Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ghoul' Night!

Happy Halloween!

The hallway and bedroom are complete, cozy, and comfy

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Leg' at it!

Baby centipede!
Found it in the aluminum pile out back

Electrical Offenses

I removed the aluminum and asbestos cement shingles from the skirt below the circuit breaker today. Let's take a look at the visible issues, shall we?

We have exposed old wiring. Per the inspectors, it was deemed to be defunct, but definitely something I'll have an electrician remove

We have an extension cord threaded behind the electrical meter and, more seriously, PVC pipe used as electrical conduit that runs underground. This is a big no-no. PVC is conductive...
Time to call an electrician.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Exterior: Almost all exposed!

Only half a gable to go!!!

Here you can see the cypress shingles on the front gable

Flashback to 1912

This original brochure for Eastwood, published by the William A. Wilson Company, describes the neighborhood amenities and deed restrictions that made Eastwood such a desirable place to live.

Eastwood was Houston's third master-planned subdivision, built shortly after the Heights and Montrose. Terraced lots, sidewalks, streetlights, utility easements, and drainage were just a few of the features that made the neighborhood unique for its time. Here's a selection I wrote for the Wikipedia article on Eastwood, which gives a fairly good overview:
"The development was planned with shelled streets[5]that were sixty to eighty feet in width,[6]cement curbs and sidewalks, city water, gas, electricity, telephones and sanitary sewerage as well as terraced lots designed for natural drainage.[2] One of the unique features of the neighborhood is the symmetrically planned placement of live oak trees and sycamore trees.[3] Wilson envisioned Eastwood to be a more upscale counterpart to his Woodland Heights subdivision.[1]The utilities were placed at the rear of the lots to avoid marring the landscape of the community.[4]"
Previous editions focused on the development of the Woodland Heights subdivision, which is now regarded as one of the upper-tier neighborhoods in Houston.