- Wednesday, 1 May --- Video:
- the backsplash is up in the kitchen, and the passthrough
was finished. There was just a bit too little granite to
do the backsplash, so there's about 1/8'' of filler on
- the microwave is in
- almost all of the doors have been hung, and the hardware
is on the swing doors (not the pockets)
- the children's closet doors are hung. We've been told they
will be painted correctly when the other touchups are done.
- the pathway in front of the house is about 1/2 tiled
- the downstairs bathroom is almost done save the shower
- the garage has been painted. It's semi-finished. The
walls are drywall & taped, and it's painted, but
there wasn't any texture & the tape lines are visible.
- Thursday, 2 May --- Video:
- Friday, 3 May --- Video:
- Saturday, 4 May --- Video:
- Sunday, 5 May --- Video:
- Monday, 6 May --- Video:
- Tuesday, 7 May --- Video:
- Wednesday, 8 May --- Video:
Talked with Michele at
PG&E yesterday. I was rather
disheartened to discover we will probably not have electricity
when we move into the house. Apparently some paperwork was lost
between her office and the city and no one discovered it until
it was too late. Something that was supposed to take four weeks
now looks like it will take eight - ten. Our gas should be
hooked up the week of the 20th, but the electricity isn't
scheduled until the 31st. Since we're moving in the week of the
27th, that leaves a few days to wonder about. At least we'll
have hot water.
Met with Bob and
Dave yesterday to go over the
bill & a few other details. It looks like we're at about
10% over budget. Considering the extra cabinets and the
appliances (which were about 200% over) I think we're doing pretty
Bob also said he'd see what we can do about electricity. We
have a porta-potty with electric on the lot now for the
construction, I figure at worst we can run a few extension
cords off of it.
In other news:
- bath & shower enclosures -- Our shower is going to be
pure glass, with one of the heavy self-closing doors; the
children's bath is going to be shower curtain only; the
downstairs shower will have a sliding door.
- master deck rail -- the deck rail has finally been chosen.
The best description we've come up with is pregnant-lady. Instead
of straight bars, the bars are straight at the top and bow out
a bit in the middle.
- The plumber installed all of the toilets.
- The entrance tiles are set, as is the downstairs bath and the
trim around the fireplace.
- It looks like we're going to have a mantle built for the
- The painter is working on touching up the inside.
- We're going to get a quote for doing the front lawn.
So, next week the wood floors will be done and the appliances
installed. The following week the carpet will go in, and that
weekend we will start moving in. Finally!
- Thursday, 9 May --- Video:
- Friday, 10 May --- Video:
- Saturday, 11 May --- Video:
- Sunday, 12 May --- Video:
We're in the home stretch. This weekend we started moving stuff
into the garage. Obviously we cannot move anything into the house
yet, but we did get the contents of our garage, attic and many
of the non-essentials moved into a pile in the middle of the
new garage. We want to try to be completely out of our house
by Tuesday, 28 May. Since the house won't be finished until
Friday, 24 May and we're busy the following Saturday, that
gives us only two days to move. The plan is to have as much
as possible already in the garage before that weekend. Then
Lynn & anyone else she recruits can clean cabinets &
put away what's already there while I move the remaining few
bits. We'll see.
- Monday, 13 May --- Video:
- Tuesday, 14 May --- Video:
- Wednesday, 15 May --- Video:
- Thursday, 16 May --- Video:
- Friday, 17 May --- Video:
- Things are moving along. The stain and first finish coat
were applied to the wood so we won't be walking upstairs for
- Saturday, 18 May --- Video:
- Sunday, 19 May --- Video:
- Monday, 20 May --- Video:
- A few more interesting things have happened since I last updated
this page. Here goes:
- Saturday was the moving sale. We managed to sell our bed,
dining room set, all four rabbit cages, both hamster
cages, the children's beds, our answering machine, and
just about everything else we wanted to be rid of. The
weather was great! We were up at 5:30a.m. to start getting
everything ready, and by 5:45 someone was already cruising
by looking at what we had out. This was a three-family
affair and took until almost 9:00a.m. to get everything
into the front. Sales were brisk & constant. My plan
was to put one of the children's beds out first and move
the second, identical one out when the first one sold. The
first one sold as I was bringing it out of the house!
Our bedroom set also sold (actually, it sold the night
before) but we're allowed to keep it this week. Our new set
is being delivered to the new house on Friday.
Lynn managed to sell an old, wood planter that was falling
apart which really amazed me.
We also sold our Lucent telephone/answering machine. It
works fine, but had an audible ``beep'' when there were
messages that refused to turn off even when set to off.
At the end of the day, around 4:00, we were busily packing
what little remained into a truck to go first to the GoodWill,
then to the dump. Someone jogged past & looked at the
dining room set that hadn't sold yet. I didn't even haggle,
just yelled ``half price & it's yours,'' because I really
didn't want to have to move it back into the house. It was
six large, heavy wood chairs with an even larger, heavier
wood table, two leaves, and some mats. He took it!
Someone we know has been wanting to give us some topsoil
that he had leftover from some work he was doing. Well,
unbeknownst to us, he picked Saturday to do it. The movie
shows him with his truck & BobCat delivering &
pushing dirt around. Big thanks to
Greg for all of this! Also, he hauled away all of
the construction garbage that was sitting in the front.
- Sunday Lynn was going to head over to San Jose to look for
a few remaining lights and knobs. Alas, a friend called to
let us know Highway 17 was a parking lot courtesy of some
accident. Two drops of rain had fallen from the sky, so
it wasn't really any surprise that the highway closed. So,
we spent an hour or so picking out some more lights:
children's bath (the required fluorescent fixture), office,
and the six outside lights. Before heading out we walked
through the new house & closed all the windows. Yes,
we walked on the hardwood floor but in our socks so hopefully
we didn't do any damage. At least, not as much as the rain
would have done coming through all of the windows. Alas,
we managed to forget one light -- our closet.
We also got our two doorbells. The one by the bedrooms
is a plain, boring old buzzer, but we want the one in
the stairwell to be something spectacular. We couldn't
find what we want, so Lynn got one that plays 48 tunes
and is programmable! I can just see our children ringing
the doorbell hundreds of times/day now. Thanks Lynn.
- Now we're caught up to Monday! The outside of the house
was supposed to be painted today but, alas, since it's been
raining they cannot paint. Oh well, the storm is supposed
to pass so maybe we'll have it done Wednesday.
I got a call from Dave:
So, I grab the paperwork & head out to the
PG&E office to talk
with Michelle. I got
there & asked for her. When the receptionist went to get
her there was a very audible ``Ugh!!'' She came
out & let me know that Bob
had already called her about 20 times that morning, and
things weren't quite as dire as predicted: there would be
a three-man crew at our house for three days starting
Wednesday which should have everything ready to be hooked-up
by Friday and, if we've the necessary sign-off from the
city we would indeed get gas & electric. Hooray!
- I sent someone out to cleanup the trash and he said
there is none, I said of course there is I saw it on Friday,
so I came out & sure enough it's gone and there's a big
pile of dirt here! Any idea what happened? I explained
what Greg had done.
- Bad news, PG&E
won't be here until next week. This is bad. Everyone
knows we're moving in this weekend. Argh!
- Tuesday, 21 May --- Video:
- Another flurry of activity today as everyone is trying to finish
all of the details. The appliances were set today as well as
the tile on the master bedroom deck & the finish work on
the main deck.
- Wednesday, 22 May --- Video:
- We went to the house around 8:45 to prepare to meet with the
landscaper. While walking through the house I noticed another
missing light in the office. Damn. Luckily the people at
know us really well now. We also saw
Aaron and talked about a few
details. We were assured that when all of the dust settles they'll
still be around to correct anything else we find.
Lynn had to be off, so I met with
Gino to discuss the landscaping. He's going to put
together a bid & let us know next week. I liked his ideas.
He also pointed out that by the time anyone gets around to
landscaping, they've run out of money. We're no exception there!
The rail to the main deck and on the master bedroom's
deck have been installed. They look really good!
- Thursday, 23 May --- Video:
Things continue to be busy. It's almost like they want to finish
up or something. It's only 11:30, so I'm sure there'll be more
to add, but here's what's happened thus far:
- Our refrigerator has been delivered! It's a sub-zero and even
though we got a mid-sized, it's big. Now they're wondering
how to get it upstairs. Aaron
suggested a crane & I really think he's probably right.
- I thought I noticed something odd on Tuesday, and it appears
I was correct. There was no 220V outlet installed behind out
oven. Since our oven is a dual-fuel (cooktop is gas, oven
is electric) we need the 220. As we speak an electrician is
climbing in the attic trying to fish the necessary wires
- The carpet's going in, but unfortunately there was a small
miscommunication -- we needed the upstairs done first because
tomorrow all of the bedroom furniture arrives. The downstairs
is being done first. Oops #2.
- OK, this isn't really directly related to the house, but I've
yet more evidence that owning a Porche is directly related to
a lower IQ: LaVeaga Road (to the left if you're looking at
our house) is a narrow, one way road coming toward the camera.
Since PG&E had to tear
it up to run our gas & electric, it had to be closed. On
the far side (about 200 yards in front of the camera) the
road is blocked with three signs: road work, not a through
street, and road closed. This didn't stop a Porche driving
around the signs, being blocked by the large trucks in the
road, and yelling at the crew that they needed to move their
trucks to he could pass by (also ignoring the open
2' trench going across the road).
- Friday, 24 May --- Video:
- Still going. We will not get our occupancy permit until
the shower surrounds are installed (have to make sure we're using
tempered glass & all) and the fences on the retaining walls
are complete. We didn't even get the permit for these until
Remember the carpet being installed downstairs first? Well,
sure enough the furniture was delivered around noon &
the bedrooms weren't ready for it yet. Bummer. It's sitting
in the garage waiting for us.
Finally, the phone. Oops. Phone service was severed at
our existing house & started at the new house today, but
I've not yet attached the wires at the new house. No
phone for a day.
- Saturday, 25 May --- Video:
- Head over to the house & attach the phones. I thought I was
being really clever & labeled each wire in the
garage (20 bundles of 4 wires). I also labeled each box
in each room. The painters or texturers or someone managed
to munge the labels inside the boxes, but left the labels in the
garage mostly untouched. Not a big problem, but in any room with
more than one box I need to guess which wires go to which box
(for example, our bedroom wires are marked ``Master 1,'' ``Master
2,'' and ``Master 3'' but without labels in the bedroom I don't
know what goes where). The phone hookup went mostly without
any problems. Of course, I was looking for the bundle marked
``Kitchen'' and couldn't find it because I marked it
``Phone'' instead. Oh well.
Lynn & I got to move the bedroom furniture upstairs.
Damn it's heavy! But, we got it upstairs & assembled.
The rest of the day we're over in San Jose at AMT's
Damn Yankee's. Kind of lull before the storm of moving
which begins tomorrow.
The carpet guy showed up to finish the stairs just
as we were leaving.
- Sunday, 26 May --- Video:
- The day starts at 5:00 a.m.! Lynn is a bit anxious to get going.
The plan is: Lynn starts unpacking & I'm responsible to get
everything to the new house. Good plan as we stay out of each
others' way. Lynn has been packing for a few months. Picking
up each piece, one at a time, deciding if it should stay or go,
carefully marking each box. That pretty much went to hell this
morning when I walked into a room where she had a box in one
hand while the other hand scooped an entire shelf of stuff
Mandy & Michelle arrive around 10:00a.m.,
so now we can use both the
truck & the van. We try to unload everything into its
new place. If its new place is not evident, it goes into
the family room downstairs. Again, so far so good. One of the
first boxes we move belongs to the family that's moving into
our old place. Oops.
Dave & Wayne arrive around noon giving us one more van.
The more the merrier. Tim showed up briefly and was put to
work. This was a bad day to visit unless you wanted to carry
Laura & Jim arrived sometime in the middle of the
afternoon, which gave us yet another truck for a total of
two trucks & two vans. Things were really moving.
The Piano mover never showed up Friday, so we thought,
``Hell, how hard could it be?'' Um, piano's are heavy!
Our original plan had the piano upstairs. We navigated both
stairways with various things to prove to ourselves that it
would fit, went to the old house, lifted the piano. Hurt
ourselves. Everyone involved reflected on the situation
& agreed that the piano really looks good downstairs
in the family room.
The rest was just more moving, but by mid afternoon our
spunk was starting to drag. The system was a good one though
-- cold beer after each delivery. Almost everything was moved
by the time the day ended (around 5:30). The night ended with
our first BBQ at the new house. The deck is covered with
paper for the painters, so we decided that may not be a good
place to setup.
Finally, after everyone left I returned to the old house
to take a much needed shower & gather up the cats.
- Monday, 27 May --- Video:
- It's memorial day. Notice all of the people working! The fence
project has begun. This has to be one of the most difficult
processes anyone has ever gone through. I'll have to write
up a page dedicated to it. The fence is bolted to the side
of the retaining walls & made with a 4x6 every 5'. It's
not going anywhere. I continue to bring things over.
- Tuesday, 28 May --- Video:
- More moving & unpacking. Lynn & I both have the week off,
and since the kids are in school we thought a lot should get done.
We have electricity, but no gas so no hot water. Luckily the
kids have swim lessons on Monday & Wednesday so that gives
us at least two hot showers a week. We also continue to shower
at the old house though that will probably end today since
Chuck, Lynn & Evan are already moved in.
The pool table movers came over & moved the pool table
today. At least they're reliable. Still no word from the piano
- Wednesday, 29 May --- Video:
- Need tunes, so I hooked up the stereo today. More moving.
The garage is almost completely moved (finally)!).
Julianna from city planning was out today. In addition
to the south & east fences, we now also need the north
fence complete before our occupancy permit will be issued. Also,
the east fence must be extended about 12'.
Yes folks, we broke ground one year ago today!
Even without hot water, we really needed to do
some laundry so I put clothes and soap into the machine
& turned it on. Odd, I thought, that I couldn't hear
any water going into it. I turn it off & lo' & behold
there is none (but now the soap is well mixed in). Someone
plugged it in without finishing the plumbing!
Steve came over today
& I implored him to hookup the dishwasher &
wash machine which he did in no time.
to level the wash machine and do something to re-set the
dishwasher because it was at a weird angle.
Something I've got to say about out appliances -- they
are quiet. I had to turn off the wash machine &
open it to convince myself it was actually running!
- Thursday, 30 May --- Video:
- Friday, 31 May --- Video:
- Don't know if I've said this enough: more moving! The house
has been very active though, with
Aaron and his crew working really hard to get the fences
in place, Ernie taking care
of all of the details like the locks & leveling the
appliances, and Andy and
Jeff working on getting
the outside painting complete.
At some point this week the fire department came out
to inspect our sprinkler system and it passed.