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Dragging

My project is dragging currently. There’s been a lot of slow movement from our electricians. Family issues, holidays, etc. We should be at drywall already but with these difficulties we are still waiting on the MEPS inspection. We did get a jump on it and have a plumbing and HVAC inspection already which we passed so we have hot mopped the showers. Other than that, we’re still framing some last minute things. Like my beautiful stacking doors that were installed. I’m absolutely in love with them. These stacking doors actually go into a wall when they are open. However, they…

MEPS

You might have heard this term before from a construction professional. It stands for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural. This is big people. This is the inside function of your home, and the integrity of all your systems. This is where we are right now. And this is where we will be for a few weeks. By a few weeks I mean at the very least 1 month, and hopefully no more than 2 months. This process is very painstaking. Its obviously the most stressful for many reasons. One problem that can arise in many homes going through large renovations is…

Framing

Hip Hip Hooray I have a house to walk into… sort of. We’ve finished the subfloor, the rough in plumbing and main is all switched out. Side note- I highly recommend scoping your main plumbing while renovating something of this magnitude. I didn’t realize when we bought the property but our main line goes out to the back, directly in the middle of our yard. It goes directly under a huge patio we are pouring. Could you imagine a beautiful new home with an old clay pipe starting to crack. YIKES. We paid the extra and switched it out. Seeing…

Foundation

We’ve poured foundation finally. I was very excited when the first pump truck arrived with the concrete. I think in total we needed 5 cement trucks. It’s crazy seeing all of those holes with rebar and then bang, they’re gone. Pretty amazing. On TV this step is completed in a 30 second montage, in real life, it is days of digging, days of rebar, inspections, and finally a day of concrete plus curing. The best feeling is knowing that something is finally happening after all of the plans took sooooooo long to get through the city. Framing is coming and…

Why I started All Things New

Our New Adventure! My sweet family ready to tear down and build up! Design is a passion of mine. I have a degree in Graphic Communication, which is a fancy way to say Graphic Design specifically for print. I am and have been a graphic designer for years, making logos, print materials, etc. However, nothing gets me more excited than designing a home. I could spend hours looking at Houzz, catalogs, and Instagram. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about because here you are reading another blog about design. The designs I want to feature here are local designers…

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Our Renovation Journey

Look through our blog for photos and stories of our home build here in Long Beach, CA.