Monday, January 22, 2007

Purple House Update

Things are still moving along at the purple house. Of course, we originally hoped we'd be moving in right about now, but naturally that was over optimistic.

Anyway, here's what's been done to date:

  • all new duct work and a new upstairs HVAC unit
  • new wiring, new wire from the street, wiring to the garage and a 200amp service
  • new metal porch roof and new soffits around the porch with vents (three rotten layers were removed)

  • a foundation around one room of the house, where we discovered the studs were sitting in dirt
  • one room jacked up and no longer sloping crazily
  • new doors on the garage, termite damage removed

  • jungle in the back yard cleared
  • hall bathroom gutted
  • back utility room gutted

  • flammable 1970s insulation removed
  • 130 foot tall, 5 foot in diameter tree with significant rot from base up to five feet taken down


I think that about covers it. Today we meet with our architect to go over his plans to put the bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen and upstairs back together.

Later, I will share the story of the tree.


5 comments:

Marc V said...

200 amps ... sweet! Did you set up wiring for a computer network?
I like that extra carport next to the garage.
We have a large tree in our backyard (not nearly as big as yours) that needs to eventually go (due to rot as well). Unfortunately it is between two houses and not easy to access. I don't even want to think of how much it will cost.

Jordana said...

Marc, the tree wasn't cheap, but definitely worth it. It wasn't any where near the house, but still could have hit the house if it had fallen the right way. Shopping around definitely brings in vastly varying quotes on that sort of thing.
We did put in Cat-5. I guess we should have done Cat-6, but oh well. We'll be almost state-of-the-art.

rp said...

It looks like it will all be quite lovely. I wish you and your family many years of happiness in this house before the renovation bug bites you again!

mary said...

better than watching This Old House!

Tricia said...

Wow. Impressive. Exciting to me is the fact that I actually know what "200amp" means in regard to house electricity, b/c we just had the same thing done over here. And new panel and wiring and grounding put in where there previously was none...for the past 40+ years. Next comes major plumbing and gas work...but truly, our renovations are small and puny compared to yours! Enjoy the process...hope you can enjoy moving in soon!

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