Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – San Diego Home Remodel SDSU (rear)

This home remodel project is simply amazing! I’ve been designing residential remodeling projects in Chula Vista / San Diego area since 1984, and this home remodel is definitely in the Top 10 over the previous 30+ years. Located on a cul-de-sac near San Diego State University, the home sits on 4 acres of land overlooking a small canyon of native vegetation identified as Environmentally Sensitive Land by the City of San Diego Planning Division of the Development Services Department.

Sensitive Vegetation 'ESL'

Sensitive Vegetation ‘ESL’

Being near sensitive vegetation and having the potential of natural habitat for other animals, we were on thin ice to being with. However, with knowledge and experience from working on the inside (my 7 years at the City of San Diego) I was able to perform the necessary tasks to get our project approved with little more than a standard plan check process.

This particular project is more than a owner could manage as an Owner-Builder type construction job, so the hired a contractor first, then he & I worked in concert as the Design-Build Team. The outcome is tremendous. As you can see by this video, the demolition has begun, and it looks like a complete mess. But in just a few months we will transform this disaster into their dream home.

To read more about what we do at TPJ Architecture, scroll on the right side of this blog to find more videos that describe other projects we’ve done, you might even find one just like your home! And if you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you’ll want to read my book first. CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling. Get a copy now at http://CutTheChaosBook.com

 

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Successful Tim:CUT THE CHAOS Book – Judith Ave Lath & Drywall

Successful Tim:CUT THE CHAOS Book – Judith Ave Lath & Drywall http://CutTheChaosBook.com

As we continue the series for Owner/Builder projects of residential remodeling here in San Diego, today is Lath & Drywall inspection at the Judith Ave single family residence. So far we’ve covered Foundation, Rough Framing, Electrical, Plumbing, and Insulation. If you missed anything, or you just found my channel, scroll back to see the videos prepared for those other phases of construction.

NOTE: as an owner in charge of your own home remodel project, you don’t have to know or remember all of these inspections. The jurisdiction responsible for issuing your building permit will guide you in the process of all the inspections that are required for your residential remodeling construction project.

Most of you have probably heard the word drywall before. That is the interior finish that covers the studs in your wall so you get a surface to cover with paint or wallpaper or any number of textures. However you may not be as familiar with the word “lath”. Lath is the combination of waterproof paper, or some people may refer this as felt, and wire mesh, which some of us older people may know as ‘chicken wire’. Between the two components, they protect the outside from getting in and provide support for the stucco that will be applied next.

These two inspections occur simultaneously, and most importantly, you must nail your drywall before you apply the stucco. I say this primarily for any of you out there who may repair exterior walls that involve these two stages. If you apply the stucco BEFORE you nail the drywall, when you do nail the drywall you run the risk of cracking the stucco due to the impact of hammering the nails, or even the vibrations of a screw being drilled in place. That is not a good thing.

Again I say to the Owner/Builder, you don’t necessarily have to know that. Any reputable contractor will install these components in the correct order. And of course none of you watching this will attempt to build without a permit, right? So you’re inspector will identify anything that was improperly installed and will not allow you to continue until the errors have been corrected.

Healthy HomeYou’ll notice the gaps & minor notches in the drywall. Not to worry because they will tape & joint that until it’s smooth, then there will be a texture applied for the final finished product. Residential remodeling is full of surprises, most of which you’ve never seen before, so do your best to stay calm during the process. It will all work out in the end.

This particular house will be available on the market by April, 2015. If you’re interested in viewing the property, contact Carlos at http://CasaRenovationGroup.com to schedule an appointment.

If you’re still thinking about remodeling your home and you don’t know where to start, get a copy of my book, CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling. Now available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kindle and my website, http://CutTheChaosBook.com. You can also see more projects right here at my blog by scrolling down, or looking to the right and searching Categories and Tags.

Until next time, take the action necessary to keep moving toward your dreams. If you don’t do it, no one else will.

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Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Judith Ave Home Remodel 3 of 5

Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Judith Ave Home Remodel 3 of 5

Tim P Jones Architect has recently authored a book about the entire house and home remodeling process; CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling, and you can get a copy for yourself by going to this site now; http://CutTheChaosBook.com 

We just passed our Rough Framing inspection today at the Judith Ave residential remodel project. Quite a difference from where we were just 2 short weeks ago. With walls framed and shear panel nailed off, we can now wrap the outside and get ready for rough electrical & plumbing.

Ideally on your home remodel project you want to get all the “rough” inspections at the same time. In this case, the workers did not keep pace. So we got approved what we could and counted our blessings. An excellent experience for this home owner who is running his own home remodeling project here in San Diego, CA.

Next step is Lath inspection, and we’ll complete the rough electrical and plumbing too. We did get a couple comments from our inspector, but with some cooperation from our team, extra nails were inserted, a few straps added, and a promise to add 1 additional anchor bolt prior to the next inspection. A note was made on the record and now we’ll keep moving forward. It’s starting to come together very nice.

I hope the video shows you a little of the behind the scenes activity to learn more about your home remodeling project. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. I want to acknowledge the City of San Diego Inspection staff, they are professional & supportive, and this would not have happened without their leadership.

Green HomeIf you’re looking for a home in this neighborhood, this one will be available soon. Contact Carlos at Casa Renovation, http://CasaRenovationGroup.com. He’s got all the details on size, rooms, and price.

When you’re ready to start planning your residential remodeling project here in San Diego, Chula Vista, or anywhere else in the country, get a copy of my book, CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling. It’s filled with more information than you can imagine, and you’ll find many personal stories regarding the entire home remodeling process. Whether your remodel project is a simple bathroom, or it’s the most complex second story whole house remodel., this book will help you prepare the journey that lies ahead. Available now at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kindle, and http://CutTheChaosBook.com

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Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – $1,000,000 Fixer Upper

Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – $1,000,000 Fixer Upper http://CutTheChaosBook.com

This is a beautifully unique project. The owner saw the potential in this home when most people just drove on by. It was a residential remodel waiting to happen in a very special fashion.

We’ve been working on this project since the summer of 2012. The owner has been diligent with its design and the culmination of each phase of the development. Room additions usually happen once in the lifetime of a home, even twice is rare. This home is undergoing a transformation of monumental status.

From a home originally designed by Homer T. Delawie, San Diego’s legendary modernist architect, it was mishandled over the years with garage & carport conversions, and underfloor manipulation. That ultimately causeed our historic research report to come back determining that it had lost its potential for significance by virtue of the many modifications.

Homer DelawieNot to be discouraged by this news, we discovered that as a result of a non-significant finding, we were then allowed the opportunity to create new additions that would serve the new owners family dream of a view home in La Jolla, CA.

As architect of record in Chula Vista, Tim P Jones began the process of defining the family’s needs, coupled them with their desires, and keeping in scale with the existing neighborhood, we are in the process of making their dreams come true.

When it’s all done, we will have transformed this lovely 1,700 Sq. Ft., 3 bedroom / 2 bath home, into a castle where dreams all their will come true. The finish product will be over 3,000 Sq. Ft., with the new upper floor sleeping quarters for mom & dad and the kids, where they will each have their own private suites, and each room will access the new viewing deck to enjoy sunsets over the La Jolla coast line, and Scripps Pier in the distance.

A career changing opportunity for any San Diego architect, and I was the one blessed with the responsibility to join the old with the new, and create a harmonious environment for the entire community.

To learn about more projects prepared by Tim P Jones – Architect in the Chula Vista / San Diego area, visit my blog at http://TpjArchitect.com.

When you start planning your own room addition, home remodel, or whole house renovation, you’ll want to read my new book, CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling. Available now at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kindle, and http://CutTheChaosBook.com

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Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Code Violation 2 of 2

Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Code Violation 2 of 2

This is part 2 of a video I prepared at a job site that is under construction right now in San Diego. The topic of discussion is code violations in residential remodeling projects. I am still learning how to flip the view in my camera while the video is recording. Sorry for the rookie error, you could say it’s Spring Training for an old veteran.

What I want you to notice is the state of the building, and the creative methods we used to get compliance with current code without breaking the budget or demolishing the building.

Instead of tearing down the entire permitted patio, we decided to leave the roof structure in place, and shore it up while upgrading the foundation. We also were over-spanned on the rafters, which could have lead to a premature decision to demo the whole thing. Instead, I check the code span charts and we opted for adding one new rafter between each existing rafter, and then we satisfied the plan checker & creating a stronger roof.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a newly renovated home in this area, contact Carlos Garcia of Casa Renovation Group at 619-206-3499.

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House and Home renovation does not always have to be a taxing experience. When you have the right team assembled, and you’re all committed to one common goal of the successful completion of the project, truly anything is possible.

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This project is in San Diego. My home and my office are both in Chula Vista. And no matter where you live, there is a code and an ordinance that governs all development. Regardless of where you now live, or where you may want to live one day, there will always be rules to follow. Knowing the rules is one thing; discovering ways to create solutions that make the rules work to your advantage, that is quite another. And that is what I do best!

Tim P Jones – Architect recently authored a book; CUT THE CHAOS – A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Remodeling. It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kindle and http://CutTheChaosBook.com

Are you thinking about remodeling your home? You want to read this book first!

 

 

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Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Code Violation 1 of 2

Successful Tim: CUT THE CHAOS Book – Code Violation 1 of 2

After the residential real estate boom of the early 2000’s, and the subsequent melt down in 2007-2008, the market was left with thousands of residential remodels that were done without the benefit of a building permit. Upon listing with an agent, and some basic research while in escrow, the illegal construction is typically uncovered. The work may have been noticed by a neighbor or not, but if it was, the City may have opened a case on the project. This is what we know as a Code Violation.

The renovation work can range from a shed or garage, to filling a swimming pool (with dirt), all the way to converting a patio into living space. Such is the case in the following video:

Judith Ave  San Diego, CA

This is a project that I’m working on right now in the City of San Diego. It was a 3 bedroom / 1 bath, and the previous owner converted a 14′ x 50′ patio into a Family Room, Laundry Room, and additional  Bedroom with Bathroom. They also converted a Carport into a Garage, then converted the Garage into another Bedroom. Really!

The City discovered the illegal construction and they opened a case. My client wanted to buy it and Continue reading

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My Green Home Is Back Up And Running

OMG! What a fiasco I’ve been through.It is said that “Our reality is a result of our decisions”, and that “If you DO something different, you’ll GET something different”. Well, there could not be 2 better statements that describe where I am right now, or more precisely, where I’ve been.I’m not going to get into ‘the story’. What I will share with you is that I tried something different. I decided to outsource my website maintenance. What a HUGE mistake! And, as a result of my decision, Continue reading

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For The Times They Are a Changin’

It’s been 15 months since this journey began. The tide comes in & the tide goes out. The sun comes up & the sun goes down. And me, I’m just getting started.With a new surge of energy, and a boost from the Spirit of the Universe, I am turning the page & beginning a new chapter. Isn’t it wonderful that we can each write our own story?In a few short weeks, this website will have an entirely new look & feel. It is being re-focused and re-purposed. It is being re-fined as well, and (my hope is that) it will become more informative, of more service, and ultimately be of more value to YOU!Thank you for your continued support in sharing this site with others who you believe will benefit from it’s content. Please leave a comment or share the link. 

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Indoor Pollution – How Clean Is Your Home?

As I have recently passed my 1 year anniversary of entering the world of blogging, I thought I would re-post an article I wrote in the Spring of 2011. My question is: Do you find the topic & the information any more, or less, relevant than you may have found it this time last year? Take a minute to leave a comment, I always enjoy hearing your thoughts.Indoor pollution is a growing national problem here in the United States. There are so many sources of pollution that we bring into our buildings every day, it’s difficult to even pick a place to start. Then, once the germs, bacteria, fungus, and particulate get inside, our homes are required to be built so air tight that we can’t seem to find a way to get this stuff back outside. I should know, I am an architect in California, and we have perhaps the most stringent design standards in the entire country.Once upon a time… oh my goodness, I didn’t mean to say that. But it does seem fitting, because Continue reading

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R U 4 Earth Day?

This ‘movement’ has been going since 1970! Over 40 years, and have we really made any difference? Really?More plastic bottles in our landfills than ever before! More non-recycleable material in our homes than ever before! And recently I saw in one office supply store, that will remain unnamed, a ream of “recycled” copy/printer paper cost MORE than new paper?!?!As long as making  money takes a higher priority than making a difference, we will never see the change we need. I don’t often pitch products here, but in light of the day we are recognizing, I have to put these out there for your consideration. Living WaterLaundry PureSteady Power.If you don’t agree, leave a comment & tell me why. But, if you think it’s time to get involved, I encourage you to read, learn, Order, and install 1 or all of these in your home. Become the change you want to see in the world!

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