The only thing that matters to me, day and night, is my demolition and new-home-construction project, and I am so happy and excited! We will be done soon!!! With PJ Hegarty Construction Company at the helm of our new construction Tuscany-style home, I sleep like a big fat baby each night -- snug as a bug in a rug.
Just so that I am crystal clear, this is a DEMOLITION of our old house and a brand NEW construction of our new house from ground up. The picture, below, is a panoramic view from our roof-top.
PJ Hegarty, 23-May-2013: "Irene, the estimate to build your house is $X. I forgot to include the installation of ABC, which costs $X; but, I will cover that cost since I screwed up." My sister offered to pay PJ the cost that he forgot to include in the contract, and PJ Hegarty responded, "No -- it was my error; I will take care of it."
- General Contractor: PJ Hegarty Construction: PJ Hegarty (His company is a one-stop shop, handling construction, electrical, plumbing, sheet-rock, and all the stuff associated to construction -- his company will also maintain the property after it is built.): 1-415-225-8743
- Kitchen and Bathroom Design Construction: Timeless Kitchen: Caroline Sain
- Doors and Windows: South City Lumber & Supply: Dave
- Tiles: Galleria Tile: Glenn Stark
- Bathroom Tile Installation: Ramirez Tile: Jose Ramirez
- Home Security: COMCAST: Stephen Anderson:1-415-845-5214
- Telecommunications & Wi-Fi: COMCAST: Stephen Anderson:1-415-845-5214
- Visual Network: COMCAST Cable: Stephen Anderson:1-415-845-5214
- Door-locks: Markus Supplies: Jeff: 1-510-832-6532
- Custom Shower Glass Doors & Enclosures: Markus Supplies: Dan: 1-510-832-6532
- Crane & Rigging: B & S: Sean Wanlass: 1-415-564-7591
- Construction Attorney: Dhillon & Smith Law Firm: Peter Smith: 1-415-433-1700
Oh, I forgot -- some of you asked about the specifications of our house. Okay, here goes:
- 2 suite-bedrooms (each bedroom has a full bathroom)
- 6 bedrooms
- 1 storage room
- 3-4 car garage
- 64 steps (could be more -- this was my last count three months ago)
- 5 stories
- 3 full kitchens
- 6.5 bathrooms
- 3 laundry rooms
- 1 theater
- 2 studies/offices
The house will have 3 separate addresses.
I want to put this tile mosaic in my paddock -- what do you think?
I am so fortunate to have found our contractor, PJ Hegarty Construction Company. PJ Hegarty is an immigrant from Ireland with traditional, strict, and sound working ethics and skills. He is honest, reliable, consistent, professional, patient, and driven towards success by his own strict standards, as well as the standards set forth by his clients'... in this case, my family and me. He is a man of utmost integrity, and we are so impressed by his professional and creative expertise.
This little brothel house is located 1.5 blocks away from the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco,
one block away from Grace Cathedral, and
adjacent to Huntington Park.
It was the smallest and ugliest house on the block; but the block is one of the most desired and prestigious blocks in San Francisco. I love the architecture and charm.
we started the construction, from the ground up to build a BRAND new Italian Tuscany-style house, which will be done July 2013.
My family visits Italy on a frequent basis; and, through our frequent visits to Italy, our hearts gravitated toward the Italian-style architecture and design.
Erected by PJ Hegarty Construction Company, on Date-Month-Year. Of course, PJ Hegarty can put any wording he wants, but I'm guessing it will be something like the content I wrote.
UPDATES ON OUR BRAND NEW ITALIAN TUSCANY-STYLE HOUSE:
21-November-2013, @ 1400 hours PDT:
My paddock is finally done!!! This is my favorite part of the house and the location I will spend most of my time. The paddock can store two full-size SUVs, or one full-size SUV and one standard car, or three standard cars, or 5 compact cars (e.g., FIAT 500, Mini Coopers, and vehicles of that size), or three Ferraris or Lamborghinis. Anyway, it is a nice-size paddock.
I suggested barn-style doors for the paddock to give the garage a barn-like-look for my house; and, PJ (our awesome contractor) and my sister agreed and approved my suggestion. Those doors will arrive 23-December-2013.
No more 9-1-1 to the San Francisco Fire Department -- this box is a direct line communication system to the San Francisco Fire Department's dispatching office. We have one dedicated phone line directly to the San Francisco Fire Department -- they can contact us, and we can directly contact them. This control box gives the San Francisco Fire Department a electrical read-out of every single floor of our home, and they have blue-prints of our home, so they know every nook and cranny of our home in the event an emergency happens.
Megan White of JE Modeling Agency is one of my favorite models. Fashion Photographer, Scott Borrero, of LeTote, asked if he can use our house for a photo-shoot for LeTote magazine and website. Of course, I said, "Yes!" It is an honor to have a hot-shot shooter like Scott do a photo-shoot at our home. It was at this time, I had some time to spend with Megan. She is a wonderful and hot model, but also a really cool person -- she has a great personality.
We call the picture immediately below, Woman In Red, which shows Megan posing in one of our 8 bedrooms in our home.
If you want to follow Scott Borrero on InstaGram, the picture below, shows his InstaGram Username.
We installed Bison tiles to the deck in the penthouse. This is the latest and greatest technology in tiles.
Well, each tile sits on a platform that rests on the actual deck flooring.
Then, each tile is laid on the platform. Each tile can be removed by lifting it if cleaning or deck repairs are needed; but, the main feature is the fact that water drains from the deck -- in other words, no sitting water; and, no sitting water means not potential of water damage or wood rot to the deck.
16-October-2013, @ 0830 Hours PDT:
The San Francisco Building Inspector will be doing an inspection on our house later this week, and will make the recommendations for the new garage door.
3-October-2013, @ 1530 Hours PDT:
The final details of our house is being completed; hence, today, the biggest things that are left to do are the garage door and the custom iron gate for the front door area.
So, what do we do when our European refrigerator and stove do not fit along the staircase in our house that leads to the penthouse?
Well...we contact B & S Crane & Rigging : Sean Wanlass: 1-415-564-7591, and he does his magic.
Now, when PJ is done with his work, we will get B & S Crane and Rigging to hoist up our piano, sofas, bed, and furniture.
26-September-2013, @ 1430 Hours PDT:
The driveway is under construction, as well as the paddock. Concrete was poured and paved today, and I put some of my sweat-equity into our new house. The guys taught me the way to shovel concrete from the concrete mixer truck. I had a lot of fun.
All the power is on; so, my mom, sister, and I decided to do a night tour. Tonight, San Francisco was clear and warm; and, it was a magical evening, as we turned on the power to our beautiful new home for the first time. We are all so grateful for our good fortune; and, we thank God every single day for our wonderful home. Thank You, Lord!
13-September-2013, @ 1330 Hours PDT:
PG&E worked on installing and turning on the gas and electricity.
The paddock is getting close to completion -- all the lights have been installed, and they will light up the paddock like daylight.
We are 90% complete -- we are so excited! All the door locks and handles have been installed to all the doors. Gas, electricity, and water have been installed and all operational. Interior painting is done to all the units; and the staircase to the roof has been created and installed.
The house is quickly progressing. The front door is in from South City Lumber Supply, and it will be stained next week. The locks to all the doors have been ordered and should be arriving real soon.
In progress, is the iron gate that will be installed near the base of the staircase to the exterior entry. PJ is working with an iron-maker to customize an Italian-style gate to match the Tuscany-style of our house.
The interior painting will be done next week or so -- the glass on the railings to the third unit and penthouse are all done, too.
So, in the software industry, they have a term called, Scope Creep. This means that the executives, after a document freeze, adds more features into the software while the software is being developed and before the software's release date. Many times, with Scope Creep, the engineers will work towards not delaying the release date -- more times than not, the software's release date is compromised and pushed out farther from the original release date before Scope Creep.
All the hard-wood floors have been laid and stained; all the railings have been installed; all the appliances to all kitchens, except for my mother's kitchen, have been installed. My mother's kitchen appliances are special order from Europe; hence, it takes about 6 weeks to arrive, which is also another contributing factor to the delivery date of completion being changed to end of August 2013.
PJ and his team are laying down the hardwood floors -- the borders and hardwood floors arrived today. The wood my sister selected is oak. It smells so amazing. No nails will be used in the installation of the hardwood. The process used will enhance the radiant heating throughout the house and increase the sound-proofing throughout the house. Each floor will be heated and provide heat throughout the house.
Jose Ramirez is working on the installation of the bathroom tiles we ordered from Glenn at Galleria Tile. We have 6.5 bathrooms that will benefit from Jose's tile-work.
Scaffolds are off -- the exterior construction of the house is complete -- the copper rain-gutters running down the left-side of the house in the picture are still being worked on.
Countertops are all installed to all three kitchens as are the cabinets, shelves, and drawers.
21-May-2013, @ 1530 Hours PDT:
Today, we drove by the house to check out the application of golden harvest stucco; and, we are so jazzed and impressed with the color. We are getting closer and closer to completion. We are about 80% completed.
We visited PJ Hegarty to check out the brown-level process before the application of the Golden Harvest stucco.
This picture shows the brown-level. The brown-level is the concrete-looking material that goes onto the front, sides, and rear of the house. The stucco will be placed on the brown level.
I visited our new-house-to-be and met up with PJ Hegarty. The framing for the stucco is almost done; and, the paddock is coming together quite nicely.
The thing that most excites me about our house is the views -- the views from our house are stunning. The following pictures are from our penthouse: