August 29, 2009

Progress on the HVR rebuild

Meanwhile, our house in Escondido is also progressing quite fast. We are using ICF (insulated concrete forms), they look like white lego blocks that are stacked and reinforced with steel before concrete are poured inside to create our walls. It's amazing how fast it goes up.

Surprises but still making progress

We had some surprises with our remodel, extensive termite damage, water leak from the bath tub that caused missing floor in the bathroom area were just couple and exterior walls were never protected from the elements were just a few of them. Oh well, it could have been worse.

The house is coming along, we reinforced the foundation, we replaced all the windows and doors, removed all the dangerous old electrical wiring and replaced with updated panel and safe wiring, replaced all the plumbing, repaired all termite damage, insulated the interior and exterior walls. Fun!

I love the cotton candy batting...just looking at it makes me warm all over. oops too much information.

August 6, 2009

It's crazy but there's another project

A couple of months ago the house we were renting went on the market. I dreaded moving again. Did I mention that our first rental after the fire went into foreclosure and we had to move out after less than a year. Renting was not working for us.

Our house rebuild plans was not going well at the time and we didn't think we would be getting the permit anytime soon. I went into a panic mode, and convinced my husband to buy a fixer upper. We would live in it for a year or two until our house was completed. Who knew that we would get our permit to rebuild weeks later. HA HA HA HA HA the irony... now we have two construction projects at the same time.

Anyway, it's been fun fixing up a cute little house the key word is little, approx 800 sf ft. it will be interesting to see how our family will survive in such close quarters. Time will tell. These are the before photos. More pics later of the progress.

August 2, 2009

Rebuilding the foundation

I've been very busy with several projects. One of them is the rebuilding of our house. We finally got our permit last month and have started the process. I'm very excited but very anxious at the same time.

1. it took 21 months to get to this point.
2. one contractor
3. two backhoes
4. one cement pump
5. ten cement trucks
6. a dozen or more workers
7. lots of hard work

The foundation is poured, curing and waiting for the walls...