AUGUST 2004 - DO OR DIE!
We will move in this month, no matter what. At the end of August we will have owned the house
for a year and we will finally live in it. It won't be done, but it will be close enough. All we need is
a bathroom, a kitchen and three bedrooms. There will be a lot of details to finish afterward, but
at least we will be in it.
Note the dates on the photos. You'll see that we are working practically each and every day
until this is finished.
Diana vacuums up dust from around the walls. Don starts in the bedroom closet.
... as well as the dormer and master suite.
This is what happens when you spray in small spaces with no mask. The living
room, hall and kitchen now have two shades of blue. The walls are a pale greyish
blue and the hall and pantry closet outer walls are a darker version. Depending on
the lighting, it's sometimes impossible to tell the difference, which creates a very
cool 3-D effect as you move around and look from different angles.
The whole DSI team at work.
Front patios viewed from the side. The wood scaffolding below the dormer is finally
removed as the paint is finished. The plywood areas below the blue walls will be
covered with a dark brown wood veneer.
8.24.04 The bathroom tile is placed and the cabinets and sink are set in place. This
counter is only a temporary piece of stained plywood that will be replaced by a thick
hardwood slab after we move in.
Night shots of the living room and entry (with a temporary wall put up to provide
privacy to the master bedroom). We've cleared out the main living area for the
concrete cleaning and grinding guys tomorrow.
A slightly blurry night shot of the exterior. The front wall lights will have custom-
made steel sconce covers that will hide the fixtures and direct the light better. There
will also be four inground lights in the entry patio that will shoot up and reflect off
the bottom of the cantilevered entry overhang.
8.25.04 My buddy Scot comes over to help out with painting, while Rich works on
grouting the kitchen tile.
A huge generator arrives to provide power for the concrete floor guys. They bring
in a large trailer full of heavy equipment to clean and grind down the floor.
Steve spreads paint stripper on one of the old steel door frames as one of the guys
from Every Detail Concrete uses and edge grinder to clean the years of dirt, paint,
and old glue off the concrete floor.
A large shot blast machine is used to clean off the open areas of the floor. All the
machines are hooked up to a shop vac to suck up most of the dirt and debris, but
a lot of it still escapes. Diana stands in the kitchen and surveys the mess.
8.26.04 Day two of the floor prep. Now a grinder with a 200 grit diamond pad on it is
used to sand down the floor to a smoother finish.
8.27.04 Rich inserts the door shelves in the new fridge and Don uses the fridge to
hold it's very first left over pizza box!
8.29.04 Move in weekend!! Finally! The house still has a ton of things to finish,
including the kitchen cabinets, master bath, glass walls, interior doors, wood trims
and the metal ceiling, but we need to get out of our old house. So here we are;
living in a construction site!
What a mess! Boxes, junk, tools and construction materials all together. Diana is
not very happy about moving into the house in this condition, so we have Julian
remove the protective wrap around the steel V-posts to help the living room look
8.30.04 The Sacramento Bee runs a story on page 1 of the Metro section about us
and our house. The photo is of neighbor Dave Phillips telling the reporter that
I'm "certifiable" (as in crazy) for turning the old library into a house. Dave is the
same guy who looked at the entry dormer back in May and said "Bitchin, dude!"
You can read the story on SacBee.com by clicking on this line.
8.31.04 Here we are, one year to the week, after buying the house, finally living in it.
What a crazy adventure! If we had known it would have taken this long and cost
as much as it did, I doubt we would have ever done it. But, we're glad we didn't
know, because we love it and it's gonna be so incredible when the details and
landscape are finished.
Over the next week, we're so busy getting things unpacked, organized and finished
that we forget to shoot any photos. But a lot of the really unique design details that
will give the interior and exterior it's character are coming up in the next 6-8 weeks,
so the web diary will continue .
Check back soon for more...
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