I’m an architect in Los Angeles building a house for my family on a hillside slope in Mt. Washington we bought in the fall of 2002. I hope this ship’s log of our progress can be helpful for others thinking of doing the same. In 18 years of working on my own I’ve often wanted some primer on the house building process to hand out to clients, email to friends and relatives at their start. Over time I hope to break down these various stages of design and construction of our house to possibly distill it into some sort of pamphlet for this purpose.