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Custom Classic Construction, Inc.
Since 1985

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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, 

and to the Republic for which it stands, 

one Nation under God, 

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


August 5th 

The Black eyed Susan's are thriving in the heat

Tomatoes are  starting to ripen. 

Our first batch of sauce went into the water bath canner  this morning.

Cooled and ready to go into the  pantry.



July 26th

 Getting the scaffolding loaded  up so we can get started on  our next project.

The Kubota is a blessing! It makes quick work  of moving the parts needed  and saving our energy for erecting it.

Jim has been experimenting with different products to fill the voids  in the redwood siding and repair any rot or  bee damage he finds in the trim. 

Even in the shade it has been very hot so time working outside is limited to a couple of hours each day.

July 21st

Getting started preserving our harvest

Starting with a batch of Polish Dill Pickles

The last of the road lily flowers

Not really a flower but sure is a pretty sight. This is the first time I so far am having success growing Red Cabbage.



July 14th

Since we still have to purchase and install  cap shingles we decided to leave the scaffolding set up.

We were finished by 1:30


With several working hours left to the day Jim got the CNC operating software working correctly. For the last 2 weeks we thought it was an issue with my design software. Very frustrating.

With the CNC machine functioning properly it was time to do a test run on a sign I had promised to make for Boy Scout camp.

 The  first step was to write a surface plane program for the  rough cut pine board.

And then a letter test run on some scrap MDF checking size and spacing.

I think it will look better if I make the letters a little thicker and a double space between the rows.

Funny how I can clearly see my vision in a cabinet design on paper but this sign making is new to me and will require more practice.


July 13th 

Today has 2 meanings for us,

#1  Our wedding anniversary 

#2  The start up of  our business  37 years ago.


 With the beautiful weather forecasted it would be a great time to start on the shingles.

 We set the scaffolding.


We are glad we do not have to be motivated by our working years motto of "Time is Money".

 Now we go by "Slow and steady".  It took 5 1/2 hours to install a little over 2-1/2  square of shingles.


July 10th

Lettuce box 




July 4th

Today marks the birth of the greatest nation in the world!

Happy Birthday America!



 Signing of the

Declaration of Independence!  

as read by Max Mclean



July 3rd

Finally done with staining a few of the buildings 

Jim cutting in the last of the trim color


June 28th 

A quick walk through the high tunnel







Using some left over rough cut pine  Jim put together a  Box that I lined with plastic to use on the seed starting rack.

 Head lettuce struggles in the greenhouse so we decided to grow it under lights inside where it is much cooler.

So far so good.








June 25th

We were finally ready to start spraying stain Jim manned the spray gun  and I followed with a 6" roller driving the stain into the wood. It was a long hot day in the sun.

 First  coat is completed by the end of the day on  .....

The Tool shed

The compost Bin:

And the Kubota Run-in 

We will take tomorrow off to recuperate and I will order more stain on Monday.

June 23rd:

Sunrise this morning was spectacular


June 17th


Robin babies fledged this morning!




June 14th

 A day to honor our national Flag! 

May she forever wave!

June 6th 

Over View of the Greenhouse


Second planting of Broccoli


Ground Cherries

First pod has formed


 Mortgage lifter Tomatoes


Cucumber trellis


May 30th

Lest they be forgotten


May 23rd

Greenhouse update 

First some pretty flowers to attract the bees.



Navajo Sunset Agastache


North side:

South side:


May 22nd

Working on the drywell

New  10 ft section of pipe was needed.

Since we are mostly clay we were advised to increase efficiency of evaporation to add a larger stone holding area around the tank for the kitchen sink and dishwasher waste water to flow into and this time we will add a layer of fabric before replacing the soil to keep it from filtering down into the stones and ruining the system.


Ready for me to order a load of #2 stone



May 20th

It was time to fill up the truck and a few gas cans.

Need I say more ............


April 17th

Happy Easter!



April 7th

The Greenhouse:

Raspberry bushes:



Tophat Blueberry Bush is in flower


Garlic: Planted two beds last fall


Lettuce for "cut and come again" is up

Spinach is starting to germinate



Transplanted the broccoli, cabbage.cauliflower and beets:



Cauliflower are already starting to form heads



Dill  self seeded from last year




April 2nd 

I made some fresh baked torpedo rolls for our Grilled Sausage with onion and pepper sandwiches. we are having for  supper.

We spent the day working on taking down two damaged Aspen trees and getting them bucked up into lenght, split and stacked for firewood. We yielded enough to fill one bunk and started the next one.



March 31st

Continued progress on the Master bedroom


As of this morning:

Still have to rewire all the outlets

And for the ceiling we are ordering Armstrong's tongue and groove planks to cover the existing  1970's vintage Popcorn ceiling


March 21st

First attempt at fresh milled hard white wheat bread

The loaf was very dense and to dry for our liking.

I have a lot to learn.

Next time I will substitute  a cup or two of all purpose flour along with a  few tablespoons of  vital wheat gluten in hope that will make the dough softer.


March 18th




March 17th

"May your Troubles be less.

And your Blessings be more.

And nothing but Happiness come through your door"



March 12th

Over the last few days we got the  master bedroom painted and the  bay window completed except for the cased opening trim 

We again could not find the moldings we needed so Jim ordered the cutters to make up the baseboard, plinth and base blocks 2 different style fluted casings and the head pieces. and a new spray tip to paint all of it along with the shelves.

 We also still need prime and paint the actual crank out parts of the  windows but that will have to wait until warmer weather when we can leave them open to dry 


March 10th 

Snowed last night

Sometimes I prefer Black and White.

March 4th

Dropping the ceiling down to give us a way to finish off the cased opening Jim fabricated 6" V groove boards

At the end of the day the ceiling is installed the head board over the window and the sill is done

Still have to install the apron for the window and case out the opening,

We can not find anyone that has our fluted casing so  Jim ordered a set of cutters to make them.

Tomorrow we run for paint.

This entire area will be painted the same white we use for the casings and baseboards.

The walls for the bedroom will be

Benjamin Moore Classic Rockport Gray HC-105

March 3rd

Next up the left side 

Here is the area. That triangle area is the siding on the house No insulation at all None in the ceiling either.

The reveal on the window verses the cased opening area is not equal. Jim will have to build out the opening to square it up

The previous owner simply cut the bookcase shelves out of square and cleated them to the wall to fit the space.


Left side had to be built out 1- 1/2" to square up the opening to the window.


 The previous owner  paid attention and got the right side much closer. A few shims and Jim got the new bookcase squared up,


Case installed and face frames on


March 2nd


There are so many 'issues" with the walk out bay area The bookcases have to be built in place in order to make the many adjustments to the face frames to make the area something we can be proud of.

We believe that they should make a  "must be licensed" to work in the home building field mandatory. You cannot practice medicine, law  or even cut hair without one. This walk out bay area was a homeowner add on and it is a mess.

None of it is level, plumb or square

 8 hours later at least a dozen trips to the shop to mill up pieces Jim has it under control and it is coming together well. The easier of the two sides is built.





March 1st

Sleep eluded me last night so instead of tossing and turning I decided to just get up and bake. 

Black Bottom Cake

Cheese Crackers

And torpedo rolls.

Now I am tired.

February 28th

Sorry no pictures of the work so far

We are remolding the master bedroom. We started by removing the original 1970 carpeting, wallpaper and paneling. 

Then proceeded to rip up the particle board that was under the carpet and ran hardwood flooring.

Jim  skim coated the walls. They were in rough shape from sanding the adhesive that was used to glue the paneling to the wall.

 Over the weekend we primed the walls


Seed rack is looking great!

Cauliflower, Cabbage and Broccoli have adjusted to the transplanting into the solo cups.

Beets are up


January 25th

The spring growing season starts. 

Planted 3 starter trays during the Wolf moon ( January 15th)

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage variety of sweet and hot peppers and a  variety of Lettuce

First of the seeds have germinated


Started my day by baking a loaf of crusty bread. I will use any excuse to turn the oven on when it is this cold.


Happy New Year!