• Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    Hot mop, HVAC, Electrical and a healthy dose of distraction

    This month started with a bang…really. A huge bang to my head or ego or whatever. I’m 30. Yay. The last couple of weeks we have been working on the house, shopping for Christmas and trying to squeeze in a little family time. And Elfie time Can you believe this is our neighborhood? And you think we’re crazy… We’ve also been steadily working towards our combo inspection and took one day off from that to work on our lath inspection (since that one is tomorrow). See the paper on the front? That’s what’s going underneath our Hardi board. The plumbing is officially done, thanks to So Cal Shower Pans who…

  • Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    Tankless Water Heaters are Awesome…

    Mike likes to work a lot like a computer processor. He works on one task then goes to another before completing the first, then another before completing the second, maybe a fourth before completing the third, then eventually makes his way back to the first one, works a little bit on it then goes to another one – never really finishing any of them. He says he has to work this way to minimize his trips to one of the big box stores. I think he works this way because he can’t decide which project he wants done first. The last few weeks Mike has been lucky to have a…

  • Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    How to lath your house…

    On November 5th we passed pre-wrap and that night Mike and I boarded a plane to the Dominican Republic. For an entire week neither of us thought about our house. It was heaven. Well, mostly. Funny thing is, even when we are on vacation we can’t escape a diy project. That’s Mike fishing my wedding band from the bathroom sink we dismantled, then put back in place. So gross. We booked this trip back in February, way before we began this crazy path to self destruction addition.  I’m glad we did, because neither one of us would have planned this trip after we started our project. It felt soooo good to sleep in…

  • Phase 4: Pre-wrap

    Up Went the Roof and Down Came the Rain!

    Mike and I couldn’t be happier that we subbed out the roof. After spending several days on the roof tearing it all off in the searing July summer sun this was one job I was not looking forward to. For one, the new roof is 10 feet higher than the old roof and two, it’s absolutely miserable work (and I might have a slight fear of heights). However, watching professionals do it, who do it every day for a living, was one of our best days. We were able to sit back and enjoy someone else working on our house. It made us wish we had a bigger budget because…