Construction started about 20-Nov-97 on our remodeling job. The contractor had just dropped off the dumpster and "Biffy" when these first pictures were taken. You are invited to tune in frequently to monitor progress and offer your condolences. According to our agreement, the job was supposed to take 60 days. OK, let's start the watch and see how well he does.
|"El Nino caused my sinuses to act up"|
|The Biffy overflowed|
|"That black wire over there was still connected to Hoover Dam"|
|"The IRS is after my ass"|
|Mexican holidays are as good as an AFL/CIO strike|
|"Gee, them nails are sharp"|
|Power naps every hour|
|Alien abduction, courtesy of the INS|
|"You wouldn't have signed the deal if I told you the truth"|
|...And the #1 reason -- "MegaShit Happens!"|
|Stop the leaks... everywhere... and forever!|
|Stucco the exterior|
|Extend the Family Room|
|Move the fireplace|
|Redo the Master Bath|
|Patio behind Master Bedroom|
|Door from Master to Patio|
|Change rooflines as necessary to leak-proof|
|New carpet (partial)|
|Level the FR floor|
|20-Nov-97||We sign the contract and construction begins. Biffy & dumpster
|28-Nov-97||The dog (13yr old Paws) falls into construction hole, has massive seizure.
Narrowly avoids her LAST trip to the vet. Recovers miraculously in a week.
|6-Dec-96||El Nino hits San Diego. Front of FR is torn off. Plastic
covers FR and house leaks LESS than it use to. Idea of stopping now, leaving plastic
wrap on, and saving beaucoup bucks discussed and soundly rejected by the little woman.
|2-Jan-98||The new room starts to take shape. The view is going to be
spectacular! Vicki and I are scrambling to specify some of the details... like
cabinet layout, electrical fixture location, phone and TV wiring. Fortunately, the
weather has been good over the holidays.
|18-Jan-98||We're almost closed in. Just a few holes to patch and we're ready to go for roofing and stucco. The fireplace is mounted, the cabinets are ordered, the "pot shelf" above the fireplace and cabinetwork is framed out.|
|31-Jan-98||Had to weather several minor disasters. Almost lost a carpenter through one mishap, succeeded in pissing off the roofing crew, and almost burned the house down.... And El Nino hit with force tonight!|
|1-Mar-98||Water testing the house has been no problem the last couple weeks. Found a few leaks but nothing like it would have been. Starting to make progress now. Drywall is up and the popcorn ceiling is down. No roofing or stucco yet. Note also that pressing the date buttons at left now display the explanatory text page in the main panel so you can more easily go back and forth between pictures and explanation. Try it!|
|5-Apr-98||Things are beginning to shape up. The cabinets are installed and painted; tile-work is beginning, and things are getting painted.|
|14-Jun-98||DONE! At least for now. The final payment has been made. The contractor has evaporated from our lives... until phase II, of course. Your are invited to take a look at the finished product - outside and inside.|
Since Sep 2011