Blow By Blow account of a Housing Addition

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Postby JerichoHill » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:52 am

2 drink max on the deck
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Postby pf101 » Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:01 am

JerichoHill wrote:2 drink max on the deck


Better not invite Dave C or Darren! :-D

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Postby JerichoHill » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:10 am

I think Dave C would bounce.

Well howdy folks! We didn't do much on the house this week because this weekend we had two goals : go to a wedding and have a blast, and write up our wedding invitations.

Aside: When preparing wedding invites, remember that you have to have stamps for the INNER envelopes. D'oh~!

Let me cover what occured in the house this past week

1) The electrician has come in and paid a visit on our first floor, and appears to have finished work there. He's still got the basement and 2nd floor to go.
2) The plumbers came in and ran our water lines. This means that over the 5 day holiday break this week, we can install radiant floor heating.
3) Some more windows got installed. We bought all our faucets, outside lights, and inside lights.

This week, aside from installing radiant floor heating(which I will describe the process of later on), we're
a) going to take up the hardwood in the dining room. Since we didnt have whole coverage of the floor, its actually cheaper to remove the hardwood and lay a whole new floor there than doing patchwork.
b) cleanup the worksite
c) purchase bath vanities
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Postby JerichoHill » Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:34 am

I dislike the property manager for the neighbors.

To rewind, we went through all sorts of hell to get a right of access so we can build on the property line. Basically, the property manager lied to the owners that our initial footer design would impede them from doing an addition (we had an architect draw a footer that could be used for both properties). This was a long debate which soured me greatly on this individual.

We now have a bill for 800 dollars to fix flood damage that the property manager claims we caused because the drain was blocked, as this has "never happened before"

Never? I guess that's why we change the pipes underneath and water proofed our party wall since its flooded 4 times since I started dating Julie, always coming from their side.

So this will be a headache dealing with this lady. Good thing we are good friends with the previous tenant, who left because her maintenance concerns (see: flooding) were never addressed by said property manager.

This is an example of someone trying to pass the buck onto someone else to cover their slack. It's especially unwise to pull this type of sheneganin on someone who's worked in law (DOJ) for the last 4 years.
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Postby JerichoHill » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:37 am

Old tenant and across the street neighbor verify what we knew about the flooding. We will be composing our response this week. Additionally, after our addition goes up I will be filing a BBB complaint on said property manager.

Over the 4th Weekend, I removed the old linoleum from the basement, using an expensive asbestos-proof mask I got at home depot. Wear a mask when removing old stuff, you don't know what's there.

We also wired the house for internet and cable and phone, which is good to do when the electrician has finished wiring up his stuff.

Then we continued on the fence construction. This week alot happens.

We'll see. 1.5 months away from completion.
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Postby pf101 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:56 am

JerichoHill wrote:I think Dave C would bounce.

Well howdy folks! We didn't do much on the house this week because this weekend we had two goals : go to a wedding and have a blast, and write up our wedding invitations.


Saw the wedding pics. Looks like a good time was had by all. Sorry I missed it but I just couldn't justify the $600 ticket. :-(

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Postby JerichoHill » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:05 am

We now have all brand-new vinyl windows everywhere! Woohoo! for energy efficiency.

Julie spent time removing nails from the ceiling so we can have work done on that.

Basically, the carpenters are coming back to put the deck up.
The electrician is finishing his work.
Then we get an inspection on the framing/wiring

Then we install insulation

Then an inspector checks the insulation

Then drywall is put up and its off to filling the home up (and painting) (and trim)
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Postby JerichoHill » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:32 am

Apologies for the complete lack of an update.

Drywall and close-in occurs this week

There's alot to post, hopefully I have time tonight to do it!
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Postby JerichoHill » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:06 am

Havent been able to update much due to the house and wedding stuff going on.

We're very close to being done. I will say this: When you do your addition do it during the fall-winter months and when you are not in a rush. Makes it complicated.

We will be done with painting this weekend, and should have trim, tile installed also. Then we have to get the wood floors refinished and we can move in.

We'll likely be 95% done, and the house liveable, before our wedding. Joy!
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Postby JerichoHill » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:14 am

well, we were not done before the wedding, but news to come, maybe even in a guest post
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Postby pf101 » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:25 am

Shouldn't you be on a honeymoon or something?!? I'm back in a few weeks, love to see you guys. Tell P to check her evites...


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