Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's GO time!

Something exciting is about to happen!  I am getting ready to start a large scale remodel, rebuild, and addition to our home in Redondo Beach!  So now, the tables are turned…and I am not only the architect, but client too! I am sure that the project will be exciting, might be stressful, and quite possibly frightening! I will finally get to feel all of the things my amazing clients go through.

For the last 23 years in this profession, I have done many small remodels on my previous home in Huntington Harbour, California.  Each, however, was done in individual phases. For example, the kitchen was its own project, before that it was the outdoor pool, before that the living room, etc. Never have I moved out of a house for construction. This is a first for me!

I’ve committed myself to sharing the experiences with you…good or bad. So not only will I be blogging about it, but I’m starting an instagram account as well to keep you thoroughly updated!

Right now, the final reviews and approvals are underway at the City Building Department.  We hope to begin construction next week.  So in the meantime let me introduce the key players to you.

My boyfriend, Jeff Webb, is on this journey with me. Earlier in his life, Jeff was a residential general contractor. I’m seriously hoping that makes him well aware of what we are heading into. He has owned the Redondo Beach home for over 15 years, and upon the sale of my Huntington Harbour home, I joined him in Redondo, and we now call Casa Gertruda our home.

The name came about in my office.  My staff and I typically refer to our projects by the client’s last name, but it felt weird in this case. So, Gertruda because of the street it is on, and Casa because it had a nice ring to it.

The general contractor is George Fullerton of Artisan Builders.  I have worked with George for over 7 years. His work is outstanding, his team puts their heart and soul into each project, and they know the level of quality and craftsmanship that I look for. And, most importantly, they are up for the challenge, and excited to work on Jeff’s and my dream home. Having built countless homes together, Artisan Builders knows how to work well with me as the architect…let’s hope I don’t scare them off as the client as well!

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