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Construction Update – South Park

Just over 4 months since I poured the foundation on our Modern Bungalow, we are making progress over in South Park, walk through with me and let me know what you think. The grey interior colors might appear a little soft but don’t let that fool you. Once I get the warmth from the hardwood floor refinishing, and my bold surprise cabinet choices, it will all work. I’m moving straight into tile now and concrete flat work outside. My electrician is trimming out and we just passed the meter inspection Friday so I can call SDG&E now to get the power moved from my temporary pole to the house. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for following!

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  1. 17 Comment(s)

  2. By Chris on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    house coming out nice, whats the story behind your thumb injury?

  3. By Curtis Gabhart on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Coming out pretty sweet Tom. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Great color combo,

    In your master bath What additional lighting are you adding?

    We are doing the pendants again in our beach colony Reno and am trying to decide on how many canned lights for a typical size bathroom.

  4. By Tom on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Curtis.. In the master bath there are 2 recessed lights that serve the vanity area and the wet room, switched separately. The vanity additionally has the two mid sized pendants hanging in front of the big mirror. Should be enough I think because of the pendant design. In the water closet there are only fan/light combo’s that come on together.

  5. By Teddy on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome! The interior painted doors look great.

  6. By Bilgefisher on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like you have been having fun on this one.


  7. By Stacey on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow!! That place looks amazing–will you post another video after the floors are done and the kitchen is in?? Those floors are going to look fantastic, and that master suite is beautiful!

  8. By Tom on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Stacey. For sure, will do another video. The floors will give the house the warmth it needs and the kitchen colors will also be bold. The greys can look a little soft and sterile if you don’t have the wood floors to warm it up. Thanks for the comment.

  9. By Ms Sassy on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Excellent work. I love the door design.  8 inch baseboards…nice!

  10. By tj & the bear on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Getting close!

  11. By Philip on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, I love real estate and very into doing what you do. Having said that, how can you make a profit from these homes you are doing when it looks like all the restoration to the house is so extreme and high cost. How are you recouping these costs that you are putting into your houses? Do you primarily flip houses or keep them to rent out? I assume in this economy you rent out allot more than you flip.

  12. By Tom on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Philip,

    It’s really simple and just comes down to basic math. You make your money when you buy the house. These aren’t retail purchases, most projects we aquire at 50-70% of retail value and then work within a budget that pays back a dollar for every dollar in rehab cost. All these houses were sold for profit, not rented.

  13. By Tammy on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the address of your modern bungalow project? Would love to check it out as I live in South Park myself. A friend has been following your blog and it sparked an interest.
    Thank you!

  14. By Tom on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Tammy, I sent you the address, thanks for following! If you see a white Chevrolet truck there stop by and I will show it to you.

  15. By Sheldon on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    nice idea with the electric car charger wiring!

  16. By kyoung on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Really like the modern tweak on the craftsman Tom. I hope you make bank on this one, quite a bit of time and hard work ,always a quality job and a house anyone would be proud to own.

  17. By Steve on Jan 18, 2018 | Reply

    I have a question. I am on a local landmark commission in East Texas (Mount Vernon). We have question about the use of the angled skirting on arts and crafts bungalows. We have several bungalows in our town with that type of skirting. We need to be able to explain to our citizens why they were used initially in construction and why they should be replaced appropriately to retain the historical integrity of the property. Can you shed any light on the historic use of these types skirtings, etc. I noticed you used this type skirting to rebuild a porch (in one of your pics). Thanks so much.

  18. By Tom on Jan 18, 2018 | Reply

    Great question. I never understood why the skirt siding sloped out at the bottom until we started renovating these old homes. In Texas, there is no perimeter stem wall like here in CA. The house just site on posts and piers. The outside walls of the house carry the load so the posts around the outside that support the house are very important. What we saw was that it was necessary to angle the skirt out to clear the footing (pier). It could also be to get rain water away from the foundation. The best method has a galvanized flashing at the bottom so the wood will not be in contact with the dirt to avoid rot. So its my feeling that it is sloped to clear the outside piers and to get water away from these piers as well. Most foundation problems are due to the outside sinking. I hope that helps, we always wanted to redo these homes as they were originally so I never really gave it much thought but kind of discovered this along the way.

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