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New Concrete & SA Slippage

Over at our historical renovation, The Target House, we took care of the new concrete driveway and garage foundation this week. My contractor is charging around $3.00/s.f. for a job like this including demo and haul off, we poured 2000 s.f.  The concrete was an important part of this project, the original 1923 driveway width was more suitable for a Model T rather than a soccer mom SUV. Additionally, since our lot is sloped and I excavated such a deep cavity under the room addition for the peir and beam foundation it was imperative to prevent any water from entering the crawl space so the new driveway & curb will divert all rain and roof run off down the driveway. You’ll also notice in the video we are rough sanding the hardwood floors even before we hang drywall. This is a little trick I learned in cases where there are bad stains and smells. Sanding the wood takes the finish off and opens the pores in the wood so it can breathe and dry out. We’ll start bleaching out any stains and then once we are ready to refinish the floors possible do a bit more patching in any areas that still need it. Since my plan on this house is to go light with the floors I wont be able to hide anything with the dark stain. The last thing I want to do is go all dark on my brand new wood floors just to try and hide 4-5 stains up front on the existing portion of the house. We passed framing inspection and the insulation is now hung. Once we pass insulation inspection Monday we’ll be free to finally hang the drywall so I’ve got a delivery for 180 12′ sheets on Monday.

The May San Antonio real estate market stats were released this week and although activity was up nearly 20% the median price dropped almost 4% from last year. I normally don’t put a lot of weight on median prices anyway but there were certainly more less-expensive homes selling due to the buyer bait program. The higher transactions were also obviously a result thereof. After 2 consecutive months of low foreclosure numbers, SA now jumped up by 34% for the July auction and is on track for a record high 2010 number. I think the market will be slowing as Summer settles in, let’s hope home prices don’t continue to slip.

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  2. By enplaned on Jun 20, 2010 | Reply

    Man, can’t wait to see the finished product — do you have a target date in mind for the target house?

    Love that the garage is in the back of the house — having garage doors face the street (which is pretty much the norm for almost all new construction) is kinda ugly.

    Great work…

  3. By Tom on Jun 20, 2010 | Reply

    It will be done this summer..the plan was July but running a little slower from weather delays and sub contractor drama. Thanks for the comments!

  4. By Cgabhart on Jul 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tom,
    Did I read the post correctly that you are only paying 3 bucks a foot for concrete?
    Congrats on the blogs top 20 status

  5. By Tom on Jul 9, 2010 | Reply

    yea Curtis. 3 bucks a square foot. That includes labor and materials. These guys are using rebar as well, its actually cheaper than mesh right now anyway. These prices are probably higher in CA, there are several concrete plants here in town so the material is running about $65.00 per yard, not sure what it is there. I had a good San Diego concrete guy, I can try and find his number for you. I cant remember what he was charging by the foot, what prices are you hearing?

  6. By Jbirdfunk on Jul 10, 2010 | Reply

    I’d love that concrete guy info as well!

    Great site, Tom. I’ve been going through all of it since I found it several days ago..

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