Field Notes


  • ACVB
    Signed, sealed and delivered! The DBA crew installed a collection of custom furnishings for the new Austin Visitors Center. Thanks to Runa Workshop, the architectural firm behind the center, for allowing us to be a part of this very cool project.

    Custom Table
    We completed the second iteration of a custom-designed dining table with a steel base and white stone top. Designed by Adrian and Jack, the table now graces the dining room of a private residence in Houston.

    Camp Heavy Metal
    Our third Camp Heavy Metal benefitting … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: June 26th, 2014


    Albany Ranch
    Thanks in part to a collaboration with David Bowers at Studio A, we’re making progress on designs for a bunkhouse renovation and two new structures on this family ranch. The proposed design is staying true to the original aesthetic and includes some “structural gymnastics” to show off the oil-pipe truss beams designed by the family patriarch, Bob Green. In addition to DBA’s favorite material — OIL PIPE! — other materials include aerated concrete blocks, structurally insulated panels (SIPs) and Kalwall, a translucent wall panel.

    Venable Center
    Framing … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: February 4th, 2014
  • Yoga and Welding



    Venable Center | Stephenville

    Having received a green light on our design, construction is now under way at Venable Center. This project, located on Jane Hickie’s private ranch near Stephenville, involves transforming a 1901 schoolhouse and 1951 parish hall into a community gathering place for weddings, theatrical and musical performances, banquets and other special occasions. Hickie, who directed the Office of State-Federal Relations under the late Gov. Ann Richards, enlisted Design Build Adventure to restore the buildings to their former glory, while updating them with audio-visual support, … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: December 9th, 2013

  • The Long Time and the Mean Time.

    January 2013.

    instagram: #designbuildadventure

    team: @designbuildadventure, @nefarious_wayfarer, @dandyerband, @jrosinbaum, @adolfm14, @jaimelovell, and philip

    camp design build adventure article in design bureau magazine. bike shed and steel planter are mark word designs.

    photos by adolfo moreno (mostly)… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: February 1st, 2013

  • Been a hell of a month.  We have a number of exciting things going on at Design Build Adventure.  Starting with the Fun Fun Fun Festival “Chill Zones”, the East Side Studio Tour where Jack unveiled the “tortilla moon” series as a part of his celestial “black hole”, and “blue star” works, the steel columns and saddles at the Thoughtbarn designed Santa Anna residence of “productivity and delight”, the  Cedar fence, Cedar Gate, Cedar Retaining Wall, and as usual a number of Studio A designed steel furniture pieces (under construction).  … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: December 1st, 2012

  • Some of the stuff that we have been designing and fabricating these last few weeks at Design Build Adventure:  Garden Street bathroom shelves and vanity, custom baby room furniture and shelves, finishing the storage shed and outdoor shower, and more!

    We are proud supporters or American Made HELM Boots and were lucky to participate and be showcased in their “Hard Work” Videos by the talented Ryan Scheer.  Watch it  here.

    Curious about the BIKE HUB in Portland.  Read about PNCA / OCAC Design Build 2012  here.

    Stay tuned, we … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: October 22nd, 2012


    Jack Sanders and Butch Anthony were in Portland again this August, as “Visiting Artists” at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft joint program –  MFA in Applied Craft.  Program Director JP Reuer and 17 extremely talented artists worked directly with Butch and Jack, and several local non-profits to design and build a “community bicycle hub” in just 15 days.  The “hub” will be a place for volunteers to teach people basic bicycle repair and other bicycle related programming.   The design and … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: September 6th, 2012


    Tomorrow Jack is lucky to head to Portland, Oregon again and work with the talented bunch of students at the PNCA OCAC (MFA Applied Craft and Design). The MFA students, neighborhood residents, with Jack and Butch Anthony will build a small bike repair shop / community hub in a bike skills park in N. Portland.

    The rest of the Design Build Adventure team will remain under the blue tarp at the studio cranking out steel and wood furniture for Austin’s new Studio A, and some handsome hanging … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 18th, 2012

  • What a pleasure to design and build something that was (before design and construction) named the ‘garden shed of delight and productivity’.  For friends who have already proven up to the challenge of producing and delighting (via BBQs, an amazing garden, the restored native prairie area, cedar boardwalk, and even their couch) so much in their beautiful East Austin home (all on less than an acre).  The 100 degree heat nor the 45 degree incline would not keep us from finishing this project.  The shed is constructed of recycled oil … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: July 6th, 2012

  • Before these East Austin friends start work on their THOUGHTBARN designed home, they commissioned the Design Build Adventure team to come and hang a garden shed off the hill at the back of their property. Next to the chicken coop, bountiful garden, and even the prairie land restoration project, we had plenty of inspiration to start the project (and creative freedom). “Do your thing” was essentially the charge, as long as the finished shed could perform it’s functional responsibilities.

    DBA designer Adrian Larriva developed the basic design, and took the … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: June 12th, 2012

  • My annual pilgrimage to the Butch Anthony’s Doonanny in Seale, Alabama is one of the most important events of my “art year”.  For the ninth years running, I have gathered with a group of people in the woods of wonder to help grow this beautiful little micro-festival.  This year I was able to call on some Camp Design Build Adventure alumnus, Dan Dyer and Liz Gutierrez (and her partner David) to continue the development of the TEXAS CAMP at the Doonanny.   I packed some basic plumbing supplies, my two top … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 24th, 2012
  • April Flash

  • April Flash!

    The Scoular Picking Porch (Revisited) during the Funky Chicken Coop Tour, Sixteen Foot Trellis’ for Mark Word Landscape Design in Georgetown (in progress), the Kittrell’s East Austin Granny Flat (in progress) (Reid Faist Construction), the Umlauf Garden Party “pot” donation (made from paint grip scraps), the mock up for a something awesome (with sticks) (more later) , and a site visit to the River House (Spring Branch, Texas) .    Keeping Busy.

    Design Build Adventure Team:  Philip Burkhardt, Greg  Tenenbown, Adrian Larriva, Taylor Tehan and Jack Sanders.… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 24th, 2012


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