Over and Done

The house has a new owner and this blog is now complete.

Come on over to our new blog, MyBetterHouse, which will help you plan for, buy and design your house.  Visit and tell us what you’d like to see in the blog.  We’ll discuss Planning and Building Department foibles, things to watch out for, what to focus on and weird stories from our 20 plus years in the home design business.

http://mybetterhouse.wordpress.com     We’ll see you there!

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Its been a long time…

We are FINALLY having our open house for clients, subcontractors, friends and family on Sunday, March 22 from 1-4pm. We’ve staged the house and I just have a few tweaks left to do to it. The landscaping should be finished on Tuesday…then I place the house on MLS and our first ‘Broker Tour’ might be on Thursday – it will be the one specifically for Willow Glen agents. I’m an official Realtor now! I have the pin and certificate to prove it! Now for the scary part…selling the house. Today we discovered another, ANOTHER!!! house on Franquette is “coming soon’. That will make 4, for heaven’s sake! And that doesn’t count the one that’s still being worked on but looks close to being done… The other 3 are at the crowded end of the street where there are lots of cars parked on the street all the time because of the businesses at that end. I think the employees must park down Franquette. We’re closer to the middle of the street so we don’t get cramped like that.

Anyway, we’ll have pix pretty soon!

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gravel, appliances and fireplace

fireplace detail

fireplace detail

microwave and oven
microwave and oven
installing the stove

installing the stove

dumping gravel
dumping gravel
moving gravel

moving gravel

 

dumping more gravel

dumping more gravel

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Applicance installation and gravel del’y

Murphy’s Law must govern my life! Not big things going wrong, although there was the potential for something big.

The appliance guys come and start working and right off they notice that the oven isn’t gonna fit in the cabinet. This cabinet was ordered based on the spec of the oven so…WHAT?!?!? Anyway, problem averted by the appliance guys, G.A. Installations, offering to fix it, not free, I wouldn’t have expected it to be free. Thank God the opening was too small and not too big. I told the guy to make sure he measured twice and cut once! Then they go install the downdraft stove and the vent for it (in the floor) is about 6 inches too far…not fixable but not a showstopper, either. The mechanical guys will come back and create a vent in the correct location. THEN, the plumber switched the hot and cold valves under the sink so the dishwasher has to be connected to the cold water, for testing. Mr. Plumber will be coming back anyway to put in the fridge water line, which we forgot about, so its not a big problem. >whew<

The gravel underlayment for the pavers were delivered today…big truck, little street but the driver can really thread a needle. Definitely, I think that guys really love having to do ANYthing involving a bobcat! They are digging up dirt, putting the dirt in a pile, then putting the pile of dirt in a trailer and then spreading the gravel around. The landscaper was by and his guys were marking off where the pipes were going to be laid. Lots of coordination! I am very glad that we hired two companies that are very used to working together. We don’t have to be the go-betweens.

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Asphalt removal

Biiiig truck

Biiiig truck

tireless bobcat

tireless bobcat

makes me wanna learn to drive one!

makes me wanna learn to drive one!

scraping away the old stuff

scraping away the old stuff

piles of dirt everywhere (again!)

piles of dirt everywhere (again!)

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pigtails

Did you know that garbage disposals and dishwashers don’t come with power cords? Well, now you do… Our electrician called and asked me to go get 2 ‘pigtail’ power cords – grounded plug on one end and bare wires at the other end. No trouble, just weird…

The paver installation guy, Chad Bouton of Bouton Construction, had his guys out there grading the driveway. Our plumber, John of JT Plumbing, and his guys were installing the clawfoot tub and adding the water line for the fridge. And the electrician, Louie of South Bay Electrical, was doing his last bit of stuff…so much activity today! Hard to believe we are down to the last details.

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trip to the dump…

well, recycling, really… The paver installer came yesterday with his little bobcat and was excavating all the asphalt. He called and asked when the junk in the backyard would be removed…darn it…we were hoping he could get rid of it. So Andrew and I went to the house and Andrew backed the truck down the driveway and we filled bags and boxes with styrofoam and cardboard (the little stuff that could blow away) and lots of other boxes were flattened, bits of metal scraps and plastic bags that all the products come in, took away the old front door and scraps of plywood and stuff like that. Filled the entire bed up to the roof! They take everything except appliances, electronics and liquids. I was amazed that they take everything else! Rick and I had actually argued about it…he was right and I was wrong and here it is in writing for everyone to see – write it down on your calendar cuz it don’t happen too often ;-)

Anyway, that was a relief cuz now there are but a few things to get rid of – we didn’t know whether to get rid of the old siding or not and there was a pallet we didn’t see until we’d already packed it all up. And it only cost $66.xx!! Wow…at that rate we will never get back our stupid CDDD (Construction Demolition Debris Deposit). We had to pay the City of San Jose about $3000 and then we give them receipts from our trip to the dump/recycling and we get reimbursed for our receipts. Its supposed to help people recycle vs just dumping the stuff. Since you pay to have it dumped OR you pay to have it recycled and if you recycle some money is returned to you. But there is no way will we have $3000 worth of receipts! And we recycled virtually everything! The asphalt and metal roof might make a difference, I suppose. The metal roof we gave to the roofing workers to recycle (they appreciated it!). I dunno…

Anyway, I’m glad that’s done and more landscape work will happen tomorrow. I scheduled the appliance installation guys for Tuesday and the cleaners come on Thursday and Friday to work on the inside. They can’t clean the outside until after the landscape is done so that will happen the next week. We’ll begin staging the weekend of Feb 6. We might actually be ready for sale by Valentine’s Day. We are thinking of having the open house party the following weekend. I can’t believe it!!!!!!!! wow

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