Notes, 21 Sept. 2015

  • The vanities are shipping from Bathroomplace.com.
  • Capstone Electric reports it has a source to get 6-inch and 4-inch LEDs for the recessed ceiling cans at a savings of 40+ percent over previous bids.
  • SouthStar Bank reports it has approved the evidence of insurance it needed from Ranserve and will not need to impose a $6,000 insurance policy on the Leons. Steven asks for this decision in writing.
  • Ron Dahlke reports we may be ready to inspect the drywall screw patterns by mid-week, then proceed to taping and floating.
  • Steven and Ron opt for the 3.5-inch-by-10-inch rectangular exhaust vent for the kitchen hood after Ron calculates airflow restrictions, if any, using trigonometry and calculus help from Matt at Ranserve.
  • Aaron at Central Texas Custom Cabinets is funded by draw #3 and construction of the kitchen cabinets is underway.
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Third bay

One question Steven has asked from before completing the purchase of Emerald Hill is … “is it possible to add a third garage bay to the existing two-car garage?’

After much debate and discussion, after Michelle and Mark at Ranserve put a $35,000 estimated price on this “wish-list” item, Jacquela turned to Steven one day and said “I think it will add a lot of value and function to the house and we should do it.”

Permission!

Steven asked Brett to turn ideas into sketches and plans. Brett contacted a structural engineer to figure out how to put this thing together while taking out and tying into the back wall and roof of the existing garage.

The site plan showing the house, existing garage, and the location for the projected third bay.
The site plan showing the house, existing garage, and the location for the projected third bay.

Today, Brett reports that Austin Energy surveyed the telephone poles and power lines running parallel with the back property line — and confirmed that the proposed addition will be more than five feet away from the power lines. That’s the “green light” we needed for this months-long, slow-cooking, skunkworks idea turned project.

The floorplan of the remodeled house, with the third bay added at the back of the existing two-car garage.
The floorplan of the remodeled house, with the third bay added at the back of the existing two-car garage.

The first thing to understand is … we don’t need this garage, it’s not absolutely necessary … but it will make the house that much more functional and unique. We don’t see a lot of houses with three garage bays in the neighborhood when we drive Northwest Hills — but this is not a competition. Instead, Jadin will be driving in just about two years. Steven needs a home for his power tools and table saw. We have lived in two houses with three garage bays and it spoils you. There are bicycles. There will be storage space.

Simply, it just makes sense.

A simple shed roof exposed to the sun, in case we can afford to mount solar photovoltaics. A 10-foot wide garage door; nothing will have to squeeze through. With tons of storage in a loft above the car and along the extended south wall. With workshop space on the west wall opposite the garage door.
A simple shed roof exposed to the sun, in case we can afford to mount solar photovoltaics. A 10-foot wide garage door; nothing will have to squeeze through. With tons of storage in a loft above the car and along the extended south wall. With workshop space on the west wall opposite the garage door.

The plan is for Ranserve to submit the plans to the City of Austin this week. Then we wait, patiently, hoping for approval and permits.

The west elevation, where the workshop and power tools will find home.
The west elevation, where the workshop and power tools will find home.
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