The house and observatory burned to the ground along
with 324 other homes on October 29th 2003. Building of the new house started in September of 2004. Lake Arrowhead Building
Company is the contractor.
As it looked November 6th, 2003.
04/05/2004 after cleanup... The county did not issue ANY building permits for six months....
09/18/2004, foundation footing being dug. We had to dig some footings 7' deep!
10/18/2004, concrete forms in place and retaining walls complete. The pier footing contains 6.6 yards of
concrete which weights 16,200lbs.
11/01/2004, concrete complete. Total of 73 yards or 177,000lbs of concrete (90 tons).
11/12/2004, framing begins. Pier installed. The telescope pier is 16' in dia., 20 feet tall, and weighs 1200lbs.
It is attached to the concrete base via four 7/8-12 studs that were welded to a rebar cage. The bottom
ten feet will be filled with sand and the rest with 2-part foam. This is earthquake country... having a large mass at
the top is not a good idea....
12/02/2004, framing continues....
01/17/2005 framing continues... North second floor exterior wall ready to go up. The south wall was already
up, but blew over and was destroyed. The pier is isolated from the house (does not touch).
02/04/2005. 2nd floor exterior walls up. Roof framing begun.
02/15/2005. Roof complete. Framing of observatory is next....
02/28/2005. Framing of observatory begins. The observatory is 7'10" in dia., and 13' tall. A 2.5m Observadome
will be placed on top. A internal spiral staircase leads from the control room on the second floor to the top of the observatory.
03/05/2005. 2.5m Observadome in place. Next will come cedar shingles then the dome skirt.
03/21/2005, Cedar shingles in place. The dome skirt will be installed after the house in painted.
05/13/2005. Cedar shingles stained, house painted...
06/02/2005. Roof complete, still need to install skirt...
07/17/2005. Skirt installed.
08/23/2005. Almost complete. Scope installed, need to finish interior
Lake Arrowhead Building Company can be found here.