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Two houses here, designed and then built new, from the ground up.  Plus pre-completion photos of a masonry house, a historic firehouse finding new service as a home, and a radical passive solar renovation.  Not shown, several solar, strawbale and earth-sheltered designs stowed away, not built.......yet.

A Passive Solar Country Cottage outside of Winthrop, WA, 1990's, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full basement, with view down the Chewuck River Valley. Completed 1998.

Siding is locally milled Western Red Cedar, board-and-batten.  Roofing is coated steel panels, popular in the area to allow snow to slide off roof.  Dormer windows admit light and solar heat, as do the first floor south-facing windows and the basement windows, not visible here.

The interior has an exposed post-and-beam second floor structure, simplified with locally fabricated steel brackets. 

An all-masonry house of an architect in Austin, Texas, which Steve worked on during summers while attending UT. Concrete footings three feet deep, concrete masonry walls, and arched concrete beams, mostly of concrete mixed on site. Steve designed and built the arch form which allowed the beam to be cast in place and re-used to cast 10 arched beams.  While the broad surfaces are prepared for stucco, the upper projecting lip is integrally colored for permanent exposure, yet cast in the same pour as the rest of the beam.


Steve's first whole new house, a "Texas Saltbox" in Manor TX, designed and built while still studying at University of Texas at Austin, around 1982. 



Holyoke Firehouse circa early 1800's;
The customer bought this old firehouse after a small amount of restoration had been done.

The building had quarters for the horses that drew the original firewagons, an open second floor for bunking, and a gymnasium on the third floor amongst the massive wooden rafters and roof structure. 

We restored masonry work around the two front doors and prepped them for
overhead door installation.

For interior work, including rebuilding floors and building new stairs from salvaged old floor joists, see the Interior Projects page

A Texas Country Cottage Renovation

This tiny house in Bastrop, Texas was moved to the property and placed on concrete piers by the moving contractor. 



During his Texas college years, around 1980, Steve removed and restored the windows, moved many of them to the south side for solar heat collection, built the new roof with deep shading overhangs and a ridge vent, added the entry porch, and redid the entire interior into a 500 sq ft "studio" cottage.