lena Walters (center), and Jo-Anne Sinclair.

A kitchen full of guys.  Note there are several animated discussions underway, with Worth Walters and David Staab on the left, and Jim O'Brien and Paul Marcaccio on the right.

A kitchen full of guys. Note there are several animated discussions underway, with Worth Walters and David Staab on the left, and Jim O'Brien and Paul Marcaccio on the right.

Touring the Insulspan Manufacturing Facility and the Wise Houses

Friday, February 26th, 2010

It was impossible to get up to Whistler in a rental car so Paul and Bryan went to see the Olympic snowboarding at Cypress Mountain.  Unfortunately, it started raining heavily so they left.  On his way out of Vancouver, Bryan took the opportunity to visit the Insulspan manufacturing facility in Delta.  Then, he enjoyed full tour and a fantastic meal at the Wise house on Bainbridge Island.

Seeing the Olympic Women’s Snowboarding

Although it was pleasant when Paul Marcaccio and Bryan left Vancouver, it was pouring rain at their arrival at Cypress Mountain.  After watching the final four snowboarders, they decided to leave the event. 

Weather 1, Spectators 0.

Touring Insulspan’s Manufacturing Facility

After returning from Cypress Mountain, Bryan left the Westin Bayshore and drove south in the rental car.  On the way, Dave Stevenson offered him a tour of Insulspan’s manufacturing facility in Delta, BC.  The facility is adjacent to Highway 91, so it was directly on the way to the Canada-U.S. border.

Dave took Bryan through the plant and showed him how they manufacture their SIPs (structural insulated panels).  All of the manufacturing waste is recycled, which is one of the reasons why SIPs are considered ‘green’ (vs the tremendous amount of construction waste that is generated through typical on-site construction activities.

Bryan even saw the exact location where our SIPs were stored after being manufactured in October.  Bill Edwards of Insulspan took photos of our SIPs on Thursday, November 5, 2009.  Our SIPs were loaded on three trucks at the manufacturing facility on Friday, November 27, 2009 and arrived at our job site on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

We’re looking forward to hosting our second Collaborative Informational Session where Dave Stevenson can be at our project site and show others in the Bay Area how to build with SIPs.

Touring Two Homes on Bainbridge Island

Although Bryan went to Vancouver to see the 2010 Olympics on this trip, the primary focus was to see two homes on Bainbridge Island.  How these two homes were built is an interesting story.

First, the owners of the property, the Wise family, lived in the existing house while they built their guest house.  They moved into the guest house when it was completed so they could construct the main house.  This is where it gets interesting.

Rather that demolish (bad) or deconstruct (better), they chose to move the house to another location on Bainbridge Island (best).  That sounds reasonable, right?  Except they moved the house with a boat (amazing!).

The Do It Yourself Network filmed a full segment over the month that it took to move the house to its new location on Bainbridge Island.  The segment is currently being aired several times in March 2010.  You can see it under ‘Massive Moves – Floating House‘ on the Do It Yourself Network (episode DMSM-103).

Bob and Lisa Wise took Bryan on a full tour of both homes and then everyone enjoyed a fabulous dinner.

The tour of these two homes was inspiring!

View of Vancouver, including Lions Gate Bridge and the downtown waterfront.  The weather was looking ok.

View of Vancouver, including Lion's Gate Bridge and the downtown waterfront. The weather was looking ok.

Once at Cypress Mountain, we had to go through security screening.  It was easy, fast and efficient.

Once at Cypress Mountain, we had to go through security screening. It was easy, fast and efficient.

Watching the semi-finals of the Women's Snowboarding at the 2010 Olympics at Cypress Mountain.

Watching the semi-finals of the Ladies Snowboarding at the 2010 Olympics at Cypress Mountain.

On the way down, we saw the site of the aerials.

On the way down, we saw the site of the aerials.

Arriving at the Insulspan manufacturing facility in Delta, Canada.

Arriving at the Insulspan manufacturing facility in Delta, Canada.

Dave Stevenson in his office, scheduling his presentation for the second Collaborative Informational Session at our project site.

Dave Stevenson in his office, scheduling his presentation for the second Collaborative Informational Session at our project site.

Manufacting a SIP starts with huge sheets of OSB (Oriented Strand Board).

Manufacting a SIP starts with huge sheets of OSB (Oriented Strand Board).

All waste in the plant is recycled and reused.  A completed SIP is on the left and the white foam cuttings are being collected.

All waste in the plant is recycled and reused. A completed SIP is on the left and the white foam cuttings are being collected.

Warehousing of completed SIPs, manufactured to the specific requirements for each job.

Warehousing of completed SIPs, manufactured to the specific requirements for each job.

The SIPs for our project were stored at this location (by the yellow posts) after they were manufactured in October.  The green objects are styrofoam blanks, which get 'sandwiched' between the two sheets of OSB.

The SIPs for our project were stored at this location (by the yellow posts) after they were manufactured in October. The green objects are styrofoam blanks, which get 'sandwiched' between the two sheets of OSB.

Bryan, Lisa and Bob, about to start the tour (cheers!).

Bryan, Lisa and Bob, about to start the tour (cheers!). Photo by Alison Wise.

The finish detail was exceptional.  You can see the vertical grain Douglas Fir cabinets and detailed reveals.

The finish detail was exceptional. You can see the vertical grain Douglas Fir cabinets and detailed reveals.

Central vacuum sweeping location in foyer.  Several friends, including the Wise family, thoroughly endorse sweeping vents that are connected to the central vacuum system.

Central vacuum sweeping location in foyer. Several friends, including the Wise family, thoroughly endorse sweeping vents that are connected to the central vacuum system.

Another sweeping location under the island in the kitchen.  Note the dual dishwashers.

Another sweeping location under the island in the kitchen. Note the dual dishwashers.

Taking a Break (and Going to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver!)

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Bryan took a break from working on the project site to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Quick Trip to Vancouver

Using his miles on Alaska Airlines, Bryan caught an early morning flight (i.e., 6:30 am) from San Jose to Seattle and then rented a car and drove to Vancouver.  Bryan met Paul Marcaccio at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, where they were guests of Paul Henderson, who was a long-term member of the International Olympic Committee.

Part of this break includes visiting Bob Wise’s newly constructed home on Bainbridge Island.  Bryan’s primary mission is to review the finishes on Bainbridge Island and generate ideas for our finishes.  We need to finalize our finishes so this trip is, somewhat, justified.  Ok, the trip is, at best, only rationalized.

Just after passing by the Peace Arch, Bryan crossed the border in Canada.  There was only one car in front of him - he zipped through.

Just after passing by the Peace Arch, Bryan crossed the border in Canada. There was only one car in front of him - he zipped through.

The roads were empty as Bryan crossed the bridge into downtown Vancouver.

The roads were empty as Bryan crossed the bridge into downtown Vancouver.

The Bayshore Westin Hotel was the 'Olympic Family Hotel' for the 2010 Olympics, and it was under heavy security.

The Bayshore Westin Hotel was the 'Olympic Family Hotel' for the 2010 Olympics, and it was under heavy security.

The International Organizing Committee rented the Bayshore Westin Hotel for the duration of the 2010 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee rented the Bayshore Westin Hotel for the duration of the 2010 Olympics.

The view of the harbour from the suite in the Westin Bayshore included the five Olympic rings.

The view of the harbour from the suite in the Westin Bayshore included the five Olympic rings.

After lunch at Carderos, Bryan saw the Olympic flame.  The glass block in front of him, which is what we will have in one of the two bridges across the Atrium, is where we took a similar photo on July 1, 2010 when we were on our 50-75-80 cruise to Alaska.

After lunch at Carderos, Bryan saw the Olympic flame. The glass block in front of him, which is what we will have in one of the two bridges across the Atrium, is where we took a similar photo on July 1, 2010 when we were on our 50-75-80 Celebration cruise to Alaska.

The Olympic flame.

The Olympic flame.

Paul and Bryan enjoyed a drink before the Women's final hockey game (for the Gold medal).  An RCMP officer was kind and took their photo.

Paul and Bryan enjoyed a drink before the Women's final hockey game (for the Gold medal). An RCMP officer was kind and took their photo.

With less than 13 seconds to go, the Canadian Women have won the Gold medal!

With less than 13 seconds to go, the Canadian Women have won the Gold medal!

Dogpile celebration!

Dogpile celebration!

The Canadian receive their Gold medals.

The Canadian receive their Gold medals.

The Canadian, American and Finnish flags are presented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and are raised in the stadium.

The Canadian, American and Finnish flags are presented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and are raised in the stadium.

And, of course, there are fireworks as the Canadians have their photos taken.

And, of course, there are fireworks as the Canadians have their photos taken.

After the hockey game, Bryan and Paul walked back to the hotel and enjoyed seeing the Olympic flame.

After the hockey game, Bryan and Paul walked back to the hotel and enjoyed seeing the Olympic flame.

Installing Temporary Railings on Our Bridges

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

The site needs to be safe and the railings need to go around the entire perimeter of the atrium, including both bridges.  This was the task today – get the railings in place so the site is safe.

Cutting the Decking

We still needed to put the plywood decking over the bridge going to the master suite.  Paul and Laura were going to San Francisco for the day so David Staab agreed to help Bryan for a few hours.

Everyone had fun helping cut the plywood and then Bryan was able to complete the posts and railings by himself. 

Our good friend and Eichler mentor, Jerry Ditto, dropped by at the end of the day to review our progress.  He approved.

And, yes, it was another beautiful, blue-sky California day.

Bryan and Paul planning their work.

Bryan and Paul, standing on the bridge deck (with no railing), planning their work.

The boys are ready to go to work ...

The boys are ready to go to work ...

Measure twice, cut once ...

Measure twice, cut once ...

Starting to cut ...

Starting to cut ...

Finishing the cut.

Finishing the cut.

Having fun before Paul and Laura leave for San Francisco.

Having fun before Paul and Laura leave for San Francisco.

The decking, posts and railing are completed on the bridge to the master suite.

The decking, posts and railing are completed on the bridge to the master suite.

Bryan has the posts in place on the bridge.

Bryan has the posts in place on the bridge.

Bryan has the first railing on now.

Bryan has the first railing on now.

Jerry Ditto dropped by to review our project (and, he approved).

Jerry Ditto dropped by to review our project (and, he approved).

We're done!  The bridges are now much safer with the decking, posts and railings in place.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving (After Finishing the PEX)

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

It was great to celebrate yet another Thanksgiving with good friends.  We went to the Staab’s to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  We’re planning (hoping?) to celebrate Thanksgiving in our house in 2010.  Before enjoying dinner, we had some work to complete.

Finishing the PEX

Bill Brown’s team completed placing the reinforcing steel in the lower level so we went to the site to finish the PEX.  Our good friends, Paul Marcaccio and Laura Watson, were visiting from Toronto so Paul joined Bryan and Nikolas at the job site.

Bryan instructed Nik on how to use the nylon ties and then how to clip the excess off.  Nik was a fast learner and was soon ‘picking rice’.

Bryan instructing Nik on how the PEX needs to be positioned and attached to the steel mesh and the reinforcing steel (rebar).

Bryan instructing Nik on how the PEX needs to be positioned and attached to the steel mesh and the reinforcing steel (rebar).

Nik working on the PEX ('picking rice').

Nik working on the PEX ('picking rice').

Bryan tying PEX to the wire mesh and rebar.

Bryan tying PEX to the wire mesh under the rebar.

Paul bringing 'two bottles' of wine to the Staab's for Thanksgiving dinner.  A Rombauer Chardonnal and a Ridge Zinfandel (2004 Geyserville).

Paul bringing 'two bottles' of wine to the Staab's for Thanksgiving dinner. A Rombauer Chardonnay and a Ridge Zinfandel (2004 Geyserville).

Our smiling and very gracious hosts, David and Pia Staab.

Our smiling and very gracious hosts, David and Pia Staab.

David bringing the bird out of the oven - looks delicious!

David bringing the bird out of the oven - looks delicious!

The girls - Laura Watson, Donna Calise, Jo-Anne Sinclair and Leanna Staab.

The girls - Laura Watson, Donna Calise, Jo-Anne Sinclair and Leanna Staab.