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oixio fleur-de-lys block d key Here is my journey of the building of pico-dwelling, from most recent, back to the beginning in 2003. Years!
Visitors from Germany, Jonas and Mima. Mima is working on a thesis project - a magazine on sustainable living. Thanks for the visit! 2014
fridge breaks water bottles The little refrigerator cries out for attention by freezing some nice water, thus breaking the containing glass vessels :<. 2014
Getting started on an art film, a pico-noir, featuring Lindsey and several other big stars... 2014
A&E, FYI, tubbub An A&E Networks, FYI TV video segment in within a Tiny House Nation episode! Dry-tubbing in the pico. Thank you, Sarah! 2014
visitors 19aug14 Visitors Hoang, Joseph, and Ngoc came by to take a look - thanks for the interest! 2014
kybele hotel istanbul 16aug14 At breakfast at the Kybele Hotel in Istanbul, I encountered a guy from Russia who has seen a pico-dwelling video! 2014
book photo shoot 5aug14 Good times with Andrew while he shoots photos that should one day appear in a book. Thank you! 2014
video shoot 10 hrs wed 23jul14 Another video shoot for a TV show. Thanks Colleen and crew! 2014
fkn dishwasher A go at troubleshooting the broken dishwasher, but half-heartedly and without information. I may just ditch it and build a drying rack... 2014
bike lift sketch I've designed a bike lift, and forwarded my sketch to a steel fabricator - it might just work!?. 2014
6 inch AD duct A template to expand the AC wall duct from 4-inches to 6-inches. Much hard work to get to PI*(1.5*R)^2 for better flow! 2014
cracked plaster More little repairs: Fix cracked plaster on the heater box, paint more cover panels, new wooden block for the light switch bay. 2014
12000 BTU portable air-conditioner (free, from the trash!), wood plenum to direct air, exhaust duct to window, water catchment tray for leaks. Chilling performance data (mouse-over picture). 2014
wire hiding box Added a removable panel in the top of the shelf to conceal electrical connections and wireless remote outlet for the red lamp above. 2014
air conditionary Getting starting on the experimental thermodynamics laboratory. Air quality is really important, and really difficult to manage, but the air shall abide! 2014
Almost finished with an outside-air-vent direct-powered solar blower gadget to mount on the window frame. And installed in the stowed position (mouse-over picture)! 2014
While throwing away someone's littered drink cup in the alley, I found in the trash the exact thing that I wanted; a half-round yoga foam thing, to support my video lounge bench! Karmic dumpster exchange! (tombo, blue!) 2014
coffee moka I've been gathering simple coffee tools for awhile, and I've finally run some grinds through a Moka-style espresso maker. Also fixed a wall-shelf. 2014
entry concrete patch Taking care of more small irregularities: Concrete patch under the entry door, fillers and covers, trim painting, wood floor oiling, and wall touch-up. 2014
2nd door trim white Door trim pieces from scrap bamboo flooring, cut, fastened, and painted white. 2014
An exposed steam pipe elbow needs a cover - a partial box with three faces, painted white. 2014
Working on door trim, to be painted white. (Hidden-picture; the pipe-hiding box). 2014
old ladder stairs Getting a feeling for the right step pitch - planning to use 12" space between steps, like this old ladder. 2014
dead ed bulb As the very few remaining 'villianous' light bulbs expire, I'm moving to LED bulbs, which seem to work well, last a long time. However, Costco "dimmable" PAR20 LED bulbs installed in my range hood, flashed on the low-light setting. 2014
ss tube for stairs Stainless tube from Online Metals to start the creation of steps to the café deck, transport via new Masi project bike. 2014
I've applied some red fire-barrier intumescent sealant to the gas pipe penetrations and the electrical panel conduit penetrations. 2014
first floor closet floor seal Trying some as-seen-on-TV rubberized spray goop to 'seal' the floor in the closet above my unit, hoping to inhibit potential leaks from the several water valves there. 2014
The funky old alley door latch is broken again. Critical problems like this 'resolve themselves' slowly in the Co-op, and "door broke" is accurate - the door has no money. 2014
Fooling around with a light under the tub lid, and dayglo O'brien above. 2014
And it was pico-party-12, shortly after the vernal equinox of 2014. Perfect weather, great guests, good times, Mars! 2014
photoweary Trying more photos with Bruce's Nikon D200. Conclusion: I'm tired of exotic cameras, and of trying to get print-quality photos in this place, so I shall stop. Back to iPhone! 2014
tdk bluetooth The fourth pico-music device is installed, and it is quite good; a TDK speaker cube w/ bluetooth! Preceded by a Capello bluetooth box, preceded by Audio Engine 5 and 2 speaker/amp systems. 2014
new year 2014 A fiery foggy finish to 2013 and some late-year cautionary publicity from the UK's tabloid, The Daily Mail.  Oooh, small badness! 2014
tilly pick A web article by Tilly Pick on Pinterest and SlideShare. Thanks! 2013
kiosk hk A web article for Hong Kong based KIOSK from requested photos and interview questions! Thanks, TC! 2013
8mm fisheye New 8mm fisheye lens for Pentax K-01 is cool, but haven't created a really sharp image yet... GoPro2 still reigns supreme. 2013
led shower head New shower head with water-generator LED-light water-temperature-indicating! 2013
180 degrees Waiting for a new 180-degree wide-angle lens in a quest for high-quality photos. Late-year sun! 2013
pico tv Doing some photo shooting to respond to more press requests. Difficult place to photograph! Video Lounge view. 2013
grafitti gone There's a continual battle with the graffiti rats in the Big City. Pre-dawn paint-over. (Though, the relentless Seattle parking patrol tire chalk tags are more annoying). 2013
pico fast coexist Fast Company asked for a phone interview and some photos, and posted a nice Web article. Thank you, Sydney! 2013
pico design milk Design Milk requested photos and info for blog post with a link to the faircompanies.com video. Thanks, Caroline! 2013
pico faircom Spent a fun couple of hours with Kirsten of faircompanies.com, shooting for a video interview/tour. Thank you! 2013
steve boards Pico visitor and boarder and local all-around good guy, Steve. 2013
pico hgtv HGTV aired a well-produced video segment in the 19 May Extreme Homes episode "Sled, Temple, Houseboat". Many thanks to HGTV and to Pioneer TV! 2013
And another appliance failure, this time the little dehumidifier. A little relay inside starting buzzing, and I couldn't make it recover... 2013
dishwasher I have one installed appliance with electronics, and it has failed. The drawer-washdisher main motor turns itself on (in power off mode) and spins madly against an absence of water. 2013
tiles done Floor sealed and all tiles cleaned. I'm calling it done. 2013
bath floor Concrete cured, spackled with concrete patch, painted with grout whitener, almost there. 2013
concrete perimeter I've built a form and poured a concrete front perimeter for the shower base. 2013
new year 2013 The end/start of another year! 2013
bath tiles Back from vacation; back to tiling the bathroom floor with vigor and vim and beer and protective gear. 2012
Preparation of the bathroom floor for tiling by stripping a mortar skim-coat with a powered wire brush. Not enjoying the big ol' dusty mess. 2012
hgtv shoot I spent a day with Pascal, Alex, and Patrick shooting video. Thanks guys! 2012
matt mark boards After breakfast with a couple of pico-boarders, Matt and Mark (and Chief Sealth back there). 2012
tile bath Preparing to tile the floor of the bathroom. Tile ordered, gathering supplies, tools, and steam. 2012
Oh no, it's a German tanzen party called pico-party-11! UnitE for food, drink, and merriment, 3nov12. 2012
I've completed a frame and aluminum security cover for my electrical panel in the basement hallway. The larger cabinet contains gas meters. 2012
air vent restore window trim Restoring the window trim around the fresh air vent with Bondo. 2012
air vent aluminum Working on the fresh air vent in the window frame - aluminum duct installed. 2012
certificate of occupancy Certificate of Occupancy and letter from the DPD received: "The described premises may be legally occupied"! 2012
final inspection passed Final inspection to construction permit - PASSED! Two full years of approval-wrangling! Certificate of Occupancy requested. 2012
heat detector inspection Heat detector installation Electrical inspection - PASS, then Fire inspection - PASS! 2012
laundry storage complete I'm finished building two new storage lockers in the building's laundry room. 2012
Heat detector installed above the door and wired to the nearby hallway fire bell. Waiting for PF&S to coordinate inspections. 2012
laudry storage build Keeping it all going by building new storage lockers in the building to squelch the ridiculous sto-rage unrest resulting from my repair and occupation of a vacant locker. 2012
bath ceiling peace out Taking a small peace break as I start in on what is supposed to be the last piece of permitting - fire sprinklers. There is an exception in the Code that may apply - working to find out... 2012
the F'ing electrical And after a big outlay of time, money, and stress, a new City-approved electrical installation. Nevertheless, thanks Mike, Steve, and Tim! 2012
mike and steve on electrical The permitting process is driving an update to the electrical system. Mike (and Steve) working on the new electrical installation. 2012
storage locker e The storage locker is cleaned up, secured, and for now, purposed as a gallery for Mona Latina. (But then a bizarre struggle with the Coop Board over locker assignment raged on and on and on.) 2012
Deek and Chris A visit by Deek and Chris for a video interview - thanks very much for stopping by! 2012
inspection Inspection for structural, framing, insulation permit compliance today - 22feb12 - PASSED. Electrical and Fire pending. 2012
DPD project reviews approved And today, 12jan12, all DPD permit application Project Reviews show "Approved"! That took 14 months! (False summit, though.) 2012
end of 2011, start of 2012 And that's it for 2011! 2012
Code Modification / Alternate Request approved Code Modification / Alternate Request approval from DPD! 2011
storage locker e A storage locker is one of the requirements for permitting as a residential unit, so, after repairs, frame/rehang the door - a storage locker. 2011
Colors around the food table somewhere in the night. Eighteen guests at the peak! What a time! picoparty10! Thanks for coming! 2011
out disposal, in straightpipe Removed the [unGreen] kitchen sink disposal and installed a regular drain cup and p-trap. 2011
picoparty10 It seems I'm getting close to approval by the City! So, an encouraging 'legalize it' party shall ensue on the solstice! 2011
hiding wires Added several large-diameter holes in the cabinet to allow for more tricky (invisible) wire routing. 2011
new double-pane window A new (Windorco) double-pane insulated window installed. Quieter, warmer, better dust seals, screen, and a required outside air vent. 2011
dpd tower model Good meeting at the DPD with a plan for closure... 2011
maya calendar Just trying to get it approved by the City before the End. 2011
gabe and dana Visitors, Gabe and Dana; great discussion about design! 2011
sally clark A visit by Sally Clark! With Jan, David (hidden by faucet, out left), Dana, and Steve (me). 2011
pico spring Winter into Spring, and no new work on the pico-dwelling as I expend my time and energy for the DPD-mill. 2011
paper roll for dpd A big roll of drawings on a big pile of papers in preparation for DPD intake meeting. Intake accepted, now to wait for review comments... 2011
gis aerial A GIS screen shot at the DPD. 2011 will be about permitting... 2011
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