Monthly Archives: April 2007

Our First Major Fiscal Mistake

I’ve kind of been debating on whether or not to write this post. I don’t want to come across as some rich jerk that screwed up. Nor do I want this to be interpreted as a ‘woe is me, we have no money’ (especially by our friends and family) type of post. Since one of my goals with this blog was to help people out in doing similar projects, I opted to write. First off, especially for family & friends, we aren’t broke or destitute.  Yet.

What we are finding, though, is that here at the end of the project there are a ton of things that we need to purchase for the house that were not included in the original bid. I’d say that these purchases fall into two categories. First are things for the house that are needed that weren’t included in the bid. This would be, in our case, lighting, knobs & pulls, and landscaping. The second category are things that we want for the house, but aren’t necessarily required to build it. Furniture, alarm and other asides fall into this boat. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you?

Thus far, we’ve been able to put most of our purchases on our loan. It’s like playing with the houses money. You know when you have a pocket full of chips and it is really simple to keep playing.  The problem that we have is that we’ve left the casino and are trying to buy a couple of t-shirts and the store doesn’t take chips.   They want cash (or at least a check), so we are back to the casino to cash in our chips.  What is really amazing, is how few of these shops take credit cards, too.  So much for free airline ticket.

If you’re working on a project like this, take this as a word of caution.  As you get down to the end, be prepared for unplanned for expenses to rear their ugly heads.



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“The waiting is the hardest part” – Tom Petty – The Waiting

Dude, he wasn’t kidding.  I feel like a kid during the first week December when he knows Santa is bringing a new bike.  I knew that the finish work took a long time, but the thing that I didn’t realize was how invisible it is to the naked eye.  Holly assures me that there is always a crew at the house, but when I go by, it seems like minimal progress has been made.

I have pictures to upload at some point, but have been kind of lazy.  The yard is torn up now and being prepped for landscaping.  Stone started to go on the outside of the house.  We had some real problems with our stone.  The exact stone that we wanted wasn’t available, so rather than waiting a couple of weeks, we acquiesced and picked something close.  Painting is done on the interior, but a ton of touch-ups need to be made.  For example, there was a lot of over spray in our laundry room, so that whole room will need a new coat of paint.   I suppose that now that major painting is finished, tile can go in the back splash and flooring can begin.  If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, you know that I have no idea what I’m talking about.  If I were to build a house, it would fall down immediately.

I’ll try to get pictures soon.

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Top 5 Greatest Phrases Ever

Up there with “You may kiss the bride” & “Congratulations, it’s a boy / girl”, “Go ahead and give the apartment complex your 30 day notice” has to be one of the greatest phrases ever uttered to us.

It is like the 8th month of pregnancy has arrived.  We know that something cool is coming in a month, we don’t know the exact date and we probably aren’t as ready for it as we think that we are.  Never the less, we are really excited.

As everyone has told us, the last month, all of the detail work, will seem to take the longest.  I don’t know if it is necessarily taking longer or if it is simply the anticipation of being able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  We are so close, but when I look into a big empty room, it is hard to tell if 30 days is a pipe dream or not.  There is still so much to do and now the clock is ticking.

Craig has said that we can sleep in his guest room if we aren’t done.


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The Chronicle of Schnaarnia

The San Francisco Chronicle did an excellent article this weekend about house bloggers and featured yours truly.

Sadly, we were out of town for the weekend and I wasn’t able to get a post put in place for new visitors, sorry.

The whole experience was pretty cool and the people at the Chronicle were awesome to work with.


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D’oh! Wrong Color, pt. 2

We aren’t having the best luck when it comes to picking out paint samples and then envisioning the color across an entire room.   We picked a color called Blue Denim for our master bedroom and bathroom.  The little sample made it look really nice and much, much lighter than this.  This is what we ended up with.  Yuck.  We’ll have to get it changed in the next day or so.  Below is my office, we’d love it a bit lighter than this even.

Finally, it’s not orange, it’s calypso.  Our laundry room.  We felt that if you have to do something as mundane as laundry, might as well have a great color for it.


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Love Thy Neighbor

Update: All is good.

Thanks for your support and comments.


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D’oh, Wrong Color

There is not much weirder than pulling up to your house and having it be a.) A different color and b.) Not quite the right color.

This is partially our fault.  One of the things that we’ve discovered in this process is that we have some unusual neighbors.  One of whom is very particular about his house color.  It is unique, we love it and he guards the color like it was the Colonel’s  Secret Recipe.  I took a bunch of pictures of the house and tried to match it using P-Shop, but and then printed out a 4×6 sample of that color.  Unfortunately, glossy paper screws up the color matching system at Benjamen Moore and our house came out battleship gray.  It isn’t too bad, but I’m trying to keep our block from looking like a Naval Yard.

Oddly, most of our friends just loved it.  The problem is that it, and it is hard to tell in this picture, is more blue than gray.  We are planning on doing white trim with a red front door and you can see where this is going.  Star spangled Scott’s House.

Fortunately, Craig’s guy, Les, is a solid guy and he came out today and changed the color.  It is now ‘Whale Gray’ and anyone who wants it can have it.

As for the rest of the project, these guys are in hyper-drive.   Marco, Craig’s finish carpenter is a total stud (not a carpentry joke) and is blazing through getting the trim up.  He has cased all of the windows and doors.  They poured our driveway, much to our crazy neighbors dismay (more on her in a future post), and they are progressing really quickly.  We can’t wait until they paint the inside.


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