Two Weeks Down

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The tear down is nearly complete. We are down to the studs and the fireplace was completely removed yesterday. The next step is fixing a good amount of dry rot that was under the stucco.

We were also able to get up on our future roof deck for the first time (with a summer cocktail, of course) and take in the amazing view we have of Lake Washington, the Cascades and the very top of Mt. Rainier. It is truly spectacular.

The Airstream is performing well. For the very first time since we’ve owned Margaret, we’ve turned on the TV with a cable hook-up, and although we don’t have our cable box, we are able to get a few regular stations digitally (CBS, ION and TeleMundo!) but are able to watch Netflix and Hulu Plus and HBOGo with Apple TV, which helps during the days of bad weather. Otherwise, we are out of the Airstream most of the time, greeting curious neighbors and giving tours of the carnage. Now we are in rebuild mode and it feels really good. We are working with some very good people in Broadmore Builders, though they think I’m a bit of a nudge and budget bully (which I am given the expense of the project). It is so good to be working with good people after a disastrous relationship with Batt + Lear who led us down some very bad paths and cost us a fortune for it.

John is getting along great and we had occasion to use the Airstream’s microwave for the first time to reheat his amazing Saucy Shrimp. He’s off to Florida to help his mom and see his kids and grandchild next week. I know he’ll enjoy being away from the chaos for a bit.

We do love being on site and seeing all the changes first-hand, and helping out where we can. I’m particularly enjoying helping out with demo as it reveals the bones of a very well built home, and offers opportunity to find things out about the house. There are many daily decisions to make.

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Full-time ‘Streamers

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Tonight we become full-time ‘streamers in our own backyard as we begin remodeling our home we’ve named Casa Vista del Lago Azul. We will probably be living in it for 3 months as the house is taken down to the studs and completely rebuilt except for some wonderful hardwood floors. It’s been nearly a year to get to this point, but we are finally moving forward. We’ll post our progress, but for this week, it’s all about removing stucco off the house and demoing the main floor now that the 2nd floor is mostly demoed.

Now that the project is out of our hands, I’ll get back to work writing and helping out wherever I can. John has another few weeks of work and then we’ll see what’s what.

We will most likely head out for weekend trips or during the week to get away from the mess and chaos. Looking forward to camping and enjoying the outdoors.

Stay tuned….