The Busbee Residence
The Busbees are my parents-in-law and theirs was the first steel frame home I built. The house is 2812 square feet in 1 1/2 stories. This was a kit frame from Classic Steel Frame Homes, and was bolted together. However, even with the pre-fabricated frame, we still had a lot of leeway to move rooms within the floor plan. We even were able to extend the kitchen area by adding footage on the back corner of the house. On this project, I used subcontractors only for the slab, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, and purely for the sake of time as we came into the rainy season, the roof. all other aspects of this project were completed by myself and my crew. I am particularly proud of the tile floors in this house. If you are interested, this house is available for tours so that you may see the finished project up close.
The Levi Residence
The Levi home is just over 5000 square feet under the roof and I took this job as a subcontractor. I was responsible for drying in the whole house which includes framing, roofing, wall sheeting and siding, and installation of exterior windows and doors. Later, I was called back to install the wood and Saltillo tile floors. This house was particularly rewarding because of the challenges involved. All framing of this house was completely site fabricated out of welded steel members and included features such as cantilevered porch roofs, skylights, and vaulted and coffered ceilings.
The Wright Lodge At Pecan Springs Ranch
I was originally hired as a subcontractor for the steel framing on this job in 2005. To date, this is still the largest site fabricated steel house structure that I have built at about 10,000 square feet under the roof. All primary load bearing members in this house are steel with the divisional framing completed by another sub with wood. I was later contracted to come back to this job to install the roof which is just over 12,000 square feet of Mueller, Inc. CF panel installed over wood decking.
In October of 2007, Mr Wright brought me back in for the final 6 months of construction. I functioned as both a job superintendent and as special labor for some of the finish work. This was a very challenging job because of the complexity of design and the uniqueness of so many of the finish elements of this home. A few months after the completion of this project, I went back one more time and added a workout room in an unused portion of the attic.