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One year Recap – We are growing!!!

Every so often I run into a friend that asks about this blog. It’s usually followed by an excuse of having little time (to no time) to write. While that is all true, I must admit that the first year of renovations and daily updates were the busiest I have ever been in my life. Sitting on the verge of 40 years old, I realize that if I plan to be ambitious, now is the time. I only half-joke about that…especially since I do find my energy levels and weight-gain going in opposite directions. (still half-joking) Mid-life crisis aside, I wanted to share the last year with my friends and family.

First off, our family is growing at a pace much quicker than my home repair tasks. What was two, is now 3..followed by a fourth in less than a month (give or take two weeks). Before we get to our fourth member of this blog, allow me to introduce you to Dallas.

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Dallas – 6 months old

Dallas is our Blue Weimaraner. According to my wife who was suppose to bring back a male pup, Dallas chose her and there was really no other thing she could have done. I hate to admit it, but she was right. Having never been a pet owner, I have to admit its pretty awesome. I find having to restrain myself from bringing out her picture or working her name into a conversation. Seems I have become the kind of person I used to make fun of. With that being said, here’s 1 more pic of Dallas (now 1 years old as of July 14th).

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Her usual morning beg which consists of sad eyes and wagging tail. Quickly followed by us letting her lay on the bed while we get ready.

Now onto our latest member of the family. As I type this, we have yet to meet our latest addition, but are very certain that he is a he. We are certain of this as he made it very clear during our gender reveal doctor appointment. Inappropriately so. Having taken 3 years to manifest, we named him Desiderio, meaning “one who is hoped for”. A name that always requires a second or third pass to people that first hear it, becomes much more familiar when we inform them of another person that held that name, Desiderio “Desi” Arnaz.

The house has had some work too. But that’s another post. In the meantime…here’s a preview of Desi’s Room I took with my phone. Stay tuned for better pics coming soon!

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Going for a retro industrial and atomic look. That’s a mouthful!

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How to make a Fire Pit, with Mid-Century flair

My recent hiatus doesn’t mean I don’t have much to report (if you can follow my double-negatives)…it simply means I have a very limited time to update our home renovation happenings. We have finally moved into our house, exactly 1 year to-the-date after purchasing the house. That was back in March and we are SLOWLY making progress on our home while trying to stay above “financial” water so we can get our kitchen going. (A huge applause to my wife that must endure our primitive living, especially in the kitchen.) We have just begun work on the exterior and should have some pictures of our newly stucco’ed and hopefully painted house soon. Here’s what it looks like today…

Powerwashed and ready for new stucco and paint…very soon!

Over these past months, I’ve been making a significant dent in a large pile of pallets laying around at work. I’ve managed to deconstruct some of these pallets for small projects around the house as well as my most favorite recent pastimes…bonfires! Until recently, our bonfires were centered around an aluminum garbage can which would glow red after a few minutes of steady burning. While it served us well, it was time to retire our depression-era pit for a more swanky upgrade..circa 1960 perhaps???

Throughout the year, our non-profit’s pile of used appliances is set aside after they have been removed from our clients home to make way for the new appliances we install for them. This pile sits until we have enough weight to make a worthwhile trip to the recycle yard. Somehow, my subconscious mind recalled that washing machine tubs make for good fire pits. The combination of the existing holes, thick steel and the much deeper capacity than your standard store-bought fire pit makes this a win-win!

It just so happens that a pair of 1960s-70s bar stools also made their way into our pile of metal to recycle. Again, my subconscious mind recalled that these may be a great stand for my newly acquired pit and I proceeded to cut the stool bases off for my future upcycling project.

Once I mounted the washing machine tub atop the 1960s-70s bar stool base, the most amazing thing happened. I was immediately transported to the early 1960s as I stared at this retro modern creation.

Ok, enough with the words…here’s some pictures!!! What do you think?

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A good night’s rest.

After a long break from posting, I finally have some news that will help me with the restless nights of sleep. With the impending rains and a roof that serves more as a over-sized colander, it was time to take action. Armed only with some YouTube “do-it-yourself roofing” videos, the belief in myself, and a well rested back I began to tear off my roof. Ten minutes later I realized I was in way over my head while I gazed at the small hole in my roof.

Many many hours, a very very sore back, two layers of wood shake, and four trips to the dump later I was a third done.

I started this roofing project when I was the tender age of 37…at age 38 and 30 minutes before the first rain of the season I was finished. Soon, my back will feel better. Soon, the trip and a half left of debris sitting on the side of the house to dump will be gone. For now, I will enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing there’s a roof for our little Spanish Charmer.

Goodnight,
jerry

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Windows Completed

First project completed!!! Although they weren’t part of the original plan, the driveway-side windows are all installed and now a thing of the past. Enjoy the picture time-line.

  Originally, the plan was to cover the window in the kitchen and bring in more light by installing a French door at the back entry. After discovering the great prices of Pella-brand argon double-pane windows ($120.00 for a 3×5 window) from Lowes, we immediately made room in our budget for these windows. My savings scheming also helped.

I first started by removing all of the existing windows I planned to replace. I did have mixed feelings because the original double hung windows were in such remarkable shape and I knew with a little bit of cleaning, sanding, wax and paint, these windows would last another 50 + years.

After I removed the windows carefully (I saved everything and will find a use for them somewhere down the road), I then cut out the exterior stucco to make room for the new and larger windows. The two windows in the living room went from 3×4 to 3×5. The window in the breakfast nook went from 40″x48″ to a whopping 5’x7′.

Next step was to frame up a new opening for the windows, including a new header for each window.


After, self adhering flashing was laid onto the exterior side of the frame to prevent water leakage. Then a bead of silicone was applied just before the windows were screwed to the frame.


After the windows were screwed to the frame I ran another strip of the self-adhering flashing over the vinyl frame just to provide a final water-tight seal. The final touch of the exterior work was to apply plywood and brick mold trim around the new windows for stucco….once it happens somewhere way, way down the road.

 

Finally, the final (it really feels good to use the word final, even though its all so far from finality) touches to the window were on the inside. I trimmed up the interior frames for sheetrock (which goes up soon).

Huge sigh. Now to divert my attention to the other million things to do before the wedding….which is now exactly one month away.

-jerry

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Fiberglass & Frolicking

After the past Easter weekend with the family and some staged frolicking with my wife, it was back to business on the house this week. Monday was completely shot due to elimination hockey where my beloved San Jose Sharks came out victorious and  moved on to the next round in the playoffs…WOO-HOO!!!

So it was back to work Tuesday night where I needed to get insulation on the walls if I plan to keep to the schedule. After a few hours of post-work work, insulation is all up. 80% of the strips needed to be cut because none of the studs were equally placed…errrrr! A couple more days of some final clean-up and hopefully sheetrock goes up next week.

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Idea board…for livingroom

No new progress pics to post…so I thought I would share an idea board in progress. These will probably evolve, but here some info in some of these items.

The chiasso.com mirror is listed at 388, but every so often they have a 20% off sale. Which brings it down to 300! The copper glass mosaic tile are from Lowes. Here’s the really great news…they are only 7.99 a sheet!!! Wow! I found the vintage chair with a “free” sign on it last week. I have almost 20 vintage cameras and probably over 2000 LPs. We were thinking of having a chair-and-a-half in lieu of a sofa and maybe a leather club chair which I’ve always loved. Probably not in red though…well, this is still evolving. Hope you like!

Livingroom Idea Board... In progress

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More free stuff coming our way… You’re welcome earth!

Sunday was a day off and Saturday’s work wasn’t really picture-worthy. However, I did manage to get some more free stuff from a friend who happened to be tearing down his patio and had 6×8 redwood lumber (4 8-foot & 2 16-foot pieces) that he was going to have to pay to remove. I swooped them up for a future patio project, did my part to save the earth, and now sharing the pics with you today….scooooore!!!!

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