Getting my certification was the closest thing I

Getting my certification was the closest thing I have experienced to school in decades. For a student used to coasting through with mediocre results, I really had apply effort. The process though, has been transformative and eye opening for me. There are so many basic things that can be done to make a home multitudes better than the code minimum that the industry incentivizes builders to do. There are changes afoot.

Happiest of birthdays to my partner and matriarch

Happiest of birthdays to my partner and matriarch of the Allen(Built) clan(s). I love our adventures and couldn’t imagine our story any other way. I hope it’s a great day for you!

Our time lapse camera allows the entire project

Our time lapse camera allows the entire project team to keep track of the build progress. Cellular based and equipped with PV batteries, it gives us a bird’s eye view of the cool designed project. That is a two story volume on the left. Log in to check on the guys. Pretty sweet, a bit creepy.

Beautiful evening for hanging on the front porch

Beautiful evening for hanging on the front porch with my girls.

Beautiful evening for hanging on the front porch with my girls.

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Scouting day at our Mt. Pleasant renovation with

Scouting day at our Mt. Pleasant renovation with #allenrussphotography. We love what our clients have done with their interiors to complete the vision. The house feels like home. .
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I wish AllenBuilt was in my neighborhood when

I wish AllenBuilt was in my neighborhood when I was growing up…

Step one: four days later and now complete.

Step one: four days later and now complete. Up next, the 20 hour exam. Passive certification is by far more rigorous than getting my contractor’s licences in DC, MD, and VA combined.

Not all projects need to be large to

Not all projects need to be large to be challenging. Rigo and Manuel killing it on our treehouse project.

Graham's attempt at company branding. I *think* I'm

Graham’s attempt at company branding. I *think* I’m proud. I’ve got conflicting feelings going on here.

So we called an audible and decided to

So we called an audible and decided to take the chimney and gable wall down to the first floor by hand. We couldn’t get an excavator large enough to reach from the front and back. This is too risky if it got away from us. That neighbor is sooo close.
Crunch time is only delayed a couple days while we do this right. Wave to Byron up there.