Tumble Moon (Update 2)

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm | No Comments


No paint colors have been picked for the house, but I felt these drawings could use some pizzazz. The back elevation has changed. The back door has been moved around to the side, and there are now two windows.

Design Development. We (Charley McKenney and I) have now moved from the schematic phase to the design development phase. Actually we’re further along and are now way into the construction document phase, but this post is about the design development and includes all the interior elevations. You know… the fun stuff. Once you have clicked over to the entire post, please remember that by clicking on an image, you will see a much larger version. While you’re in the large version mode you can click the right arrow which will take you to the next drawing. This way you don’t have to exit this mode in order to get to the next image, but you will need to exit in order to read the captions.

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At The Reading Room

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 6:58 pm | No Comments


video still, Becoming Colette/Grand Vefour, 2015

Becoming Colette
new work by Colette Copeland
at The Reading Room/Dallas
3715 Parry Avenue, Dallas
January 16—February 20, 2016
opening reception January 16 from 6 to 9 pm

Becoming Colette, a project by Dallas multi media artist Colette Copeland, will open January 16 and continue through February 20. Copeland’s work examines issues surrounding gender, history and contemporary culture. The exhibition will feature video, prints and sculpture that take the viewer on a performative journey into the literary history of Paris and the writings of the iconic French author Colette.

Copeland’s work has been exhibited in 15 solo and 70 group exhibitions/festivals spanning 29 countries in the past 12 years. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA from Syracuse University. She currently teaches at University of Texas Dallas, Richland and Collin Country Colleges.

The Temptress (1926)

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 5:25 pm | No Comments


“Never would he let himself be snared by passion!” The graphics in these old “moving picture” posters are so much fun. It was the only time the public would get a glimpse of color before they headed to the black and white film.

It’s New Years Eve, and since this film’s party scenes are so glamorous and fun, the way New Years Eve should be, I thought I would bring some visual glitter to spark your evening plans. So click the link below to see how others celebrated in bygone days.

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 11:59 am | No Comments


“Ring-a-bling, hear them ring, Soon it will be Christmas day.” Yes, there’s a slight lyric change, because “bling” is way better than “ling.”

What’s Blooming Now

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm | No Comments


After a week of rain and clouds, it was a cheerful surprise to see these blooms.

Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’) started sending up its bloom stalks in November, but the flowers didn’t start to unfurl until the very end of November. These Giant Leopard clumps have doubled in size since they were planted in the spring of 2014, so I’m kind of worried at just how big of a mass they will be next year. The University Park code enforcement lady loves to torment those who dare to plant something other than grass.

Tumble Moon (Update 1)

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm | No Comments


No paint colors have been picked for the house, but I felt these drawings could use some pizzazz. I do know what color it won’t be, white. The color pallet will come from the natural elements on the property, twigs, bark, leaves, and stone.

I finally decided on a name for my new piece of heaven, Tumble Moon. It’s the name of a Texas Dude ranch in an old campy film called Lightning Strikes Twice (1951). It seems that all the other name combinations that might describe my property’s uniqueness were already spoken for by multiple apartment complexes.

Below is a list of what’s happened since I purchased the property eleven months ago:
• December 18, 2014: My landscape architect Michael Parkey and I explore the property together and locate two possible building sites for the future tiny house.
• December 21, 2014: Michael sends me the first site plan.
• February 11, 2015: New survey finally arrives after waiting two months.
• February 24, 2015: Michael and I return with Mark Bulloch, the landscape contractor, to show him the property so that he can work up an estimate for erosion control, hauling off trash, installing the fence and gate, and clearing paths and drive.
• May 18, 2015: Mark Bulloch’s estimate is signed off on, and he moves his camper to the site and begins the work.
• June 12, 2015: Michael and I visit Mark at the property, where we decide on an ideal building site that hadn’t been considered before. We also determine that the entrance needs to be relocated. While out there, we met with several contractors to see about the feasibility of digging a well and installing a septic system at the building site.
• June 23, 2015: Michael and I return to do a survey of the future house site. We needed to know all the grade changes and distances.
• June 25, 2015: Michael revises the site plan to reflect the new changes and the survey’s results.
• July 15, 2015: Charley McKenney, my architect, and I meet up with Mark and Michael at the property. This is Charley’s first visit to the site.
• September 9, 2015: Charley McKenney presents his first set of schematic drawings, which have been enhanced for this post.
• September 22, 2015: With the dimensioned schematic drawings, Charley, Michael, and I locate the exact position of the house on the site and use stakes to indicate the corners and blue spray paint to outline the building’s footprint. We originally had thought that the house front would face northeast with only one stupendous view out, but Charley decided on a much better location which allowed the house to take in three different views. Of course, this meant a revised set of schematic drawings would be required to adjust windows and door locations, but the footprint would remain the same.
• September 24, 2015: Eikon Consultant Group is hired for geotechnical and structural engineering. The geotechnical phase to drill for core samples is scheduled.
• September 24, 2015: The extensive property behind me has been sold and not knowing the new owner, we decided to relocate the drive up to the entry gate. Originally the final portion of the route was to have been in between two neighbor properties on a rough drive that had been created for utility purposes, but was not intended to be a public-right-of-way. Mark Bulloch and I agree on his estimate to build a road access which will require a ton of road base and dollars. Here’s the new site plan for entry road.
• October 16, 2015: Mark Bulloch has now completed all the property and road work that’s required for now. There’s more work for him once the house construction has been completed.
• October 20, 2015: Charley McKenney presents the second set of schematic drawings. Along with window and door placements to take in the views, Charley has included interior elevations. He has also rearranged the kitchen. I will post these drawings when he has had a chance to incorporate the things we discussed.
• October 21, 2015: I received Eikon’s geotechnical report. All 36 pages of it.

Click on the link below to see the rest of the drawings, and remember that clicking on each image will give you a much larger version.

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