Monthly Archives: December 2006

The Demo is Done and the Framing Begun


It’s been a while, but due to holidays, family, end of quarter and life, I haven’t been able to post much lately. Well, the good news on the house front is that all of our demolition is finished and our framing has begun. The crew is working on the garage first in order to build a place to keep tools and such. We’ve also been doing some shopping. As I’ve mentioned countless times, in doing a project like this, it is really important that you stay way, way ahead of the curve in terms of your buying of items. Right now, we are about a month ahead of schedule in terms of what we need to purchase. It is a good thing when your contractor wants to pull the reins back a bit because you want to buy things faster than they need them. However, that being said, it is our goal to push these guys as hard as possible because we are sick of being in the apartment.

You can see in this picture that the garage is starting to be framed out.  They’ve also got the sub-floor installed.  We are pretty excited now because we can see the house forming.  I walk around the work site with a huge smile on my face.  This is the same smile that I had when Holly and I got married and when my kids were born.  It is just amazing to see this happen.


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What up?

Between shorter amounts of daylight and longer days at workI haven’t had a lot of time to update the site. The good news is that demolition is done and construction has begun. The bad news is that the rain has also started. A little bit yesterday. A lot today. Of course, it will get nice for the weekend and then rain again early to mid next week.

As for the house, the plumbing is in and so are the vents for the HVAC. Framing was supposed to start today, but like I said, it has been wet.

Everything else has been cool.

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Topless White Castles and Other Ideas that Come Up After Three Patron Shots

There hasn’t been a whole lot to report on in the past week or so.  The house is gone and the forms are poured.  I don’t know how many more pictures of a dwindling house my readers can take.  Frankly, there is very little left and Craig and crew haven’t started development on any of the new things.  There is a sizable stack of lumber in the driveway.

One thing that is really fortunate for us is that the family that is building the house immediately to the left of us in the above picture also lives in the same apartment complex with us.  They have kids who are our kids ages and they used to live down the block from us.  They are wonderful neighbors to have and they love Patron Gold Tequila.   If you were to come to my house, I’d offer you a beer, they offer tequila.  It is great, especially since they are very fun to hang around with and are both very entrepreneurial.  It enables us to come up with really hair brained schemes that will never get off the ground, but they are fun to talk about anyway.  Tonight, the one that came up was opening a topless White Castle in the Transamerica building.  We’d make millions!!!  Not that it would be a booming business or either of our wives would allow us (his wife was adamantly against it and I’d never bring the concept up to mine), but, more importantly, when living in the A-P-T, it is nice to have great neighbors to hang out with and solve the problems of the world.

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