Thursday, September 30, 2010
Progress on the house has been a little slow going in that most of the changes are not of the major new/old wall changes like the first week or so. The electrical is all getting redone and is almost complete, plumbing and gas lines moved and in place, fireplace bricks joined to drywall, cabinet designs getting finalized, etc. Here's a recent photo of the disaster zone that is our family room and kitchen. Thankfully all of the lights you see will have dimmers and are on separate switches/zones, otherwise the code name for this project would be "mothership."
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We have had an egret visting our street lately and I have been trying to figure out what the story is. This is him outside my office window. Beautiful bird.
It took me a while to figure out what he was doing...until I saw this picture.
And these two.
The poor Anole had almost no chance.
Click here to see the prequel to The Egret and the Anole.
Monday, September 27, 2010
While Jozy had an awesome day, I had one that was less than productive. Jozy just couldn't really handle being in such close proximity to her friend and allow me to get in the zone and get work done. She also couldn't handle Mark's cat Jack too well, so there were some occasional barking fits that drove me a little crazy. Thankfully, Mark, referee in soccer and in the dog world was able to help me out a bit. Here is the referee separating the two dogs and maintaining a little order.
Yes, Maggie was jumping up on the table in order to take a break from playing with Jozy.
As soon as I got home tonight I cleaned up my office and made it a workable space again. The contractor says it should be quiet enough for the next couple of weeks that I'll actually be able to work out of the house. Otherwise, I'll be calling up Molly and Joey and Jozy will be going back to Woof and Whiskers...
Saturday, September 25, 2010
What you are looking at here is the view from the kitchen, through the enlarged opening and into the dining room. Feels 100% different from the previous closed off space.
And on the other side of the house, new doors. This is a small change, but seriously, our doors were in major need of attention and these just look 1000 times better. Now we need to figure out how to prevent Jozy from scratching them up...
Of course, she is trained on how to ring her bells to go outside, so this will help. The biggest problem is that she forgets the bells exist when squirrels are around.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Picked out our cooktop the last couple of days, along with an oven, microwave and a warming drawer...not sure what that last thing is but apparently my wife wanted it as much as I wanted the tray ceiling so that works for me. My food will look just as good as this if not better.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
If you have ever been to our house, you know that the air condition is super loud. Well that is no more, thus giving Jozy the atmosphere she needed to meditate about whether or not she likes the new 9 foot ceiling with more lights and a place to put a ceiling fan.
Stand back stormtroopers attack
On a bright May Day, man I'm gettin' soft
I don't know what do you think?
Looks like 10 fat pigs at a 9 pig trough
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Check it out. Worth a few minutes of our time for sure. If you are a Man City hater, then you can unite under the fact that these guys are trying to buy their way to a championship and have failed thus far...but I would imagine that this film is worth it just from getting the chance to have some unique insight into the life of an EPL fan. Check this description out from the Umbro blog which describes the film in more detail:
Rather than a conventional story of the season told through simple match footage, Blue Moon Rising is much more of a blockbuster, following a group of City’s supporters who travel to watch the team home and away in their own converted people carrier they’ve christened Helios. We follow these guys throughout the film, and it’s their commitment (and their eccentricities) that fans of any club will recognise – teaching their children to dislike the colour red, and claiming to vote Conservative simply because of the party’s colour are some of their more outlandish ideas.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today was the first day all week that the crew left something in the middle of the room. Considering the fact that it is the sheet rock that we need, I'll let it slide. Jozy was just happy that she finally had a place to sit.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
That's right, the wall is gone. That happened a lot quicker that I thought. Cabinets are gone also. I think we are pretty close to the definition of gutted.
The trained eye may notice that the 9 foot ceiling frame was completed today as well. The progress so far is just awesome.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"The basic purpose of a tray ceiling is to break up an ordinary flat ceiling line and add a variation in height to create architectural interest."They ripped out the cross beams across our ceiling and started to frame the tray ceiling today. I'm not sure my wife was sold on what I think is one of my pet requirements for this project, but I think the extra height in the family room is gonna be pretty cool. Jozy was admiring it already.
Oh yeah, and in addition, to the kitchen, family and laundry room, we asked them to rip out the wainscoting in the foyer so a third of those walls are down today as well.
And this is what is under our hideous yellow kitchen floor. Maybe we should save money on kitchen tile and just go with the dark concrete....
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Day 1 of our remodeling project is underway and they ripped out our ceiling and all of the wood paneling in the family room. Next thing you know, that wall you see in the center of the top picture will no longer exist. Hard to believe we have finally started.
Gotta say I am relatively happy with the clean job site at the end of the day and the progress made. It got pretty noisy at points so I took some of my afternoon meetings out in the back yard in the shade of the pecan tree. Tomorrow I will be off site all day because the power will be cut for the majority of the day. We already have a couple of game time decisions being made on things but I am taking them all in stride. So far so good!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Frozen yogurt and designer cupcakes appear to be the new thing these days. There was a yogurt shop every other block in Houston last weekend - seemingly as popular as coffee shops.
We're thinking of using some AMEX points to pay for the home theater part of the renovation. I'm checking out the 3D Blu-ray home theater system that was just released by Sony this past summer. I don't understand half of what it does but it looks like it is a pretty cool setup: 3D, blu-ray, internet and Wi-Fi enabled, DLNA, wireless rear speakers, Dolby TrueHD surround sound, etc.
Right now, our TV wouldn't even play the 3D but we could always upgrade that part later.
I'm pretty interested in the DLNA compatibility of the system - just started reading about it. Not 100% sure that the Mac will work with it so I need to do more research unless someone else out there will tell me: can I stream media from my Mac to my new potential Sony DLNA compliant system?
The scope is bigger than the kitchen, so maybe I'll start calling it Remodel Phase 1. Phase 2 is scheduled to start in the year 2025.
Here's a recap of the scope:
- Tear down the wall between our kitchen and living room and leave a island (or peninsula) in its place. Essentially, this makes 2 rooms into one space and will open up half the house.
- Tear down all wood paneling in the kitchen, living room and laundry room and float sheet rock.
- New cabinets.
- New kitchen floor.
- New counter top.
- Tray ceiling in the living room.
- New stove top and oven.
- Redo the laundry closet - add laundry sink, new walls, new cabinets.
- New lighting all around.
- New molding, painting and lots of odd jobs throughout.
- New AC unit and moving our it to the attic to decrease the noise from it.
- Set up interior and exterior sound system.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I'm pretty sure I am easy to recognize here...I'm the only guy who sits by himself eating dinner, reading his Kindle and asking to watch soccer. As a result, I'm leaning towards big tip.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
My team played our third game today and completely crushed some team 10-0. Pretty inconsistent weekend from the guys with some good lessons learned along the way. Overall it was a pretty good first weekend to start the fall season with, topped off with some bbq and some MLS this evening.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Soccer can be a frustrating sport where you play a game, do really well, but lose by multiple goals, and then in the next game you play poorly but get a better result. Despite the frustration, the team managed to hang out as a group and have some good laughs during down time so that was good to see. And quite honestly, the game we lost was full of some really good ball movement, some of the best I have seen by the group.