Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where was I?

It's been a while. The kids were all enrolled in the local 900 API schools. They are responsible for getting themselves there and back by foot. We shop at the local Sunday Farmers Market, eat in the village restaurants and generally don't leave the area in a vehicle more than once a week. In all, we are happy here.

About our purchase, we were able to refinance our 2008 mortgage to a 30 year fixed 5.75% in 2011. The process was long, painful and fraught with missing or lost documents, multiple employees, 3 mergers and finally a brilliant loan officer at Surety Financial who managed to close in 45 days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

140 boxes and we are IN!

the move happened smoothly, only one vase and my camera are toast and there are a few weeks left before school. All is well.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

And the fence comes DOWN!

Friday the construction fence comes down!. A new record-breaking almost whole house remodel.
We took possession in January and we are moving in in less than a week.

Our thanks to a stellar architect- Oscar McGraw who navigated the Palisades Architectural review and the city permitting process with aplomb and alacrity

and to John Byrne Construction- a general contractor with our budget and timeline firmly in mind

it has been a pleasure to work with these talented gentlemen.

Pictures coming soon.

Now I need a landscape planner to turn our new front and back yards into water-wise and properly draining beds and we will be in business!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A tub with a view


The new soaking tub roughed-in, with a view of the rooftops and telephone wires.



I'm seriously NOT complaining. This spot used to be counted as a bedroom.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

House progress!



Doors and Landscaping next!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wall closing day

is scheduled for FRIDAY!

Electrical walkthrough was this Saturday and the new subpanel is in. The low voltage stuff and cable runs are happening today and tomorrow. It won't be the fanciest house on the block, but I'm going to have a real network!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Habitat for Humanity ReStore=WIN

1139 Summit Drive, bel Air is undergoing a little demolition and has donated tens of thousands of dollars of custom cabinetry and stuff to HFH. 23 pieces of the custom kitchen- $4,400, a marble countertop $40, a gorgeous vessel sink on an antique table conversion $200.

If only I was ready for these things now!