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Big Work at the house – HOuse Leveling

So we’ve had a great deal of work going on. With this post I will just focus on the house leveling that occurred at the beginning of May.


We had the Valentine Corporation come in and help us.  A good friend James works for them and made sure we did things right, and sensible.  For $3300 we got the dining room leveled where it was sinking at the transition to what we call the Conservatory.  James and I went under the house and finally figured out what had happened.

When the house was built, the builders notched the floor joists that went from the eastern most beam across the foundation wall and on to the outside of the of the house for the portion of the room that is cantilevered our by about 2 feet.  It’s at this notch where the wall began to fail, and they had to go into the basement and put in some other peers and a secondary beam to support the load.  Well the peers that are there aren’t that deep and so they sank when there was some water intrusion there.

So James had his coworker Levi come in, and jack up the beam to a level position in the house and put in new posts.

We had lots of cracks, but we have a level floor!! Yeah!!

The best part is that we can now rehang the swinging kitchen door!

Here’s a few pics.

Cracks in the plaster

Cracks in the plaster


Levi getting it level

Levi getting it level

Choosing the right color to paint the house

I’m so confused about trying to choose the right paint colors for the outside of the house.

We want to go with colors that are right for the house and right for us.  Can’t be anything too garish as that’s not us (with the exception of my outfit from time-to-time) and it needs to be something that fits the style of the house.

 I’ve been reading all sorts of stuff online, and in books I have.  Still nothing much in the way of inspiration, except for keeping the body of the house much the same color.  Can’t DO IT!  Can we?

The big problem is that our neighbors pretty much have all their homes nicely painted.  It’s great for the neighborhood, but NOW what do we have left to choose from?  We can’t duplicate the color pallet they have used.  Sigh.

Ideas we want to incorporate:

  • Body needs to be from a nuetral / natural color pallet.
  • Gables and window trim should go well with body color
  • Corbels / rafter braces should be highlighted to display them properly.
  • Windows should match the Corbels.

Bad Color!!!Last weekend (8/10/08) we went to the annual SF Arts & Crafts event and took a workshop on Color in the Arts & Crafts style.  We hoped that would hlep with choosing something that’s pleasing to us, the house and the neighbors.  Unfortunately the colors we got from the workshop just don’t work.   To the right is a sample of what they look like on the house – I painted an area with color pallet.  This was supposed to be something with a light grey for the body, a deep charcoal color for the window trim, and a rust red for the windows.  The Korbels would be the same color of the windows.

Here’s some photos of the house with potential colors applied using the CBN Selector program that was chosen without the help of a designer.

Color Scheme 1 – Body – burnt almond; Gable and Window trim – Craftsman Cream; Corbels – Craftsman Brown; Windows – Cinnamon Cherry

Front Elevation - Color Scheme 1      Patio Side with Color Scheme #1

CS #2 – too close to # 1.

Color Scheme #3:  Body – Burnt Almond; Gable & window trim – Craftsman Cream; Corbels and Windows – Rookwood Red

Front with CS - #2     CS - #2

Anyone with any ideas please post a comment.  Sigh.

Fireplace update — Firelogs a go-go

So after talking it over with Chris and good friend Al, we’ve decided to continue with the plan of installing the  and gassing up the fireplaces.

 Now the big decision is to find a style for both that we like.  Luckily we don’t need this right now, but as we get to our rainy season we’ll want to get something done. 

 I’ve found some good resources and retailers of stuff we’ll need –

  • Gas Log inserts 
  • Top-mounted Damper (only on two)
  • Chimney Caps (on all three)
  • Seal Chimneys

Phil the Plumber 
Phil the Plumber

Yesterday, Plumber Extraordinaire – Phil came and ran the lines, but couldn’t finish up due to some issue.  He’ll be back.