Archive for the ‘Deconstruction’ Category

Second, and Last, Load of Timbers for Remilling

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The second load of timbers left today, just after 1:00 pm.

Ready to load the beams.

Ready to load the beams.

Loaded and ready to go.

Loaded and ready to go.

The site is looking very clean now.  A bit lonely, but clean.

Empty driveway.

Empty driveway.

First Load of Timbers for Remilling

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The truck arrived from Jackel Enterprises today and we loaded the first load of roof decking for remilling.

Driving the forklift from Los Gatos Boulevard was a bit of a ‘white-knuckler’ as forklifts steer using their rear wheels. Going down Blossom Hill Road and crossing over Highway 17 will not be forgotten.

The first load is looking good, especially as it left Via Sereno.

Securing the first load of roof decking.

Securing the first load of roof decking.

They call it 'House on a Truck'.

They call it 'House on a Truck'.

Next stop?  Watsonville!

Next stop? Watsonville!

The forklift is rented for a 24 hour period.  We have until 1:30 pm to return the forklift.

Ready for loading tomorrow ...

Ready for loading tomorrow ...

 

Deconstruction and Public Hearing at City Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Today was a big day. First, Bryan returned from Argentina and started to realize the carnage left behind by the financial meltdown in the equity markets (our financing plans may change now). Second, the deconstruction has progressed nicely and needs to be completed now. Finally, there was a City Council meeting tonight and it will be the public hearing to amend the ordinance so our window well can go into the setback.

A big day …

Deconstruction

The glass has been removed from the house and is stacked at the back of the property. This is a temporary location for a couple months. All the windows will need to be cleaned and ‘refinished’ but they will be reused in the remodeled structure.

Double-glazed Low-E Windows

Double-glazed Low-E Windows

There is now quite a pile of wood in the driveway. Each board will be reviewed with a metal detector to identify nails and screws, which must be removed prior to milling.

Boards Ready for Metal Detector

Boards Ready for Metal Detector

Here is one of the last views of our pool, before it is re-shaped into a rectangle. This is the view from the former Master Bedroom (which will be Kate’s bedroom in the remodeled structure).

View from Master Bedroom of Pool

View from Master Bedroom of Pool

Public Hearing to Amend Ordinance 10.06.110

With the public hearing tonight to change the ordinance, we rallied a couple key people in Monte Sereno to attend the public hearing and speak in favor of the amended ordinance.

Bob Karski, from Via Sereno, spoke in favor of the ordinance again (he also spoke on September 2).

As well, Betty Kunz attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the ordinance. Betty is a long-time resident of Monte Sereno and we have known her for some time. She made an interesting point – changing the ordinance will allow young families to expand their homes and stay in the area. She explained that young families should be encouraged to stay in Monte Sereno to help maintain a community.

Betty was excellent.

The vote? 5-0 in favor of amending the ordinance.

Yippee!

Deconstruction Continues …

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Taking the Duro-Last membrane off the roof and then removing the insulation was one thing … actually deconstructing the roof board-by-board was another.

This, we keep telling ourselves, is the hardest part of the project.

Deconstructing the Roof

Deconstructing the roof of the existing house.

Deconstruction and Update on Eichler Homes

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The boards started coming off the roof today.

Now that the insulation from the roof was off, the 2x tongue and groove Redwood decking started coming off. Of course, that exposed the 4x Douglas Fir beams.

Staging Area in Front Yard

Staging Area in Front Yard

The kitchen started to ‘open up’ a bit as the roof decking came off, board-by-board.

Kitchen and Dining Areas Open Up

Kitchen and Dining Areas Open Up.

Jerry Ditto acknowledged our project on his website again today.

The Naked Roof

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The Duro-Last membrane has been removed, as well as all the insulation. We’re standing on the ‘naked roof’!

Very cool.

 

Nik on the roof over the garage.  This gable will be return in the same location.

Nik on the roof over the garage. This gable will be return in the same location.

South West corner of roof.  The Durolast membrane has been removed, exposing the original 2x6 Redwood T&G decking.

South West corner of roof. The Durolast membrane has been removed, exposing the original 2x6 Redwood T&G decking.