BUILD 2008 Halloween Costumes
November 2, 2008, 11:10 am
Filed under: BUILD LLC, Design

We’re just about done designing a home for an awesome client of ours who threw a Halloween party this year. He’s tracking the entire process on his blog and as it turns out, the costume party was held at the existing residence, soon to be mostly demolished. So basically, all the right variables came together and the temptation was just too great – we simply HAD to go dressed up as his new house. Today’s blog documents a different kind of design-build process… costume design-build; from schematics to construction to usage and eventual demolition.

The existing residence (and site of Halloween party)

The proposed residence

Costume design: schematics

Costume design: drawings

Costume design: box disassembly and model construction

Costume design: painting

Costume design: window mullion insertion and detailing

Kevin Eckert, Andrew van Leeuwen and Duff Bangs of team BUILD

Completed costumes and install (Josiah modeling for Kevin Eckert, our fearless CEO is a very busy man)

Spontaneous redesign

Field testing the design

Aftermath and post party analysis

1. 8.45pm: Cantilevered roof failure after Kevin bumps into “colorful hippy guy”.
2. 9.15pm: Shearwall failure, otherwise known as “racking”, occurs at west façade of master suite – culprit rolled away on skates.
3. 9.20pm: Hot tub and occupants separate from main structure.
4. 9.25pm: Catastrophic failure of rooftop guardrail.
5. 9.45pm: Structural failure of roof over bedrooms, subsequent leaking occurs.
6. 9.55pm: Partial failure of sunscreens.
7. Later: West face of kitchen takes direct blow from “guy dressed up as pro wrestler” – glass façade successfully resists lateral point load.
8. Later: Chimney disconnects from main structure
9. Much Later: Dangling sunscreen (refer to #6) becomes hazardous debris – nearly trips “sexy school teacher”.

Demolition & debris removal

Credits: Hats off to our man Duff who did EVERYTHING involved with this project.

[All photos, images and drawings by BUILD llc]

Also in Halloween news: the BUILD world headquarters had a cameo appearance by the one and only Gus Williams of the 1970’s Seattle Sonics.  Wowzer did he have some moves.

Happy Halloween everyone.


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That is just an incredible effort. I can’t help but think this helped make the party a party.

Comment by Samuel

you are so bad ass it isn’t even funny…

Comment by dot

This is just plain DOPE. Thanks for being so creative, guys. Hilarious!

Comment by Chase Jarvis


I’d appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our site:

I realize that you are home decor-Modern design connoisseur :) I’d like to hear your opinion/feedback on our products. Also, it’d be swell if you can place our link on your blog.

Thank you,


Comment by Sean

You guys are too funny. Loved the post-party analysis. Gotta watch those colorful hippies I tell ya. They don’t appreciate modern architecture.

Comment by goodchemist

Sean – I think this is the part where you lead in with something like “hey great Halloween costumes” or “that’s really something with the costumes” or “wow – what you guys can do with a cardboard box”, ya know, a little something to make it relevant. So with that said – your site is nice and clean. We like the products. If you take a tour of our blog you’ll notice that we link to other design related blogs – but not purely sales websites.

Comment by buildllc

We don’t have the wherewithal at this time to have you design and build our new home but we really should meet soon to discuss a Halloween commission.

Comment by Les Fitzpatrick

It’s genius. Genuis, I tell ya.

Comment by Rebecca Teagarden

Insanity ….. I like!!!

Comment by jacek


Comment by william lai

i love it! kp + i were thinking how great our new house will for hosting a halloween party. so, you should keep the hobby going — don’t forget the swimming pool!

Comment by janell

I can’t believe you did the WHOLE HOUSE! Next time I will dress up as a tile pattern…I have tile on my brain…

Comment by Flora & Paul

Too cool for school!!!

Comment by Erik Niemann

Oh! I miss you guys and the archinerd it brought out it me…..the subsequent failure analysis is beyond hilarious particularly the ‘glass façade successfully resists lateral point load from pro wrestler.’ Brilliant sez I.

Comment by meredith frolio

Andrew honey, this is your mother. I guess my dream of having you work for corporate America is pretty much toast now. Please don’t throw all that hard work away though. You know I’d be happy to keep it with your legos and soccer trophies.

Comment by Mom

Very creative, how many hours did you guys spend on this? Was this #1 grade cardboard?


Comment by Bill Schliiter

I think it speaks highly of your design/build skills that the structure was substantially able to withstand a night of partyin’. Although injuring the “sexy school teacher” would have been a bad thing.

Comment by crookedbanker

Reminds me of… but I can’t think what.

Comment by kp

Thanks KP- that is a classic!
And, in regards to you ‘sustainability concerns’ (haha), we have this to offer:
The minimal amount of material was used for the project (reduce),
the material had been previously used to deliver your appliances to your home (reuse),
and if you look closely, that’s the magical blue waste management dumpster, not the not-so-magical green (recycle).
That’s a green trifecta!

Comment by Kevin E.

The party was so much fun and the house, although awkward to talk to, ride with and get through doors, really was an awesome addition to the fun.
I think every party should have one!

Comment by Erika

[…] … they not only show up to your Halloween party but they come dressed as your house. Kevin, Andrew, and Duff over at Build went to great lengths to produce the costume of the night and even documented the entire thing on their blog: […]

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You guys are awesome! That’s hilarious.

Comment by Kevin Tabari

Hey andrew, your garage door is open.

Comment by Aaron

Thanks for sharing.These design costumes can better to build your home beautiful in Halloween holidays.

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