Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Windows!

Wow — I cannot believe it is the Friday before Christmas already!  Where did the week go?! Well, if you are anything like me, you spent the week running all over the city getting gifts, crafting, wrapping, standing in line at the post office…  Goodness, I am ready for a N.A.P.

BUT, before all that Christmas madness, Mr. Fixer and I had the wonderful weather opportunity to install our new windows!  Even with the building wrap exposed and the trim/siding torn off, the house has gone through an amazing curb appeal transformation.  This especially feels good because we are no longer just tearing down the old, we are actually putting in some new!  With such a huge undertaking like this fixer, let me tell ya, this feels goooooood.

Our wonderful friends Samantha and Guillaume were incredibly helpful for this project — thank you, thank you!  Even during the downtime where Mr. Fixer was the only one capable of doing anything, they helped with yard work and clean up.  AND, that’s not even the best part — Samantha made homemade pizza for us later that night!  Boy, how did we ever get so spoiled?! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful pre-Christmas week!  Enjoy your time with family and friends, count your blessings, and try to take at least a few minutes to remember the true spirit of this great holiday.  Now about that nap…


Mrs. Fab

before windows




windows out

Getting started



Mr. Fixer and Samantha

I think Samantha might be saying something like, “I’m so cold!” 🙂







Guillaume is getting out some much needed post-finals aggression.



Samantha helping Guillaume

Bracing the window



Samantha and Guillaume doing yardwork

They do yardwork too!



Trimming the rhododendron bush

Goodness, that’s quite the rhododendron!


Post yardwork

What a difference all that yardwork makes!



Reframing large window

We decided to raise up this window in lieu of ordering a custom, tempered glass replacement.

after windows

Mr. Fixer came back throughout the week to finish up the other windows. Looking good!

Homemade pizza

Yummy homemade pizza. Thanks, Samantha!





Hi friends!  This post is going to be short and sweet because I really don’t have much to update you all on.  BUT, I do have one good thing to share — our building permit was approved last week!  This is such a relief, because we can now begin moving forward with our design.  In light of this, we’ve simply spent the last week/weekend cleaning up and getting organized (the vacuuming and dump runs never end!).  Thank you to all for the “happy permit thoughts,” and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead of them!


Mrs. Fab

Photo Booth

What’s a post without a pic?! This is from Saturday at Mr. Fixer’s company Christmas Party.

The Building Permit Process

Happy December, friends!  Thanksgiving is now behind us (though I am still eating leftovers!), and the Advent season is upon us!  This is a time for anticipation and preparation, something Mr. Fixer and I have certainly been learning a lot about in the last several months!  I think we all have moments in our lives where we can relate to this, whether you are getting engaged or married, buying a first home (shoot me now!), waiting for a precious baby to arrive, praying for resolution in difficult situations, or simply standing in line for your favorite Black Friday sale (shoot me twice!).

For Mr. Fixer and I, we are currently experiencing the anticipation and preparation of our building permit being approved.  As I mentioned on the page Our Design Plan, permits are crucial for remodel projects because they ensure that a third, objective party (the building inspector) has reviewed your plans for safety and feasibility.  Sure, they cost time and money, and you may think you don’t need one, but friends — just bite the bullet, do your due diligence, and get the permit.  Your peace of mind will thank you!

Our peace of mind (and house progress!), however, is currently on hold as we wait to hear back from our plans examiner.  This is round two of submitting documents, so I am hoping that what we’ve provided will now be sufficient to get things finalized.  We are replacing and slightly altering a couple beam/header locations, so we need to show what the current structure of our house consists of (load paths, structural member sizing, etc.) and what it will consist of after the changes.  The changes are very slight, so the process is slightly annoying, but it is good practice nevertheless.

Here are some examples of the construction documents that I have been creating for the permit submission:

Site Plan

Our site plan. This is usually a more crucial document when you are doing an addition, as there are codes in place to protect you from entering into lot setbacks (a fire concern) or overbuilding your lot (creating too much impervious surface, which affects drainage).

As Built Roof

A snapshot of our roof plan. This details the location of hips, valleys, and ridges, in addition to identifying structural members likes joists and beams.

As Built Ceiling

A snapshot of our ceiling plan. Like the roof plan, this details the structural members that carry the roof load down to the ceiling.

As Built Foundation

A snapshot of our foundation plan. Since our house is only one story, this is the last piece of structural information. It shows the final load destinations that are carried through the roof, ceiling, and floor.

In the meantime, Mr. Fixer has been working at ungodly hours (ask him what time he woke up to work on the house this morning!) to finish odds and ends around the house — clearing out the insulation in the attic, de-nailing flooring, and tearing down what we’ve affectionately termed the “kill shed” (a sad and decrepit little playhouse in the backyard).


Creepy, right?!

And that’s it, friends!  Think happy permit thoughts for us this week!  Once that gets underway, the fun stuff begins!  🙂


Mrs. Fab