I acquired a job working in a custom furniture shop and learned many
aspects and techniques involving skills needed in making custom
I ventured out on my own and began designing and building custom
furniture, as well as other interior and exterior projects.
I obtained my General Contracting license and started a Design / Build
business designing Custom Homes and Remodels in small beach community
I built a home for a Client in Tahiti (French Polynesia). This was a
fabulous experience on several levels. I had to learn to speak some
French and Tahitian in the process. This was the beginning of an on
going relationship with French Polynesia. I have returned almost every
I was involved in another project in Tahiti, where I remodeled and
upgraded an existing home that employed the use of a good deal of
bamboo as accents on porch rails as well as interior wall detailing.
I was a job superintendent for alterations and additions to an
Elementary and High School in Cambria, California.
I continued on with my Design / Build business, as well as designing
and building another personal spec home.
I lived on the island of Molokai, in the Hawaiian Islands. I had
several Design projects that I brought along from California to work
on, as well as doing some local Design work.
I lived in and remodeled a property in Marathon Florida, in the Florida
Keys. I basically took an old non-descript flat roofed house and added a
steeper pitched metal roof, as well as other tropically oriented
enhancements. I remained in Marathon Florida until 1993.
One of my most interesting projects in French Polynesia.. I designed,
as well as performed some construction, on a small two story structure
on a coralhead in the middle of a lagoon on the island of Ahe. (I know
it wasn’t environmentally correct, but that was not my call). They used
the structure as a venue to graft the oysters, which produce the famous
Tahitian black pearl.
I continued on with my Design / Build business in a small beach town in
I made the decision to stop my General Contracting business and focus
only on Design. At this time I also began giving training to others in
the Cad Software program I use called “VectorWorks”.
I produced an entire set of working drawings for a Medical Imaging
facility (MRI), in California. I was working in conjunction with two
associates, consultants and a structural engineer on this project.
My primary focus remained on Design work as well as Cad Training.
Because of my skill levels and basic drawing package, I am often hired
by other architects to do 3-d renderings, presentational graphics,
virtual reality work, and animations of their projects for their
Clients. In addition, I have set up several architectural and design
companies to utilize VectorWorks Cad Software in their businesses.
I purchased a live aboard Catamaran in the fall of 2003. I sailed from
California to Hawaii and was based in the Ko Olina Marina, on the west
shore of O’ahu in the Hawaiian Islands. It proved to be quite exciting,
thanks to the burgeoning advances in technology and Broadband Internet,
to be able to live and work from my catamaran sailboat. I still had a
Client base in California and continued with Residential Design work as
well as presentational graphics relating to architecture. I did work
for several Architectural Firms in the Honolulu area. For IDS
architects, I was hired to do working drawings and 3d modeling for
commercial retail stores such as Crazyshirts, Rolex, Le Sportsac,
Christopher James and several others. Genesys Design Group, an O’ahu
based Firm, commissioned me to produce Renderings and Presentational
Graphics for several Churches they were designing in Hawaii. In April
of 2009 I left Hawaii and relocated my Catamaran to Vava’u, Tonga,
where I spent one year living on my Sailboat. I continued with my
Architectural Business designing custom homes as well as being
outsourced by other Architectural Firms in the US and Canada.
In May of 2010 I departed Vava’u, Tonga and sailed to Fiji, where I
lived aboard my Catamaran 'Tere Hau Nui' for 16 months and continued
with my architectural practice, while floating on the beautiful waters
of the South Pacific.
In September of 2011 I sold my Catamaran and relocated to the island of
Moorea, in French Polynesia.