Archive for May, 2008

Tree Solutions Inspects Our Trees

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Don Cox, a certified arborist with Tree Solutions, came to our property today and reviewed the trees.

Using the inventory listing that we provided, Don walked around the entire property, inspecting the trees and confirming the species, size and health of each tree. He understood our project scope and requirements quickly, and knew exactly what we were looking for in the arborist report.

Don promised to send a copy of his report to us so we could review it prior to issuance by Tree Solutions.

Visit to a Claude Oakland-Designed House on Shannon Road

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
Multiple Pitches Showing a Messy Look

Multiple Pitches Showing a Messy Look

Kitchen with 12:12 Pitch Vaulted Ceiling

Kitchen with 12:12 Pitch Vaulted Ceiling

Bryan Reviews the Vaulted Ceiling

Bryan Reviews the Vaulted Ceiling

Jo-Anne spotted a house for sale that was designed by Claude Oakland in 1974. It was located only a few miles away in Los Gatos, on Shannon Road.

We made an appointment to view the house and spent an hour going through it taking photos.

This was an important ‘find’ for us as we now had an architectural precedent where Claude Oakland had designed a house having a roof with a 12:12 pitch. Our house had a roof with a 10:12 pitch and we wanted to keep the roof the same height but reduce the span.

Gable and Flat Room

Gable and Flat Room

Kitchen View over the Pool

Kitchen View over the Pool

Drilling Holes to Monitor Water Levels

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Considering the implications of a ‘seasonal perched water table’, we decided to have two holes drilled so we could monitor exactly what was happening with the water below grade.

We engaged the drilling firm to return and drill two six-inch holes in the front yard. The first hole was exactly where the other hole was in the front, with the second hole as close to the house as the drilling rig could be.

The first hole would be drilled to 25 feet deep, and the hole nearest the house would be drilled to 14 feet. The logic was to pump water from the deep hole and see how that affected the water in the hole nearest the house.

Setting up to drill

Setting up to drill

Starting to Drill

Starting to Drill

Tripping Out the Bit

Tripping Out the Bit

Full of Cuttings

Full of Cuttings

Removing the Cuttings

Removing the Cuttings

Soils Report and Engaging Duquette Engineering

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Jerry Freeman completed the soils report and gave me eight wet-signed copies.

His report describes the perched water table and a hydrostatic pressure of 500 lbs per square ft.

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This is what we were afraid of …

We signed the engagement letter from Steve Duquette and sent him the soils report.

We’re probably looking at a lot of concrete in our house to keep it from floating. Oh well.