Aug / 1

Tea House Tree House

More positive press. Kirsten Dirksen from made this fantastic video of  us in the tree house i built in the old pepper tree. Here I’m featured explaining the conceptualizing and building process that brought our little hideaway in a tree to fruition.  Enjoy!

Jun / 7

Our hideaway in a pepper tree.


Our little tree sanctuary has recently been getting some good press. If you are not from the Santa Cruz area or missed us in last week’s Good Times article on tree houses, you can still check it out by going to their website. Otherwise come on over and see the real deal for your self.












Apr / 21

Wow check out this great idea for your back yard or garden!


Here’s a photo Chandra sent me from Cordwood Company. A backyard sanctuary alternative to your conventional gazebo. This structure could easily be built in part from recycled fence or deck boards.

garden house

Mar / 28

Welcome to my new site!

Hi all, welcome to my brand spankin’ new and very much improved website. Please feel free to add a comment, post an article or photo or video. It doesn’t even need to be about building. I will likely be adding articles on all sorts of things that interest me not always building or carpentry related.

charlie's round house in walesTo start off I just want to bring attention to an item that has been fluttering about the interwebs lately. Charlie, an unskilled builder, built his own roundhouse for his partner and child in rural Wales on a private parcel owned by his family. The city now wants him to tear it down as he did not go through the proper permitting process. As a contractor I well understand the need and purpose of this sadly laborious and bureaucratic process but, come on!  When you check out this amazing artfully hand crafted little cottage I hope you too will see the importance of saving it.