Archive for August, 2008

Description of Our Project on Eichler Homes Web Site

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

We noted that Jerry Ditto, author of Eichler Homes, and our design advisor, described our project on his web site yesterday.

His description included the following:

“I’ll be providing more details during the coming months as the construction continues, but let me give you a quick summary preview now. This remodel will more than double the square footage of the home, and will retain the Eichler architectural idiom in both materials and style throughout. The atrium will remain, but it will also be open to the second level below! Yes, while the elevations are truly a classic Claude Oakland design – front, rear and side views – of a single story home, it will become an Eichler with a full basement, with bright space and new amenities that are seldom found in remodeled homes.”

Packing Up 17509

Monday, August 25th, 2008

After over 11 years and two children, packing was difficult.

Books and Stuff

Books and Stuff

Jo-Anne Boxed Up and Staged Our Belongings

Jo-Anne Boxed Up and Staged Our Belongings

Master Bedroom - Sil and Ethel's Furniture

Master Bedroom - Sil and Ethel

Living Room as a Staging Area

Living Room as a Staging Area

Jo-Anne did an amazing amount of work while I avoided packing my home office and the garage at all costs …

Jerry Ditto announced our project on his web site.  It was good to get some recognition from Jerry.

Basement Excavation on Vista Avenue

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Several friends have commented on the basement excavation just a little ways away on Vista Avenue.

We were able to grab a few minutes and review the job site.

It doesn’t exactly look like an OSHA-complaint excavation.

Excavation with soil stored on site.

Excavation with soil stored on site.

Looking west at the excavation on Vista Avenue

Looking west at the excavation on Vista Avenue.

Trace of water showing, probably irrigation from next door.

Trace of water showing, probably irrigation from next door.

Filing Application for Building Permit

Monday, August 11th, 2008

After all the coordination, I was able to file the application for my building permit with the City of Monte Sereno.

This was a major event, as the fire sprinkler ordinance becomes effective on August 13.

Just about to walk into City Hall with the plans.


Ready to File the Application for Our Building Permit

Ready to File the Application for Our Building Permit

Engaging Bowman & Williams for Civil Engineering

Monday, August 4th, 2008

A key member of the design team is a civil engineering firm.

Any grading, drainage or other activities that establish permanent changes to the property need to be reviewed by a licensed professional engineer.  Since our licensed surveyor is Dunbar and Craig, we contacted them to see if they were interested in the civil engineering.

Dunbar and Craig recommended that we speak with Casey Carlson, who is with their associated civil engineering firm, Bowman & Williams.  Casey was easy to speak with and extremely responsive.  After discussing our requirements, he put together a brief proposal and sent it to us.

We reviewed the proposal and accepted it.

Casey will be an excellent addition to the design team!

Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Foundation

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

This was an interesting day … Doug McNeil invited us to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Foundation summer picnic.

The event was held at the home of Larry Arzie and David Stonesifer in Los Gatos. It was a beautiful California day, and the “who’s who” in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno attended the event.

We wondered around, chatting with people and enjoying snacks and local wines.

After Chief Seaman made his remarks, we decided that we should try the flak jackets and the assault rifles since they were right behind us.

Jo-Anne Suits Up

Jo-Anne Suits Up

Loaded with gear, Jo-Anne was now prepared to negotiate with our contractor, Bill Brown!



We were having fun and then returned the equipment. A man asked Jo-Anne for her name, then gave her his card. Yes, he was a photographer with the Los Gatos Observer.

Take a look at the full story in the Los Gatos Observer (you will have to scroll down, way down).