We were gone to Hawaii last week, (Don’t be hatin’) so work on the house continued without constant monitoring by you-know-who. We were happy to see most of the roof finished and all of the shingles on the back dormers finished.


The shingles will show up so much better after the house is painted.

We had another surprise awaiting us when we got home too. The porch rails were up. Initially we were happy to see them but after about a minute of looking at the result we both turned to each other and said “They’re too high”. The code for porch railings is between 42″ and 36″ and although our blue prints actually indicate that they’re 42″ we think it looks out of proportion.


Do you see it? Agree?

The house is only 1450 sq. ft. and the porch rails should be shorter for sure. It bugs me that they cover the lower part of the windows. Are we weirdos? Yes. But since this is the “Death House” we really want everything to be pleasing to the eye. Chris’ crew did the rail exactly how they’re depicted on the plans, but sometimes the plans and real life just don’t match. It will cost extra of course for him to lower them but my guess is that it will just take a couple of hours and maybe just a little cussing under his breath. πŸ™‚ These guys are good at their jobs and they’re always nice when we ask for a little change or a slight variation. Who knows what they say about us (me) when we’re not around, but they sure have me fooled.

Stay tuned this week. Electric, HVAC & the chimney mason all converge on 67 Boardwalk. I can’t wait!

Stuff ‘n Things

Wow, I am really running out of good titles! Soon my posts will be things like TOILETS!, GROUT!, HVAC SYSTEM! But for now I’ll tellΒ  you about some advances in the construction project that happened this week.


Ooh La La!

The French door arrived!Β  This is the back porch and the entrance we’ll use 90% of the time. The door on the right will be stationary and we’ll open the one on the left. If you’re wondering why the heck this matters, I guess you don’t know Jim Burlingame very well. The man pretended to walk in the house with a bag of groceries for about 20 minutes and analyzed the most efficient way to enter, and which door should open in. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with an engineering degree so this stuff matters to him. Plus he’s just a major GOOBER and his mind is always spinning. Don’t ever ask him a question about math, science, military doctrine or rockets unless you have at LEAST 30 minutes to hear the answer.

Chris’ crew also added the underskirt to the house.


All the houses in our hood have these planks between the brick piers. There are all different styles, but we like the horizontal pattern with a little frame around it. These will be painted the same green as the dormers and will be a slightly darker shade from the body of the house.



Ooops! No Skirt!

The underskirt will only go on the front and the right side of the house since we dug the foundation in on the left and in the back. Basically the ground will be built up and the grass will hit just the bottom trim board. It’s the same in the back. We wanted the house to be as low as possible for a few reasons. I’ll leave you hangin’ for now though.


Siding and window trim!

The siding is 95% finished and all the windows are installed and trimmed up. This is the side of the house that Martha & Irl will look at so I hope they think it’s pretty. After it’s painted and the chimney is bricked, I think they’ll find it most easy on the eyes. πŸ™‚

We’re off for a little vaca this week and you better believe I’m going to be on pins and needles while I’m gone. I’m sure the crew will be quite relieved to be able to work without an pestery old lady taking pictures and asking questions all day! When we return, the chimney will be completely bricked plus the HVAC system will be mostly completed. AND THE ROOFERS COME THIS WEEK!!!Β  I’m going to miss all that! I do hope Kauai will be worth it. I told Irl I’m bringing him a coconut bra. πŸ™‚


Goodbye my sweet little casa! See you on Friday.


I’ve Got the SHAKES!

We wanted our house to look “cottage-y” so of course we had to have some cedar shakes on the dormers. They finished the front last Friday and we’re more than pleased with the results!


So Shakey!

They look great but don’t tell anyone that they’re FAKE! Some of the houses in our hood have real cedar shakes and they look so pretty, but the fake kind that come in strips are made from that durable Hardiboard material. Chris installed them in a random pattern and if you didn’t know it, you’d think they were real. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty close.

We’ll also have them on the two small dormers in the back of the house but the area over the window is so small they’l hardly show up at all. Since we plan to paint the shakes a slightly darker green than the body of the house, they’ll show up nicely.

Chris’ crew also finished installing all the windows and framing them. Plus the siding is almost completely done! It’s looking so cute now!


So this is the view from the Pink House porch by the end of the week.


Ta Da!

The tech wiring guy, the floor guy and the cabinet/granite guy all came at the same time Friday morning, but between Jim, our builders Gary & GT and little ol’ me, we got everything discussed and covered. I talked to the floor guy since that was the easiest. “Um, put some pretty wood here on…the…floor?” Actually there was a bitΒ  more to it, but I managed to convey our plan. the next big things now are the metal roof, and THEN THEY CAN PAINT THE EXTERIOR! YAY!!! I need to lie down. Until next week. πŸ™‚

Plumbing & Windows & Doors, OH MY!

We saw some real progress last week at the Green House. The plumbers began doing what they do and it was way over my head. Here are few pics of preliminary plumbing work.


Oh my beloved soaking tub! How I have missed thee.

And this scary monster is upstairs next to the potty room. This blue and red spider is the mega brain of the system. He and Mr. Water Heater share this little area.


Plumbing is kinda boring to me, but hey, it’s one step closer to finishing so that’s good. Now on to something really fun…WINDOWS!


The sitting area in our master bedroom. A very cute view of the Pink House from here.

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Taken from the back porch looking at my kitchen sink window.

For those who know me well, you’ll understand that I have used great restraint to refrain making a joke about the Russel “Do It” Center. I’ll leave my many friends with unclean minds to make their own.

Only one of our kitties enjoys the construction process. Tony is master of all he surveys. We’re thinking of getting him a little kitty tool belt.


Dis my house!

Rowdy, however is constantly looking for places to hide from the big scary men with the loud tools.


I should be safe in this linen closet!

The exterior of the house is starting to look friendlier with the windows installed. The small dormers in the back remind me of eyes.


I see you!

And as of last Friday this is how the front looked.


Sa-Weet! πŸ™‚


Place. πŸ™‚

Did I scare you! Sorry. We got a fireplace and chimney this week! Yay! The Acme Brick crew came out and it took three days to finish the whole thing. Jim wanted an ISOKERN fireplace and I had to look that one up. It’s a brick material fireplace that contains lava rock. It comes in pieces and they put it together on site. It reminded me of playing with Legos. Verrrrry heavy Legos. Here are the pictures of the process.


This gentleman had a nice smile…and muscles. Sorry Jim, you have nice muscles too.

As the bricks went up and up I started to get nervous watching the scaffolding rise with so much weight on it.



Toward the end, a little guy was on the roof stacking the heavy pieces by himself. I took this picture, but then went inside the Pink House. I couldn’t watch any more.


Cray Cray!

When they finished it was fun to see how this side of the house was going to look. I love the three little graduated windows that follow the stair well. I’ll use these to keep a close eye on my neighbor Irl. You really gotta watch that guy!


The final day, they put the brick inside the fireplace. I had a choice of herringbone and I think most people like that, but I thought the subway pattern was a little more old-fashioned. What do you think?


I love these high windows on either side. Since this wall looks out on to my neighbors carport we put them higher so we wouldn’t be looking at their cars and boat. Mind you, Martha and Irl have two lovely cars and a cute boat, but I much preferred to view the sky and trees instead.Β  Call me crazy. Plus you just can’t have too many surveillance windows to keep tabs on “you know who.”

Finally I was happy to get front steps this week. They have a slightly steep rise, but nothing too uncomfortable. It couldn’t be helped since there was precious little room for them. They actually touch the sidewalk.


So this is what my casa looks like as of the close of the week. We are so happy how it’s turning out. If you’re walking by please feel free to go inside and poke around. There’s a broom and trash can if you’re in the mood. πŸ™‚


Slow Week

The framers were only here one day last week, but I do have a couple of new additions to our house that made me pretty happy. I had a wild idea to put an arch between the kitchen and dining room but was unsure how big of a deal this would be. Often changes or additions are impossible after framing has begun, but Chris created this in about 20 minutes at a nominal extra cost. I think it’s going to make a nice feature and will look great after the drywall goes up.


So, this view is from me standing in the dining room looking into the kitchen.Β  There is a pantry on the left and my kitchen sink window on the right wall. There will be an island in the center just under the archway. It’s hard to visualize with just a bunch of studs but maybe you get the picture.

As of this moment, ACME brick is installing our fireplace and Chris and his crew are installing my front steps. Needless to say, I’m a happy girl today. New pictures to follow tomorrow. πŸ™‚


What a Difference a WEEK Makes!

A lot of stuff happened to our house this week. The framers worked on the dormers and back porch and it was fun to see the house take shape.

Ten ft. back porch with hipped roof.

The back is almost cuter than the front. I love the little dormers.

Tongue & groove underneath. GROOVY!

Michael & his crew came back to pour the foundation for the wood-burning fireplace.

Up goes the frame for the carport.

And this is how the front looked at the close of the work day.

Jim and I are very happy about the progress this week. The only grumbles in the Burlingame home came from two kitties who are upset that my blog has been taken over with construction updates. Mulder and Rowdy miss being the focus of the KITTYBUNNYCHICKEN, so here are two cute pictures of them.

Mulder’s favorite position. He’s such a weirdo!

Princess Rowdy always finds the softest spots in the house for her plump little bod.

Stay tuned for house and kitty updates! I’m having way too much fun. πŸ™‚