Saturday, October 16, 2010

Construction Adventure and 23 weeks

For the past month and a half, we have been going through the motions to add a second story third bedroom to our current home in Huntington Beach. So far, we have had an architect do the design, an engineer do the structural plans, submitted the plans to the city and hired a contractor. Tuesday the city came back with the revisions they want done and our architect says she and the engineer needs another week to make these changes. Then she has to resubmit the updated plans back to the city and we play the waiting game for them to approve our permit to start construction. Our target start date is November 1.

So for weeks we have been prepping our house for this major project.

First, we had to completely empty our attic which had over 5 1/2 years of stuff in it. Then we had to go through each box and decide what we were keeping, what we were tossing and what was going to our garage sale. We had our garage sale last weekend which went great, and what we didn't sell went to Good Will.

Next we took everything off our walls (mostly pictures). Our last major undertaking is packing boxes.
Jerry will still have some kitchen prep work to protect our appliances, cabinets and granite from being damaged before the demo starts but we are almost there!

Doesn't all this work and planning make you tired? Now add into the mix that I am 23 weeks pregnant with our second son and it makes this even more exhausting. Plus Jerry and I both work full time and have a very active 2 1/2 year old who is probably wondering what the heck is going on. Thank goodness for my mom who has helped us watch him while we did a lot of this prep work! Thanks mom--we love you.

Needless to say, I know all this work will be worth it when it is done. We will have more space for our growing family and it will add more equity to our home. Stay tuned as this adventure continues....

Of course I couldn't finish my post without a picture of my little man playing with his favorite things--cars and trucks.

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