June 9, 2009
we’re moved out (mostly) and settled in (somewhat) at the new place. i was cleaning out the old house on the weekend and felt like apologizing for what was about to happen – the damage and destruction we are about to impose on our poor unsuspecting home.
have been jumping through hoops at city hall. unfortunately, we seem to have triggered all of the expensive by-laws (and Vancouver has many of them), and I paid the city $14K for upgrading the sewer and water connections. I just about passed out when I found out what it would cost. And we still have to cover the cost of the digging/line replacement on our side of the property line! not to mention the sprinklers. argh.
on the upside, the contractor is ready and raring to go. He starts tomorrow, putting up tree barriers and dissembling the kitchen cabinets (we’re going to reuse them in the laundry room). He also had some good suggestions for salvaging/reusing some of the original fixtures.We’re trying to get the structural engineer out for a site visit (i find it amazing that they can do all of the drawings without actually seeing the house). He has called for replacing the existing main beam in the basement, which is old-growth Douglas fir. It’s a huge chunk of wood. The house is rock-solid, the floors are level, etc. Why replace it when it works great? Plus, this sounds like it could be a money-saver, which would be a Good Thing.
Got 19 strawberries out of the garden yesterday. Yummy.