Making progress - meeting with our excellent HUD consultant and friend. As part of our loan, the consultant reviews all progress, and makes the drawdown request from the bank. The funds are then paid to the contractor. Check out that view!
So much is happening, the entire rear of the home has been ripped away, and the builders are framing very quickly.
We had salvaged many french doors and windows from an amazing property in Malibu, and have been working to incorporate them into the plan. It’s tricky as the walls must have strength to hold the roof up and resist stress side to side (shear). There are specific wall types called shear walls that must be a percentage of any wall, it cannot just be all glass, or it would simply collapse. Our engineer is looking at the doors and windows and re-evaluating. Very exciting.
Foundation update! The rear of the home is making progress with a new foundation. Supplies and lumber are everywhere!
Fantastic progress on the first day of our renovation. As you can see, the men have dismantled the entire deck and are digging out a trench for the new foundation. The entire rear of the home will be extended out to meet the trench, and the deck reconstructed at the rear of the home. Exciting!
Great idea to jigsaw a ‘nick’ into the arm of a wooden deck chair - we’ve been shopping for adirondack chairs and this little touch will make a world of difference.
Our plans! What a huge relief it is to have our approved plans in hand. Now that the city has approved the plans for the home renovation, we have scheduled a start date with the contractor, and he will begin the demolition of the rear wall of the home, and frame up the addition on February 17th. Electrical, plumbing, roofing and the new bathrooms will follow.
Shopping. So much fun. Hardwood floor samples and a firepit!
We are finally ready to build. Our contractor has told us he will begin on February 6th. What a long road and likely some more bumps along the way. Stay tuned!
New items coming in for our renovation include these high tech Nest thermostat and Protect smoke detector.
Exposed ceilings, creating a dichotomy of rustic and modern.
Thinking of grills on a hot summer day like this… This is a Lion 32 inch gas grill with fridge and side burner. Love the built in design and the stone.
Great looking kitchen, featuring a nice a chalkboard fridge!