DIY’R

Homeowner/Builder

My House

Built my first house when I was 29 years old – from the ground up. Laid the ground foundations, that consisted of laying hollow tiles on concrete footings and the pouring of cement for the concrete slabs that were the floors for the garage and living areas. Strange as it sounds, I had to cut all the 2×4 wall studs to size because they were 8 footers.

Nailing on the purlins on the first house I have ever built
I was 29 when I attempted and succeeded in building my first house. Laid all the hollow tiles and erected all the structural framings. Plumbing done by a contractor and electrical wiring by licensed family electricians. Friends helped in laying concrete for the floor. No pre-cut 91-1/4″ studs were available in the early 1970’s.
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20 years later, installed new panels onto the exterior walls and added soffits under the overhanging rafters.
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My home, 43 years old, surrounded by trees and ferns.

1st Homeowner/Building Job:

After building my home, I took on the challenge to assist  homeowners,  to construct their new home, after they applied for a Homeowner building permit with the County Building Div.

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University Professor assisting in the construction of his new home.
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This is my first attempt at constructing a house on post and piers. All my helpers are just following my instructions to get the floor beams in place.
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Week-end Warrior friends on hand to erect prefabricated roof trusses. Building my first 2 story structure. KOOL!
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Exterior railings were added to the building plan that extended to the living room and master bedroom. GREAT VIEW OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN
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Built my first fire place and sauna steam room when they were later added to the floor plan.
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20 years later, home was sold.

 

2nd Homeowner building project:

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That ‘s me up on the rafters, brother John on the ladder and pops on the floor on the right. Completed the construction in 6 months..UNBELIEVABLE!
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Brother John – INVALUABLE!
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NICE! HUH?
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Check the arch-ways and koa floor, up on the second floor! The arch-way was the idea of Brother John. FANTASTIC!
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Beautiful breeze-way connecting the upper floor bedrooms. Breeze-way overlooks a gorgeous living room.
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Living room design was not per plan. I decided on constructing an open beam ceiling, with a couple of arched windows. Outside the small window on the upper right corner is a viewing deck, accessible from the master bedroom. GREAT VIEW OF THE OCEAN!.

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3rd & 4th Homeowner building projects – 2 Package homes, 1,256sf:

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5th Homeowner builder project:

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