Monthly Archives: April 2008

Locating an Arborist and Menlo Park Job Site

Any site development activities in the City of Monte Sereno that could affect trees requires a report from a certified arborist. We have many trees on our property and an arborist will definitely be required. After some searching, we called Tree Solutions, based in Scotts Valley. On the way back from the Wheeler house, it […]

Touring Job Sites with Paul

Paul arrived in town for a quick visit.  Hertz upgraded Paul’s car and it was a beautiful blue-sky California day for us to go for a drive. After a hearty breakfast at Alice’s Restaurant on Skyline, we went south along Skyline and down Highway 9 into Saratoga.  Up to Overlook and Littlebrook to the job […]

Reviewing Job Sites with Bill Brown

Bill Brown, Jerry Freeman and I met at the job site this morning to review the potential water issues that were identified through the drilling last week. After discussing the implications for our site, Bill offered to take me to a couple of his job sites in the area.  That sounded like a great idea […]

Observing Waterproofing in Menlo Park

We continued to observe the construction activities of the basement in Menlo Park. After completing the excavation, they are now working on the waterproofing before the slab is poured.  The white material is ParaSeal, a membrane backed with bentonite. The stairs going down look like a ‘leading practice’ that could be used on our site. […]

Initial Drilling to Verify Soil Conditions

We were advised to have a soils engineer test our soils and determine the feasibility of putting a basement under our Eichler. This step seemed ridiculous. However, we engaged Jerry Freeman (from Saratoga) and he arranged for a drilling company to drill a 20 foot deep hole in our front yard using a truck-mounted drilling […]