Bigger bedroom

One of the advantages of actually building your own home is there are no hassles when making changes to the plans.  We are extending the bedroom wall out 8ft to make the bedroom 16ft wide,  We are canterlevering the floor out over the little revine next to the house so no new foundation work is needed.

First of 4 canterlevered beams being welded to the bedroom container.

Once the floor, wall and roof of the bedroom extension are done most of the existing container wall will be removed.


My how time flies

Wow!  It has been 9 months since our last post.  In February I had part of my right kidney removed (stupid cancer – all is well).  I was unable to work for a couple months.  Then I kept thinking I should post an update.  Next thing I know it is October.  Updates will be more frequent.

Welding the gutter to the roof trusses.   It is much easier yo do this before the roof goes on.

The plywood is up on the 2nd roof and has been sealed.  After Hidden In the Hills Studio Tour (we are studio #47 – the corrugated roofing will start going up.

This is the view between the 2 roofs.  Shady and cool which will help keep the house cool.


Started installing the center gutter.   This will create a waterfall just outside the south glass wall that will be collected in a 2500 gallon tank.   A pump and piping will be installed upto the roof so we can have a water fall whenever we want.


The first roof (ceiling of the house) is done and passed inspection.   Next the gutters will be fabicated and installed.  The the second (shade) roof will be installed.



The base measurement for truss #14 was 193in.  I managed to enter 198 into the spreadsheet that calcs the various lengths of steel needed for the truss.  Didn’t realize this til the truss was up on the house.  Solution.  Remove the “triangle” section from each end and cut out 2.5 inches then weld the triangle back on.  It was easier to do the work on top of the house rather than lower the truss back to the ground.

Triangle is clamped to gether and ready for welding.

Busy busy

Most of the plywood is installed on the first roof.

Raising truss #14.

Rolling on the white roof sealant.

Slow but sure progress

We still have two more trusses to make and put up but we have shifted to installing the plywood on the ceiling/first roof.

Back to work!


To say Covid threw a wrench in the gears would be a vast understatement.  Now that Phoenix Rock Gym is making money I have been back to work on the house.  13 of 15 trusses are up.  I’m welding the trusses together creating one big unified roof structure.   Plywood going up soon.

Soap & snow!

We got truss #12 up today before the rain.   We tried rubbing bar soap on the support beams.  This made sliding the truss into place so easy we did not need to use the come-a-longs.  You can see some of the soap along the edge of the truss.

It snowed a couple day ago.  No welding on the house those two days.

The happy Desert Nest family.

Happy New Year

It has been awhile since the last update.  We had a very successful Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour in November.  Sales were great and I have lots of commission work to do.  In between I will be back working on the house.

Working on truss #12.   Flannel lined jeans (thanks Maggie) keep me from freezing while laying on the cold ground.

This is the view from the south of the house.  The structure looks huge from this angle.  We installed 2 pieces of plywood on the lower roof to make it easier to get from one container to the other.