Saturday, February 23, 2008

Our Floor Plan

I found my floor plan on the internet and an exterior drawing. I thought folks might be interested to see what it's supposed to look like when it's done.

Friday, February 22, 2008

More progress

It's starting to look like a house! Here I am standing in the kitchen or at least that's what it's going to be. The floor is on and the framing material is on site. My framers are at Disneyland this weekend but starting Monday we will see walls start to go up. Now is when it starts to get exciting (and stressfull). I admit I'm a little over the top with the house but I have been dreaming of building our house for a long time and now that it's a reality, I'm like a kid at Christmas!

Penny thinks I've lost my mind because I wake up in the morning with "how do feel about travertine tile in the bathroom?". I also spend hours on the computer researching suppliers on the internet. My obsession has paid off though. I have found some great deals on flooring, fixtures and other stuff. The problem with being an appraiser is that I am in some beautiful homes every day and my tastes tend to exceed my wallet but I have found that you can replicate an expensive look for a lot less money. For example, I am using granite tile for my countertops instead of granite slabs. This alone is saving me thousands. I am doing some really cool things on the house that I will show you later as the house progresses. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Check Spelling
Since it has been snowing and the progress on the house has been slowed for the moment, I thought I would talk about one of my other obsessions, my Cobra. I purchased it as a rolling chassis about 3 1/2 years ago. I put the motor and transmission in it and got it running. The original engine I bought turned out to be junk. After blowing head gaskets, swapping heads and other parts, I took it to a friend who is a mechanic here in Show Low, Andrew Burgess. He discovered the block was bad and since water doesn't lubricate as well as oil does, most of the internal parts had to be replaced as well. He found a good 351 block and installed a "stroker" kit to up the cubic inches to 392. Most of these set ups put out in the neighborhood of 430 horsepower! This is in a car that ways only 2300 lb.s or about 1000 lb.s less than a mustang. I am storing it at Cameron & Bethanies garage until mine is built. I am going to go on some runs this winter in the valley. As mid life crisis go, this is better than a mistress!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Taking a Snow Day

This is the front of the house looking to the rear.
This is the driveway looking west. Nice view huh?
15 years of draught and when I want to build a house, this is what we get!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Hi Everybody

We are Sean and Penny Comerford. We live in Show Low, AZ and the reason we have started this blog is to keep people posted on the progress of our new house. Yes, we sold the house we lived in for 17 years and are building a new one! The foundaton is in and the floor will start being framed next week. I will post pictures of the progress as it goes along.