Archive for July, 2008

Flying to Canada

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

It was an early morning drive to SFO this morning.  Our good friend, Mike Calise, was very kind and drove me to SFO for my 8:30 am flight.

On the flight from SFO to SEA, I was fortunate to have the exit row window seat.  There was no one in the center seat and what looked like a frequent flier in the aisle seat.  He must have been a frequent flier as I booked the ticket some time ago and the aisle seat was taken (I am MVP with Alaska Airlines).

After we were in the air for a while, the flight attendants came by offering coffee and snacks.  I took the opportunity to speak with the person and we ended up having a conversation regarding renovations (yeah, go figure).

As it turned out, Eric worked with Citrix and recommended both his general contractor and the firm that made his cabinets.  I wrote a white paper for Citrix several years ago.

Eric gave me his card and offered to send me the contact information for both his general contractor and cabinet maker.

I will follow up with Eric shortly.

Engaging Jrider + Design

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The engagement letter was accepted on both sides so we signed the letter and cut a check for John.

We are looking forward to working with John.

Time to get rolling on the construction drawings before the fire sprinkler ordinance becomes effective in August!

Presenting to Monte Sereno Site and Architecture Commission

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This is it – the big day.  We are #3 on the agenda for Monte Sereno’s Site and Architecture Commission meeting tonight.  There are four commisioners and Marshall Anstandig is the chairperson.

To prepare for the meeting, we have seven letters from neighbors, five people lined up to speak, and three e-mails.  Everyone supports our application.

Bryan’s presentation was fairly factual and straight forward.  To help the Site and Architecture Commission, we asked Jerry Ditto to speak.  After we presented the project, the public hearing was opened and four people spoke in favor of our application.  With no other speakers, the public hearing was closed. 

Barbara Allen made the motion to approve our application for a Site Development permit and Lana Malloy seconded the motion.

Passed 4-0.  Yippee!

Now on to the application for the building permit.

The minutes were approved at the following meeting.

Proposal from Jrider + Design

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

John sent me the proposal today. I finally have something tangible to evaluate and make a decision with.

Time to move forward, especially with the Site and Architecture meeting on Wednesday.

Scope of Work for Jrider + Design

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

After connecting with John and speaking with him, I sent him a scope of work outlining my requirements.  John seems very savvy and interested in the project.

He promised to send me a proposal in a day or two.

It will be good to engage a great designer that can make ArchiCAD sing!

Looking for a Designer to Prepare Construction Documents

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

After surfing around, I found an interesting architect in Palo Alto.  The architect is David Solnick and he has a great portfolio.

I called David and asked him if he would be interested in working on a full set of construction documents.  David, very politely, explained that he worked on the design side and I needed a designer to complete my construction documents.  After hearing of my requirement for ArchiCAD v11, he instantly recommended Jrider + Design, in San Jose.

I followed up with an e-mail to David and he responded with John Rider’s contact information.

Later, I sent an e-mail to John, stating the referral from David.

I hope to hear back from John soon.