A long overdue update
Has it really been over a month since my last post?! I was hoping to have some pictures to at least make this post more entertaining, but I fear that if I wait for photos to be downloaded from my camera we may be waiting another whole month! Instead, you (if I still have any readers ) will have to settle for a boring recap of the last few weeks.
The beginning of a project can be a little slow-going. My dad/our architect is busy finalizing the (amazing) plans so that we can apply for building permits and get to the fun parts (demo! a new kitchen!). However, we still fully intend to move in in four short weeks (yikes!) so this is what we have been doing:
1) Inspections and estimates. We had the roof guy, termite guy, and tree guy all out at once last week. It actually was really nice that they all showed up around the same time because it meant we didn’t have to wait around for each appointment. The verdicts:
- Roof: In good shape, overall. Fortunately concrete roofs are pretty durable and patching is something we can do ourselves. The wooden roofs on the doctor’s office and breakfast room/future family room may need to be replaced. We are especially excited for my dad’s new suggestions for the roofs – white on the doctor’s office for energy efficiency and a green roof on the top where the a/c units are now (they will be moved), which is the area that doesn’t have safety railings around it.
- Trees: we got some quotes to trim up some of the trees that have dead wood, and have some other particularly bothersome trees removed – specifically the small that are right next to the house that have seeded from other trees and the one that is practically dead directly over the power lines. They also offered to cut down/clear out the bamboo – but they won’t dig it out, so we may get another quote for the whole job.
- Termites: good news, no live termites! There was an infestation at one point, but it was treated well and they haven’t come back. We did find a wasps’ nest in one of the walls that we’re planning to demo so that will be fun!