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Mama_Tee
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Postby Mama_Tee » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:14 am

Glenn and I can help with general labor. No professional skills but we've done our share of tearing down and putting up!

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Postby MrsX » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:47 pm

Well, since I am officially employed as a project manager, Mr. X has tapped me to help organize and get things rolling. (Hey, I make computer chips, not buildings, but I can organize stuff!) The owner is having an important city inspection tomorrow, if that goes well she has 180 day reprieve not to have to demolish the place. She is also going to redo the wood on the back of the house, so we don't have to worry about that.

Assuming that goes well, the next major task is to get permits for water and electrical, as those apparently are what distinguish a "house under renovation" from a "big eyesore and fire hazard." Jason, we'd appreciate your help in getting plans drawn up to submit for permits. The owner has some drawings, and we're going to see if we can put our hands on the original plans through Mrs. Beadle & Co. Once we pass that hurdle, the real work can start (as it is hard to do much of anything with no water and no electricity to run equipment). The house originally was connected through the rear, but new lines have since been run in the front and there is no water meter, electrical panel, or anything.

I'll be contacting everyone that offered to help over the next few days to get contact info, etc. Thanks to everyone! The owner really loves the house, and is eager to get it back to ship-shape. It may not all happen quickly, so try to keep your enthusiasm up and we'll keep you posted!

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Postby YuriArtibise » Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:01 pm

Please add me to the 'help list'... I have a lot of enthusiasm and a little strength to offer.

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Postby JC » Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:24 am

Maybe we should have an official "Save White Gates" meeting- discussion day at the premises?
Architects and Designers/ handymen and contractors are welcome....

-just an idea...

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Postby j-megirl » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:11 pm

jc is so right!

mod-god forbid this project turn into another "co-op", the group dissolved before the 1st meeting.

talk is cheap.

weekends are good for me- mrs.X !
Proj- on ' til the break of dawn!

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Postby MrX » Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:12 am

We will have some sort of get together in the near future. Maybe a wine cooler tasting party would suffice.

I am still tying to match the needs of the owners to what we can provide. At the moment, I think the most valuable thing that we have provided is inspiration. And that means that the house is still standing- which is a good thing.

There are also some liability issues I am trying to navigate in my little pea brain. Like what if JC accidentally takes a chainsaw and hacks his leg off. Where do we stand(or hop) then?

A couple of nights ago MrsX went out to the house to investigate why the lot was filled with cars. One of the problem neighbors had a cow about this and called the owners to attempt to deliver this cow to them over the telephone lines. So MrsX discovered that a house up the way that gets rented out for parties apparently has their catering staff use the place as a parking lot. Long story short, the caterers are idiots, the police were called, and people got mad.

Just a note to everyone here- for the time being please don't go over to the house unless prearranged with me, MrsX, or the homeowner. This will help the issues we are dealing with with the neighbors. The incident with the dimwitted caterers didn't help, even though it was beyond our control.

My schedule has opened up now that I have passed an exam that I was preparing for for a long time, so I will be better in tune to what MrsX is now trying to coordinate. She is perfect for that job.

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Postby Cody Carpenter » Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:54 pm

I'm in dudes. I sure I contribute something to the project.

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Postby jasonasteele » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:47 pm

Wow! This ball is starting to roll now!

I'm in for all above requested items. What a great team we've assembled. Is it going to play out like those fantastic episodes of A-TEAM when the guys got together, cobbled together some contraption in a farmers barn to save the town from a gang of miscreants with bad hair and nylon jackets?

When this is all said and done, I just want first stab at taking pics of the beaut!

If we had some serious financial backing, maybe this could be an annual event or ongoing preservation foundation. Kind of like a habitat for humanity type cause, but saving good architecture as well. They profiled something like that on The New This Old House a couple of seasons ago on the east coast.

http://www.azpreservation.org/

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Postby nichefindyours » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:53 am

Count us in as well.

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Postby marc » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:46 am

hey im in...not sure of what help i could be but i can screw things up just as good as the next guy :).

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Postby MrsX » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:21 pm

Thank you all for your interest!

I have a couple of tiles from the front that I'm trying to match (that MrX posted pics of before). Does anyone have a source for funky tile? Locally or online? Allison, do you have any students looking for a great ceramics project? :)

Another thing that I need help with is determining the 'official architecture name' of the place. IIRC, there is a notation in the Constructions book about the house. In the section where it lists his works and the dates in the back, it lists 'Beadle House _' on White Gates Drive. Does anyone have a copy they can look up which one it is? Thanks!

Things seemed to have calmed down, the city is mollified, the neighbors were glad to see that the owners responded when they complained, and are anxious to have work start on the house. The electricity and water are really the first steps, so we'll get Jason the info he needs to start working on those.

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Postby MrX » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:57 pm

The Beadle family has let me know that Al would have wanted to update the interior, so recreating every last thread of carpeting and fixture won't be a priority.

They also reinforced Al's affection for carports and they described some of the prestigious "rides" that he had over the years: Rolls Royce Silverclouds, Lamborghinis , Jags etc. The kids always felt a little funny when dad would drop them off at school in one of these.
He loved carports and loved to stock them with fine automobiles. "a garage would hide the cars, a carport would show everyone what you drive and he was about the ride."

We are still in the phase of getting a clear picture of how the ball is rolling right now. One or two more face to face meetings with the homeowner and I should be able to determine what would need to be accomplished at a general meeting of all of us.

Original plans are being located, and the Beadle family is providing the input we hoped to get from them.

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Postby j-megirl » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:44 pm

can we get one thing straight first? this is not a ; for DUDES only project, and i am not a DUDE (not even on a bad day) so if you, mophoCC, dont mind, please refrain from "testosteronal ver-bage"
(nice huh) when addressing the beadle - blog.

mophoho's own power tools , if youre nice, we'll teach you how to use them....

ouch!! i think my bra just caught on fire :wink:
Proj- on ' til the break of dawn!

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Postby Cody Carpenter » Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:12 am

She's goin to be a good one.
Bring it on

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Postby j-megirl » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:59 pm

this is hardly the place to flex a macho-tude 'dude'! all i ask is that you show a little respect to the girls and if it were not for one awesome girly, you wouldnt be posting at all.
brought- thats really all i have time for-

my apologies, mr.& mrs. X, for sliding off topic, see you at the ice house!
Proj- on ' til the break of dawn!


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