Archive for December, 2006

Sticks, I say, sticks!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

On Sunday we went by the site to look at the framing so far, and I gotta say, it looked pretty good! No big mistakes really, one we noticed was a double pocket door was framed as a regular double door (pocket doors usually need about twice the size opening as a swing door).

It was great to actually experience what the spaces feel like for the first time and realizing that, for the most part, we got it right. pat pat. :)
One thing that really bugged me though was that the Entry is not center aligned with anything in particular. It actually faces half-way between the hallway and the french doors. I KNEW this would bother me, but there wasn’t a readily available solution. Now that the framing is up we’re going to have to look at using some strategically placed cabinetry to redirect the entry orientation or leave it wide open so that the axis is not so pronounced.

Also the beautiful board-formed concrete retaining was was done. ummm. board form…

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Street view:

View from the future “shack” out back:

View looking up from the kitchen island towards the Entry – “Yes, can I help you?”

Our second purchase for the house

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

…is big ass hunks of old wood, white oak to be exact. We drove to Gonzales, to Discovery Architectural Antiques, looking for wood beams (to be left exposed in the covered porch roof) and possibly bathtubs. They have an amazing amount of STUFF, for instance, salvaged doors – they have 5,000 (!)

These doors, windows, siding, flooring, hardware, knobs, and yes, beams are scattered around Gonzales in several warehouses. Brad, the owner, and George were very helpful as Scott and I deliberated, “Is this too rough? too smooth? too marked? not marked enough?”

We finally chose one 9″x 9″x18 foot long white oak for the ridge beam and one 9″x9″x6 foot white oak for the outdoor fireplace mantle. They’re purrty.

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p.s. I had the best bbq ever – Black’s BBQ in Lockhart. Wow, everything was great, and I mean side dishes too. Here’s a fuzzy glimpse. I guess my hands were trembling in anticipation.

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Nothing but the kitchen sink

Friday, December 8th, 2006

I bought the kitchen sinks on-line yesterday, making it officially the first fixture purchased for the house. Boy, that was a rush. I got a great deal from Here a tip, call them up and ask for the lowest price they can do. The prices they have listed on their website are, in some cases, about 30% higher than they are willing to sell for.

Here they are. Both are Blanco Precision Series sinks, which have rectangular and crisp lines. One is a full size, 30″x17″, and the other is a bar/prep sink, 13″x18″.

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The next thing is the faucets. Blanco makes nice looking one with a side spray that we like, but it’s a bit pricey. The other option is a Hudson Reed, but it’s too small (only 5″ reach) for the main sink. I don’t know if we should get faucets that look really similar – yet are slightly different. Hmmm, I don’t like the sound of this.

Blanco Purus II ±380.00

Hudson Reed “Tec” 130.00

More slab pics

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Can’t get enough of that slab!

Artistic Slab

Family Slab

Party Slab

Pour that Slab

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, which encompassed Thanksgiving, slab pour, and slab party along with trying to issue the complete the Construction Set for framing to begin next week.

Scott’s family came out for Thanksgiving and lo and behold it was the day of the pour so they actually got to see it happening. You can’t plan these things.

Anyway, here are some highlights:

This is what we see when we pull up to the lot. I think there were like 15 guys all waiting around for the concrete truck to arrive. Larry said it would take more than 7 trucks to pour our slab.
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Did I mention that Scott was recording the beautiful sounds of concrete? The guys were bemused by this.
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Our beautiful tree.
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Scott & Larry. Larry: “What do you think?” Scott: “I’m so happy!”
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Now it is time to pick up the folks at the airport. Whaddya know, they dress alike too. “See if you dive in this way…”
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By that time we brought Kathy (Scott’s mom) Rand (her husband) back to the site they were steel troweling the slab. This will be our finish floor. Rolando from PCW in a heroic pose high atop the pump truck. Thanks for a great job!
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It truly was a magical day. :)
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