It was exciting to get the email from Dwell magazine about a pictorial of the house... and even more exciting to have a former student say "Hey, I saw your house!" (and send the pictures from the iPad version) before we ever got to see it in print.
We recently purchased a set of LG laundry machines from Pacific Sales... our Bosch Nexxt units finally needed so much repair that new ones were in the cards.
In short order, Matt at Pacific Sales got us great deals on new machines and arranged delivery. The sales side was great... not "sales-y" at all (which has been our experience at Pacific Sales -- everyone we've talked to over the years have been really great).
However, the delivery and install crew came today. I was not home to oversee and I'm sorry I was not.
It's depressing to post something that didn't work out, but it happens and hopefully someone out there might have some insight.
As you might have seen on the blog, we built a pool and a deck. The pool is working well — a few issues, but overall a successful install. The deck frame is working well — again, a few issues, but overall it's solid and working.
The deck wood, however, is not working well... not by a long shot.
In addition to the Integrated CSSU (with built-in speakers), we're seeing a lot of possibilities in the realm of AV and media storage solutions — the latest is the CSSU-LP... a shelving unit designed specifically around the storage of 12in vinyl records.
Although the air cleaner has been working well, I've been doing more and more work in the workshop lately and I've been needing ventilation in addition to air filtering. Of course I can open the garage doors, but that's not always neighborly or practical.
The previous owners installed a window in the garage and we replaced it with the other windows in the house. Having a window is great, but still not enough.
Last week, I ordered some fans and today, I made a frame to hold everything together to slide into the window frame. The design of the windows makes this quite easy. The flow is great -- over 1500CFMs -- and when not in use, it can be removed. When in place, a simple window lock (and the adjacent window) keeps everything secure and in place.
We've been busy this summer... we built a MicroEichler.
We had an opportunity to add some usable space to the yard when we removed a concrete pad that had been heaved by an adjacent tree. We had been looking at many of the pre-fab options like ModernShed and BackyardEichlers, but they not only seemed to expensive, but not quite right for the space (nice, but not for us). We wanted an exact replica of the house... so we created our own for a lot less money.
We'll feature more details about the construction in the next few weeks as well as launching the site MicroEichler.com (in progress)... and in the case you'd like one of your very own, drop us a line.
We had some interior painting to do today and I used this paint on the interior of a garage… I was simply looking for a low-cost white paint that didn't cost $45/gallon. At $15 -- almost 1/3 the price of Behr premium paint -- this performed well. I sprayed and back-rolled the walls and sprayed the trim. This was on new drywall which was both prep-coated and primed. I used the flat finish (the picture is a stock one and shows eggshell)... Results: Good.
One of the things that Eichler owners are often nervous about is their sliding doors. They're generally original to the house and hard to find parts for. We've got a small stash of handles, but were always under the assumption that the rollers were either impossible to replace or that parts weren't available.
Then Bret and Mary Peyton got their doors repaired and tipped us off to American Sliding Door. Today, Ranko came by to give new life to the sliders. The cost was just under $200/door, but it was worth is as the doors now work like new. Ran did a great job in tuning them up, too — finessing the lock, track and frame... a true "tune up".
Ran took the doors off, disassembled the frame and slid in new rollers. While it looked easy, considering the sanctity of the doors, I'll let him be the expert and do his job. I discussed a few question that some of our readers have asked in the past and he seemed to think he could fix things like locks and handles, etc.
If your sliders are in need of repair, give him a call (and tell him we sent you): 925-285-5443
4094 Wilson Lane is for sale. I have to say: it's one of the tidiest homes I've ever been in.
Rather than list out all of the things that are pretty obvious from the photos* (and list good/bad features), simply take a look and judge for yourself. I've also posted the realtor's flyer at the bottom, too. If you have questions, check it out in person Saturday or Sunday (Sept. 27th and 28th). It's listed at $560K.
Click on the photos for higher-res versions.
* Things not completely apparent in the photos: the radiant heat does work and yes, those are forced air HVAC ducts in the ceiling -- for additional heat and cooling.