Archive for September, 2006

We have our building permit!

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

I am so happy right now… I know this will be one of the few moments of unbridled happiness during this process. So yay!

I want to eat this wood floor…

Monday, September 25th, 2006

…because it would be yummy. It is by Kahrs, a Swiss company. This photo is their White Oak engineered flooring (that means there’s layers of plywood underneath the 1/4″ of the real wood) 7 3/8″ wide (!!!), 7′ 11 1/4″ long boards (!!!), square edges all around (no “v” grooves like the usual eng. wood flooring), and the finish is a light matte acrylic-urethane. Also, the manufacturer says you can “float” the floor over the subfloor, which in our case will be plywood. That means no nailing necessary.

Okay, get ready, here it is:



10/12/06 Update:

Scott and I went to see this product in person at Austin Hardwood Flooring (nice showroom) and we did not care for it at all. It looked a bit plasticky and the wood texture did not show up as it seems to in the photos. We are going to use solid white oak flooring instead. Only question is the width, 3″ or 4″.

Cute Little Shed

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

So all along Scott and I planned the shed at the back of the lot to be this rough-and-tumble tool/shop/storage. But seeing this little shed in a magazine made me think how nice it would be to have a little studio/library/guest cottage. We’ll see how it plays out.

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Flood Plain Reviewer sucks!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I really mean it.

So a small portion, about 2ft, of the front of our lot is clipped by the 100 yr flood plain, and because of this, in order to obtain our building permit the plans have to be approved by the Flood Plain Reviewer at the City.

Last week the reviewer tells me that I have two choices, get an elevation certificate from a surveyor OR get a copy of the original subdivision map from the County Clerk’s office to prove that the lot was platted before 1983, in order for him to sign off on the application. I said, of course it was platted before then, it’s one of the oldest subdivisions in the City, but no…. he needs his piece of paper. I say, Fine, you need what you need and I will get it for you. I schlep myself down to the clerk, find the map in microfiche, get a print, scan it, stitch it together and email it to him on Friday of last week.

Then… nothing. He goes into hiding – phone calls and voicemails not answered. That’s Monday, Tuesday. This morning he leaves a voicemail saying “Hey, I got your email and messages, that plat map looks good. You were right it being platted before 1983 (note: the lot was platted in 1888) Um, the only thing is, upon closer look we are going to require that you get that elevation certificate from a surveyor.” Ha Ha. Didn’t need the map after all. Not only that, I could’ve been working on getting the survey certificate all this time!

I don’t know if any of this makes any sense but I am just very disgusted right now. I may be overreacting… I don’t know.

They might be monkeys

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

…is the name of the arborists that are trimming our two live oak trees so the house can fit under the low-lying brances. They are also aeriating the tree roots by shooting air into the ground in a 10 ft in diameter area using a compressor.

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This is the most major trimming that is being done. We are really hoping that this limb is going to make it with so much of the length cut off. Nevic (the lead arborist guy) is going to save the big trunk for us so we can use it for something in the new house or for landscaping.  Here is the guy actually in the branch ready to start his chainsaw action.

And it turns out the local celebrity Leslie is our temporary neighbor (he is housesitting next door) and came by for a little visit.

Follow up: This is later in the day when I went by the site on the way home. The front tree looked like it just got a haircut.