This blog documents the progress of our super-cool, pre-fab home "somewhere" in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas. Rocio Romero designed the home, model LVL, and incorporated our custom modifications. GC Don Lourie is doing the build and architect Brad Satterwhite is providing additional ingenuity.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


The leaves may not have changed yet, but SFH certainly has since my last post. Lots to celebrate. The tar paper is on the outside. Don added a coat of green-gray paint to the foundation wall. Many of the interior walls have been framed out. Travis and crew from All-Weather Control installed the ductwork and air handler for the heat pump. The electrician and plumber are on the job next week. And the windows are in progress.

Don and I spoke about a few modifications to the original plan. We will take the guest bath walls to the ceiling rather than the 7 feet or so in the plan. Also, we'll be pulling return air through wall vents in the hallway and bedrooms. We'll locate the electrical panel on the exterior porch wall in the utility room and run circuits for radiant floors in both baths.

I dropped off a few finish items as well:
• two in-wall and two ceiling speakers for install (Accurian brand from RadioShack)
• mounting bracket for 42" LCD tv
• tub valve and tub/shower valve for bathroom fixtures (Pharma and Como by Danze)


test said...

Love your site! We've been looking at the LVL for some time (for a site on Orcas Island in Washington). I've never seen the bronze (?) color for the galvalume. It's very attractive. What do they call the color? Do you know how it's applied? I'm particularly curious about the windows you chose--brand and whether they were standard or custom. Nice job!

Ethan Whitehill said...

The Kynar color is Mansard Brown. We also opted for the Silver Metallic Kynar painted steel rather than the standard galvanized steel. The finish is like a baked enamel and is extremely durable (

The windows are a custom, commercial product from Abram's Glass in Oklahoma ( They have low-E, double-pane glass and aluminum mullions. I'm very happy with the quality and the price.