The Cooper House

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-10-2007 10:09 AM 4344 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this house with my brother in Ohio. The house is in the Prairie Style. This was a really neat project to work on. Many of my best projects reside in this house.

This house provided me with a unique opportunity because it was designed as a shell with only the basic trim package figured. The clients wanted to walk into the house to see how the space “felt”. They were taking suggestions from everyone, how often do you run into an opportunity like that?

My brother was the lead supervisor and I was the assistant. We had many subcontractors involved, but we ran it as lead carpenters so we had a lot of hands-on work. We were very involved every step of the way.

This house turned out to be a real showpiece for all parties involved.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-10-2007 10:14 AM


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 03-10-2007 12:46 PM

I’m in commercial construction and this brings back good memories. Working on a wood framed house again. Good quality pictures you took. Can’t wait to see more. Thanks!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 03-10-2007 12:50 PM

I’m in awe.
Amazing beauty!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-10-2007 02:19 PM

Pretty cool Todd, looks like a lot of work. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 03-10-2007 02:23 PM

Very nice setting and some house.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 03-10-2007 04:07 PM

stunning work. I’ve done rock before, and my rock work didn’t look anything near as good as your wall. Great story also, I look forward to the whole blog on the project. That photo of the house by the lake is a “book” quality photo for sure. I’m impressed.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 03-10-2007 05:16 PM

Sometimes us lumberjocks just have to build a big box! Nice work Todd. I’m looking forward to the rest of the story.

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#8 posted 03-10-2007 06:20 PM

I would live in that house. I can’t wait to hear more about this project. Great job Todd.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#9 posted 03-10-2007 08:47 PM

You just keep raising the bar. Great pictures, what kind of camera do you have?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 03-11-2007 12:59 AM

I am using a Samsung V700 Digimax. It is rated at 7 megapixels, that is only on the highest quality setting. But even on the lowest quality setting, the picture file sizes were originally too big to install on the site. It is just a little point and shoot style camera, but I liked that it had manual settings for me to manipulate the photos. It also had about the widest angle lens for me to take interior shots.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 03-11-2007 06:57 AM

Sounds like a nice camera… and here I was all happy with my recent jump from 2 to 5 Megapixels.

I spent a few years in the darkroom (former life now, it seems). I could tell that either you knew your way around the camera, and/or Photoshop.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 03-17-2007 12:42 PM

That place is awesome! I’ve seen some of the work you did inside as well. Fantastic! I am in awe of your work and envious of the clients!

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#13 posted 03-17-2007 12:50 PM

you do it all

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#14 posted 04-01-2007 05:51 PM

This Lumberjock site has aquired some real high class craftsmen. I think you’re one of the best.

I’ll give you a 10+

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 04-01-2007 06:11 PM

He isn’t that good… I give him a 10

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