We have been working on a house in Point Richmond.  It is one of the historical districts of the Bay area.

IMG_2010 So for three weeks we have been destroying and discovering, and then destroying some more.  Then  framing all new walls, and stairs, and windows.  Working around and under foot of plumbers and electricians and Ted.  After all of our hard work we finally get the proverbial “cherry on top”.


We get to steal a job from California Closets!  This is Great!   We get to not only build  a closet, but a his & hers closet(11ft.x8ft.)

When I design and build there is a process I always follow.  First I listen to the client.  I then take their idea and sketch it out for them.  After that comes the research.  Mostly on the internet, that helps us get our brains wrapped around the whole job. IMG_2334IMG_2335Next comes the story pole.  Story poles are long pieces of wood that are used horizontally and/or vertically to mark exact and significant measurements.  You can build an entire kitchen with just 3 story poles.  Each mark tells the story of where everything lays, like a blueprint.   Now, it is TIME TO BUILD….well almost.

Before we build we prep our work areas, set up saw horses, and stack 2×4’s.  I use the level and begin looking for the high spots from ceiling to floor.  I need to see what I am working with.  Once that is figured out, and we snap a few chalk lines(we need a laser line!), we can begin building the closet frame.  With Jodi cutting and me yelling out measurements we make pretty quick work of it.

IMG_2348 Now we are ready to rip the pre-finished maple plywood for the interior of the closet.  But first, lunch break!  How about some personal naan bread pizza’s with italian sausage and cheese.  YUM!  Back to work.  Time to make the boxes.

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Because of the size of the sheet goods the best way to cut them is with a really nice table saw.  Well, we don’t have the luxury of a table saw.  So, I will use a circular saw.  I will use my straight edge as guide, so to get a nice straight cut.  I pick the side I want to be seen, then I turn it over and work on the back side of it.  This is to keep the visible edge free of tear-out or splintering when I am cutting it.  After a little rippin’ and a tearin’ we can only hope these things are gonna fit  Cause it is time to assemble!  We work our magic and Poof!


Wow, after that we are spent! Time for dinner, then bed.  See ya soon, we gotta little more work to do.