When I had my bachelor pad, I had a fancy closet system installed. It wasn’t cheap and I wasn’t that impressed with the quality of construction and the value. So this time around, we opted instead to just have our carpenters fabricate much simpler closets out of MDF, which will then be painted. Here isRead more about Closets[…]
We put in a pretty massive wall between us and our neighbors – at least, that is what it looks like from our side. Because we remove some soil so that our back yard would be walk-out level from the back of our house, we now have a grade change between the two properties. HereRead more about The wall[…]
Now that the basement floor is finished, and the painters painted the mechanical room in the basement, the HVAC team can finally install the rest of the HVAC. Most of the work for this is in the mechanical room. The only place outside the mechanical room we have visible ducting is the exercise room. WeRead more about HVAC completion[…]
The stone fabricators installed their first countertop last week. As you can see, the cabinet painters are getting preparing to paint the cabinets, which will start next week, after the holiday.
The tile setters have been working on the bathroom tile for a week now, with two bathrooms almost done. Quite a bit of work remains – master bath, guest bath, power room, but this is some nice progress.
I’ve spent the better part of 30 years in Santa Barbara, since I moved here to go to college. The lifestyle (casual, laid back, outdoorsy, friendly) and the climate make it a great place to live. Take a look at this view from the top of the courthouse tower in downtown Santa Barbara. We gotRead more about The Santa Barbara lifestyle[…]
We decided that we liked the idea of polished concrete in our basement rather than laying down flooring – wood, carpet, tile, etc – and it is a lot cheaper, coming in at $2 / sq ft versus $5-7 for carpet and around $14 for wood. As we near the end of the project, weRead more about Basement floor polishing[…]
Our old house was on the eastern side of our lot, and the driveway entrance on the western side. With the new house, and the local solar access ordinance, we could not build a two-story structure on the eastern (really north-eastern) side as it would block some of the sun from our neighbors lot, whichRead more about Curb, gutter, and sidewalk[…]
We wanted our exterior surfaces to be as low maintenance as possible. In the house I owned when Lisa and I met, there was about 1800 square feet of redwood deck. Every year, I had to power wash, sand, and re-stain the deck to keep it looking nice. It took several days to get itRead more about Blue stone decks and porches[…]
It’s been about 2 1/2 weeks since the last updates, but it feels like much longer. The freeway to / from the south of us finally opened after the mudslides, and work can once again proceed as normal. Now that things are once again moving, we are making a concerted effort to shore up theRead more about Project update 2/3/18[…]