Wanna know where I don’t see all these things? In the actual back yards of actual people, or to be more specific, in the back yards of people who don’t have a dedicated groundskeeping and housekeeping staff.
Where Did They Go?
We’ve been having some trouble getting some of our smaller tasks done, because our usual sources of contract workers are no longer as reliable as they once were. One day this week, Carol spent a whole day trying to get the right person to fix an air conditioning issue on a project. The wrong person said they’d done it and wanted payment, but the unit actually wasn’t fixed. The person we’d asked to go to the location had never showed up. Another guy wasn’t answering the phone. And the one we like best had recently been yelled at by another contractor and was hesitant to go out. SIGH. (Details have been slightly changed here.)
One reason that we, along with others in this line of work, are finding qualified subcontractors hard to find is that a lot of people have headed over to east and south Texas to get good work repairing hurricane damage. We certainly don’t begrudge folks in great need from getting their houses repaired, but in the short run, we may expect to find people with certain skills (like drywall!) harder to find.
In the last update about the Taylor Homestead, we told you that the nearly 100-year-old pier-and-beam house had been jacked up and leveled. Which is a great thing when a house is about 2 to 3 inches out of level from one side of the house to the other. Since that time, we’ve had a couple of substantial, rare-for-Texas-summer rainstorms, including, thankfully, just a brush with Hurricane Harvey. Taylor got anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rain and wind gusts not much higher than 35 mph during Harvey. As the project manager, I’ve kept my eye on the sparrow—AKA the level—and am happy to report no movement in our foundation. Also, none of the many trees surrounding the house came down or caused any damage to the house or the outbuildings. Whew!
We still need to build a berm around the Taylor Homestead to prevent, or at least stem, future significant movement of the foundation (it’s going to move—all houses do—but we want to keep that movement to a minimum), but that won’t be done until nearly the end of the project since there will be a lot of people working and walking around the perimeter of the house, probably stomping down the berm, which would defeat its intended purpose.
Yes, we’re into the ninth week of our six-week renovation on the Roadrunner house. How did that happen? Continue reading
Our team in San Antonio, led by our project manager, Frank Davey, is moving very quickly through the rehab of the Meadow Arbor 2 house. We hope the new tenants across the street (hooray, Meadow Arbor 1 really IS leased!) are enjoying watching them work.
Last week we showed you that the outside was painted. This week, the inside also got painted a nice neutral gray color with white trim. The kitchen is also gray and white. The cabinet doors were in the process of being painted white the day these pictures were taken.
This living room photo also shows the kitchen cabinets! How handy. This room looks so big painted the way it is. And you can see some of the bedrooms in the gallery below. These used to be brightly colored and trashed by kids. Ah, not anymore!