Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have started looking at tankless water heaters as a way to save on energy costs. The problem has been finding one that will run on Butane. All manufactures list natural gas or LP but I can't seem to get a straight answer on Butane. It is only a few thousand BTU's hotter than LP, so I can't imagine there would be a problem. I will also be using Butane for our stove and oven so those are other applications I need to look into.
Other issues that need to be dealt with are a DSL/phone connection and a whole house or connection point UPS (uninterrupted power supply). Do I use diesel or Butane for the back-up generator? Is solar going to be cheaper in the near future?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_33). For every real Disney fan, the holy grail is an invitation to the Club 33. It begins with passes to both parks for all the invited. We have been lucky and have had two opportunities to visit the Club. Once for lunch and now, once for dinner.
Dinner was a very formal affair and the meal was fabulous. Everyone ordered the Chateaubriand which melted in your mouth like butter. Dessert was a chocolate truffle made with imported Belgium chocolate (one of Disney's favorites). And to top it off, a sniffer of Grand Mariner (this is the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol and that bartender can mix a mean Long Island Iced Tea).
All too quickly the night came to an end. A stroll down Main Street with its lights bright against the night sky. The sparkles of the the fireworks, the loud boom echoing after the explosion of light. Tinker Bell floats across the sky. Another good day at Disneyland.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
View looking South
View looking West
View looking to the Northwest
1st Floor layout
With the computer generated views, it starts to make the home come alive. We need to make the changes we want and get them back to John as soon as possible so he can make the changes to the foundation plans. Soon after that, John will send us site and elevation plans along with the revised foundation plans.
John has been very easy to deal with and very professional in his business, especially from what you may expect from a third world country. He has given us a "Schedule of Work" along with a schedule of payments. He has requested no upfront payments to start the job and expects to get paid after he finishes each stage of his scheduled work.
Schedule of Work
Schedule of Payments
If everything goes as scheduled, John has given us a completion date of June 8th, just one day after Mischelle's birthday. What a birthday present!