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Main and 41st

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The NW corner of Main Street and 41st is the location of our newest project. We’ll be constructing a six story building with a ground floor retail space of 7,563…

The Maker Exchange

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WHERE THINKERS AND MAKERS CONVERGE Introducing The Maker Exchange located in the Railtown Design District The Maker Exchange is an innovation eco-system, where progressive thinkers and skilled makers converge over…

7 West 6th Update

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--As of today, we have completed all the largest part of the project – the concrete. --The roof is now on and water-tight. --The elevator equipment is on sight and…

Tiny Cabin Update

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The tiny cabin project inches toward completion. View from the driveway level I had some hesitation last week when we were planning our first overnight stay. Having been promised the…

Island Time

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West Coast Road Cabin renovation Island time. It’s an expression that has taken on new meaning. A transition begins as you pull onto the ferry in Tsawwassen. From swearing at…

I’m not digging the short days…

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... but I am digging a hole. Some new site photos from the Mirror Building in Mount Pleasant.

It’s Black Friday Somewhere.

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But here at the Mirror building it’s Blue-sky Friday. The underpinning is finished and we’re 70% complete on the shoring. Next week – footings and pits!

Construction at The Mirror Building

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Friday afternoon and the excavation continues at a great pace. We are already at the bottom of the hole.

How Many Days Does it Take to Dig a Big Hole?

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This Week's up-date on 7 West 6th Avenue.   The Mirror Building project is underway! A day and a half of excavation - and we have a big hole.  

What’s Up in Vancouver?

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If you feel like geeking-out on Vancouver high-rises - and who doesn't? then, this is your web-site: http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?cityID=1&searchname=timeline This site offers a detailed history and diagrams of Vancouver’s skyline from…

Exciting News!

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First, an up-date from the Yardarm: Spraying the first and second floor columns with fire-proof paint:   Some drywall, and painting on the third floor: Adding the flashing on the…

Update at the Yardarm

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TI’s underway, glazing and painting ticking along, sidewalks being poured. And, the building is fully leased! Woo! Drywall on the first floor. Framing in the offices on the third floor.…

Go Big or Go Home

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Oh, yes it is! Tree House Friday!  And today we take a little trip around the world looking at some really big ones. According to Treehugger.com this is the world’s…

I Love a Good Staircase

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It’s one of those architectural elements which you can either take for granted or elevate to an artistic and innovative expression. I am always on the lookout for great staircase…

Update from the Site

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Happy 2015! To make up for having stretched out my blogging holiday well into the new year I am offering up a blog sandwich today… well technically more like two…

It’s Tree house Friday 2015!

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Wow time flies!  Here we are already into January, and high time for some new mind-bending tree houses.   This first one is the hundred year tree house design part…

So, what are you going to buy your kids for Christmas?

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Most of us probably began our construction and design interests early in life with a building set under the tree one Christmas morning. My personal favorite was Meccano – with…

It’s Tree House Friday Again! Yay!

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It’s time to get your tree house freak on again. This first one in honor of the new Star Wars trailer… kind of a Jedi tree house – not to…

Necessity is the mutha’ of invention

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So here’s the thing about Vancouver. It rains. Not just a little. It rains and rains… and then it rains some more. And all that water coming into the building…

It’s Tree House Friday!

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  As a kid I LOVED The Swiss Family Robinson TV show. Yes, utterly cheese-tastic 1970’s TV but, come on… the tree house!  Who didn’t want to live in the…

A Study in Contrasts

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Two very different narrow lot developments. The small – from Atelier Tiangong People, architects Yasuhiro Yamashita, Haraguchi Shinji and Amano Miki. Called “Lucky Drops” after a Japanese saying for the…

It was the ’70’s

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I’ll never forget my initial glimpse. It was love at first sight. Flashback to 1971, me on the edge of my seat – no mean feat because my legs dangled…