Archive for November, 2009

and so…the saga continues

November 30, 2009

Mudding continues slowly, but with the skillful guidance of Dad and BJ we getting through it. I spent almost all of yesterday in a tiny linen closet upstairs that will be first stop on the tour for anyone I can convince to peak their head in. Pretty funny that I ended in the closet once I got the hang of it!


mud fight

November 29, 2009

Here is a quicky update on our renovation. We have most of the mudding up. The second floor is ready for sanding, and the main floor is waiting for the final coat. After that, we should be getting ready to paint, so I hope you have your painting gears for the “PAINT PINT PIZZA” extravaganza!!

diy – your own lil’ CNC

November 17, 2009

I have always wanted a CNC machine, but at a cost of tens of thousand, it was always a pipe dream.  That is, until now.  DYILILCNC is a project by Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson.  The pair of Chicago artist and educator created an open source set of plans and instructions, available to download, to make an inexpensive CNC machine for around $700.  Not only can you cut with a router bit, but you can use other tools such as markers or pens to do precise drawings.  This will be my on-going project.

DIYLILCNC via Core77

lego – nakagin capsule tower

November 13, 2009

the Nakagin Capsule Tower is one of the best examples of Japanese Metabolism.  Unfortunately, it will be taken down in the near future for a more conforming building.  This Lego creation perfectly encapsulate the essence of the building, even down the fact that each capsule can unplug from the main structure.


Space, Time & Reality via The Brothers Brick

when a barcode is not just a barcode

November 11, 2009

Barcodes can be found on just about everything we buy today, and from what Hayley tells me, they are always a pain to incorporate into the packaging design.  Well, why not turn that eyesore into something of an eye candy.  Design Barcode has been doing this for years, mainly with Japanese clientele.  Designs start at $1,500 for a ready made design, plus a licensing fee of $200 per year.  A custom and exclusive design will cost you $4,000.  This might not be much for major retail products, but for things like limited-print-books, the pricing can be a bit steep.  Plus, I don’t think that it would be that hard to do.


via swissmiss

it’s official – we have cold beer

November 10, 2009

And other cold beverages.  We got the refrigeration working yesterday so I promise there will be cold beer for the future help force.  In our design haste, we did overlook one thing.  We realized that our Ikea fridge which has a pair of french door, requires significant clearance on either sides for the door to open in order for the drawers inside to be fully accessible.  Right now, we have it butt up against the wall on one side, meaning that the fridge door itself can only open to about 95 degrees.  We can get the draws to come out a bit, but not fully open, so we will have to see what we can do.  They didn’t teach you this kind of stuff in architecture school.

it’s official – we moved in

November 9, 2009

There has been very little updates in terms of home renovation lately, but a lot has happened. We finally moved into our home on Sunday and spent over first night there. It was quite a joyous event after what seems like forever. We told ourselves that we would move in as soon as the bathroom and bedroom was done. We had some complications with getting hot water but hopefully, that has been resolved for the long term. Sunday was also the day that the last piece of drywall went up, so now our house is looking more like a house and less like a counstruction site. We still don’t have a working kitchen, but fingers crossed, we will have a fridge and microwave so we can nuke up some basic meals. There’s still quite a bit of clean up to be done, and more mess to make. The adventure continues.

inspiration – NYC spaghetti

November 4, 2009

Oh spaghetti, you are an architect’s best friend.  Not only are you affordable for a starving architecture students, you also lend yourself well for cheap modeling materials.  Thanks to Alex Creamer‘s packaging idea, you finally get your iconic status.


TheDieline via Eat Me Daily

inspiration – hey jude flowchart

November 3, 2009

This one is for the flowchart lovers.  Now, I have the Beatles stuck in my head.


via love all this

wish i’d thought of that – felt wine rack

November 3, 2009

Simple.  Elegant.  Felty.  What more could one ask for?

Hayley, this could me something that you can make from that sweater that I accidentally dried.


Supermarket via swissmiss