The Paint Machine is up and running

We have begun to make the wood shop our new studio space. Between the box project for Intro to Craft and this studio project, there is on average 8-10 people in the wood shop during the day. Our actual studio space is a ghost town. It is a nice change of pace, but it is … Continue reading

Paint+Kitty Litter

Things are moving along in the wood shop as we wait for the concrete piers to cure. We started cutting the wood pieces for the storage unit, spilled some primer in the parking lot/on Dave’s car, threw some kitty litter on it (after scraping it off the asphalt) and went back to work. As half … Continue reading


Coming back from Thanksgiving break, we finished up the final bit of concrete for this project and looked towards the next steps in the construction process. While the concrete piers set, there is much to be done on the storage piece, the roof, the sink, and the benches. The bulk of the past day or … Continue reading

Surprise! Concrete’s Here Two Hours Early…

Monday was our last concrete pour! After three separate visits from the concrete fairy we now have both sides of our slab, twelve proud piers, and two supports for our vegetable washing sink. We were supposed to pour the piers around three but the concrete truck was there around 1 pm, so we had to … Continue reading

All Piers Formwork Ready, Thanks Giving break, and MUSC Urban Garden Visit

After our hard work, all the piers formworks and rebars tying were done and in position. In the process of setting formworks and rebar tying, we found that some of the rebars are not in right position, so we have to cut them down or bent them to the right position. There was the need … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of hard work: shoveling, tying, measuring, tamping, pouring, screeding, cutting, and drilling. It has also been a lot of fun. It is pretty amazing that construction began just one week ago, and we are about to make our last concrete pour. Yesterday, the formwork for the piers … Continue reading

What a weekend! Btw.. another young architect here!

So while everyone is enjoying a quiet Saturday and Sunday, sipping hot coffee on their front porches, looking into their gardens, with children playing around, people walking their dogs and more, Our studio is in full production mode, enjoying the humming of drilling machines and clincking of metal rebars. Its been a super productive weekend … Continue reading

“Work Smarter, Not Harder”

“Work smarter, not harder.”  Sounds like something my father or grandfather would tell me, gently chiding me for making something more complicated than it needs to be and then instructing me on a way to do it better, faster, more accurately – or giving me a better tool to do the job.  That’s another phrase … Continue reading


Yesterday was our first concrete pour for half of the slab. All twelve of us and Dave were on the site the past few days to prepare the formwork of the slab and the rebars for yesterday concrete pour. Before the concrete pour, we had finished up tying all the rebars and make sure all the … Continue reading

Headway at Medway

We are making progress on the slab. Due to an afternoon field trip for another class yesterday, we weren’t able to make it to the site until around 5:30pm, right as the sun was setting. We quickly got to work tamping the soil and fixing the walls of the turndown, making sure they were vertical … Continue reading