Happy New Year

Well it is officially 2008 and has been for about 48 hours now. To start off the year we got some good news. First, we received a new bid for our fancy septic system that was $12k less than our original bid. That is pretty nice! Like all things that LA County is making us do, this septic system is totally over the top. It is created by a company called MicroSepTec.

 

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The MicroSepTec EnviroServer ES (yep that is right EnviroServer!)

 

It is a five chamber system that basically puts out extremely clean water with no particulates greater than 1/16″ in size, and the thing can be remotely monitored! The second piece of news is that we might have found a way to build a detail that we really wanted. The architects had spec’d a shadow line reveal using a product from Fry Reglet called a Z-reveal. Sean said we could save about $6k from removing this detail so we pulled it. However, talking to our friend Dudley, he mentioned another option that wouldn’t require anything other than a standard L-bracket corner molding and some black paint. I have the drawing at home and will post ASAP. I hope this will work or that some similar option will because I think it is a really cool detail. Based Dudley’s drawings and google it seems there should be plenty of options to do shadow reveals.

 

As for the progress on the house, well, it has been slow. We had a number of days we had to wait due to rain and then the holidays came. Now that they are over we have a nice storm coming our way!

 

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The storm is supposed to hit Thursday night, we are hoping to be able to start pouring concrete on Tuesday. Right now our drillers are back on site and clearing out the remaining three caisson holes. They are going to drill a few feet extra in case we get mud forming at the bottom of the holes. The biggest change from my last posting is that we have re-graded the hill to a more natural state. Other than that we have few changes.

 

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You can see the four top caissons and get a feel for the natural grade.

 

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That is the natural grade of the top, it is pretty steep! The flat pad is where the drill will be working today.

 

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Looking up at our site with a new grade.

 

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The drill rig is waiting for its driver.

 

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Another gorgeous day!

 

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