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It’s Heatin’ Up

Even with the short week we still managed to get a lot done. The plumber is almost done now and I had the hvac guy come through and he roughed in the whole house in 2 days. I installed a Goodman 70,000 btu central heat system only with all new ducts. It was a breath of fresh “air” not to have to do the full central air system because in most areas in San Diego you don’t even need air conditioning. These guys don’t mess around in this town, he rolled in with 6 helpers and they knocked it out. What a change from “Land of Manana” as we called San Antonio, where most workers only did the bare minimum, never showed up and just squeaked by since the cost of living is so low there. Thanks to my buddy Curtis Gabhart from Gabhart Investments for the referral! Check out his site if you want to see how the big boys are rehabbing here in San Diego.

I always bring the hvac sub contractor through second, then finally my electrician will come Monday and start with my 200 amp rewire and new service. The best news all week was that I finally appear to have approval from the Historical Review Board. The City Planner emailed me late Friday and said I could come pick up my plans. My project has been under review for over 4 weeks now, luckily they stamped my structural and mechanical plans right away so I could get started. If everything was approved then I officially have the permit and I’m free to start calling for inspections and can move forward faster. I’ll call for the foundation inspection first so he can check our forms and rebar, then we can pour Wednesday. Next I’ll call in for framing inspection so I can then put the roof on. Finally I’ll call for rough-in inspections on all 3 trades so I can then hang insulation and drywall the house up. It seems like a lot but I’m really not that far away from getting it sealed up.

I was a little surprised about code differences between here and in Texas, seems with all the regulations here in California they would be a little more strict on the duct work but evidently you don’t even have to put “pookie” on the registers or plenum. In Texas with the summer heat they were really strict on the system install but then again this is heat only and no a/c. Right now it’s 68 degrees and sunny. Sorry, to my friends in San Antonio already sweating in 100 degree, 80% humidity.. its going to be a long summer!

The San Diego Real Estate market saw some price slippage, in May there was a 4% decrease from year-over-year prices. Nationally, the 20-City Case Shiller Metro home prices are already in double-dip territory but we aren’t there yet even with the large decrease. I attribute most of this to the artificial market and tax credit last Spring, if the government would just stay out of everything and let the markets correct naturally I think we’d be in a better place. Here’s a good article by Rich Toscano over at Voice of San Diego.org.

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  2. By enplaned on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    You seem to be moving like the wind, especially given the regulatory issues. Very impressive.

    I was kind of relieved to see this:

    “I’ll call for the foundation inspection first so he can check our forms and rebar, then we can pour Wednesday.”

    I thought maybe you’d poured and you weren’t sharing any pics with us. Is there any reason the pour hasn’t happened already other than getting an inspector in?

  3. By Tom on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    @enplaned I finally got approval from the historical review board today so I have called in for inspections on foundation and framing for tomorrow. I couldnt pour the concrete because the inspector needs to verify that I have prepared the forms according to code so he will look for himself at the trench depth and the rebar configuration. I’ll post soon with all the gory details. Thanks for commenting!

  4. By Matt Kearney on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Tom,

    Is it common not to have central air in San Diego? I would think with the warm climate most people would want it.

    I’ve never been to San Diego…. maybe it stays in the 60’s-70’s year round and like you said, most areas don’t need it.

    Educate this Yankee from the East Coast. Lol

  5. By Tom on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Haha Matt. Yes a lot of homes in San Diego don’t have or need air conditioning. In fact none of the houses I’ve owned or rented had it. Keep in mind I’ve always lived along the coast, if you get 30 minutes inland of course you would want it in a few summer months and of course even all the high end homes no matter where they are have it. It’s commonly 68-75 degrees, sunny with low humidity all summer and occasionally it gets in the 80’s. There’s maybe 2 months in the summer it gets a little too warm where you would want it. The electric rates here in California are out of control and I’ve been actually seeing quite a few solar installs happening. I hope all is well, have a good summer.

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