Category Archives: Our home remodeling project

Quilt shop update

About seven months ago, we got a notice from Sacramento County about our expired permit for the quilt shop. We renewed the permit (to avoid ever-increasing penalties), and now we’re just days away from having to call for an inspection … Continue reading

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DTV conversion

My friends and family know that we generally don’t watch TV, so I haven’t been too worried about the digital television conversion issue. Likewise it was no big deal when I heard that the DTV-to-analog rebate program was suspended due … Continue reading

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Aerial remodel photo

Google Maps managed to snap an image of our house right in the middle of construction. Look closely at the lot in the center of this aerial photo of our house. You can see piles of lumber in our front … Continue reading

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Demolition party article in LA Times

We were quoted in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. The author interviewed me a few months ago, but after the WSJ article I was hesitant to talk to another reporter. However, Michelle did a great job, didn’t … Continue reading

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We passed!

We passed our final inspection on the first try! WOO HOO!!! Unfortunately we’re not yet finished with our remodel/addition. There are still a few items on the punch list, but the rest of the work is basically: Telephone/network wiring Finish … Continue reading

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“Final” inspection today

We have our “final” inspection on the house/addition today. I don’t expect that we’ll pass on the first try, since nobody else I know has been able to pull that off. The final inspection punch list is empty for now, … Continue reading

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F minus 1

Final inspection is tomorrow! Our attic fans are both permanently installed, and the attic is relatively comfortable except from late afternoon until nightfall. The whole-house fan is wired, tested and operational. Our new fan is a 2-speed unit, whereas our … Continue reading

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F minus 4

Four days ’til our final inspection. Our last two tradesmen (for phase 1A) were out today–masonry and HVAC. Kevin McKeever is our mason. He came out yesterday to salvage as many of the old bricks from our original chimney as … Continue reading

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F minus 6 and counting…

Final inspection in six days! Over a third of the items on the final inspection punch list got done today. (Unfortunately none of the attic work got done.) I have to go to work tomorrow, so I’ll probably only get … Continue reading

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One week ’til final inspection!

We have about one week left before our “final” inspection. (Final in quotes because I haven’t heard of many people who pass their first “final” inspection.) Our punch list is still fairly long, but many of those items aren’t required … Continue reading

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