• Phase 1: Planning

    It’s just a little hole in the wall

    The first day of demolition, or D-day as Mike has casually been referring to it, a.k.a. the true beginning of our possible demise, is tentatively set for this Tuesday, July 23rd. I know what you’re thinking, it’s been like two weeks and we’ve done nothing. Well, we’ve done some stuff, we started packing and we paid a ton of fees…that felt like a lot. Plus, we also enjoyed some family and friends time before taking the plunge into this deep hole. Enough with the excuses, basically we are freaking the f out. This is huge people. HUGE. We are taking the roof off of our freaking house! It’s like cutting…

  • Phase 1: Planning

    Sometimes It’s Just Plain Luck

    Our house “As Built” In order to know where we are going, we had to start with an accurate view of where we were starting. Most additions are build with “as built plans”. “As built” can also be translated into necessary and expensive. It is when the engineer or architectural group comes to the house and measures everything, then draws up the house “as built”. We were fortunate enough to get scanned blueprints of our house from the city of the original plans. If you’re lucky, and you live in Awesometown, your city may have copies of your original house plans. Our house was built in 1982 in an unincorporated part…

  • Phase 1: Planning,  Uncategorized

    Into the rabbit hole…

    For more than a year Mike and I have been flirting with the idea to enlarge our current house. We have a two-bedroom two-bath house, four people and two large Labradors. It’s 972 s.f. To some of you this may be perfect, and for us, it works, but it is far from our ideal. When Mike bought this house he had always planned on making it larger but he never had a real reason to…then along came me and our two little girls and the concentration of estrogen is a little too thick. We batted back and forth the ideas of building out or building up. We loved the idea…