Wow, it feels like it has been ages since I’ve posted here. Actually, it has been. Almost a year.
Well, I haven’t exactly been resting on my laurels. When I last posted, we were about 2 weeks from moving in to our house, Holly was going through surgery and I was at my wits end with work, manging the project and having a wife in really bad shape. Keeping this site up wasn’t exactly a top priority.
Since then, Holly has gotten better (almost back to 100%) & we’ve been enjoying our house. It has really been awesome and we regularly look around and can’t believe that it is ours.
I’ve been wanting to do a post summarizing everything that we learned through the project. It turns out, when I started writing it, that we learned a lot. 41 pages to be exact. So rather than putting it into a single post or a bunch of posts, I’ve done something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, write an ebook.
Building Castles is the entire story of remodel project. How we picked a contractor, an architect, how we financed it, how we picked things out, how we kept everything on track so that we were able to move in early and almost on budget.
Check out the site. If you are working on designing your house, I think that you will get a lot out of it.
First, this page should be called Scott & Holly's house, but since she is a neo-luddite and that URL would take forever to enter, I opted for a semi-simpler title. This really is our house and she is making the majority of the decisions on this project.
Now, this project, Holly & I purchased our house in the Bay Area about 5 years ago. It was the classic we took the dog for a walk, stopped in at an open house and made a bid that afternoon story. We love the street, we love our neighbors, she loves the house (I hate it), but it was one of those worst house on the best block scenarios so we jumped at the chance to buy it. We've known all along that we would be doing a remodel, we just weren't sure to what extent or when we would be able to pull it off.
The house is a very original 1940's 2 bedroom, one bath house. A whopping 1,039 square feet. Not exactly a palace, but good enough. It was great for the old lady that lived there before us (original owner), but not so hot for a young family with 2 kids that are growing like weeds. We could certainly make it work if we needed to, but the roof, bathroom, kitchen, & floors need to be replaced. While we are in there, we might as well.
Over the past 5 years we have been able to formulate what we want to do and how much we can afford. Money being no object, I'd have a big house on the beach in Hawaii. Money being an object, we are going to get a nice remodel in San Jose.
I've wanted to document the project in more or less real time since we started to talk about this, but since we have only being doing napkin sketches, I haven't done anything yet. My goal with this blog is to provide help to people who are thinking about doing a project like this. Hopefully you can get some ideas from us and learn from our mistakes.