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  1. Permits seem to show some hold-ups with the fire sprinklers.
  2. Supposedly the Heights Blvd brick was installed only after they tried using wood blocks, twice, for paving. Tight grained SYP, in the vertical, and with some kind of chemical treatment, could withstand the kind of traffic they had back then. Maybe the blocks floated away, dunno.
  3. No. 20' clearance from a fence. I guess there are still a few places that don't have a fence at the alley, but most do.
  4. This for the Heights. Don't know if this applies to Montrose. https://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/Design_Guide_Heights_District/Feb6/Houston-Heights-DG_Section5-Feb2018.pdf
  5. What about Booker T? They have a brand new campus a short run up Yale from the Heights. Am I missing something?
  6. FWIW, I've looked at a lot of permits (especially as related to flips being sold), and its very common for the "final" not to closed out. Doesn't seem to bother anyone.
  7. An article below, from the Economist last year about gentrification myths. I remember Montrose when you couldn't walk around at night for fear of being robbed, when burglaries and car thefts and gunfire were common. And folks thought nothing of parking vehicles on their front lawn. The link seems to work. I don't have an online subscription. https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/06/21/in-praise-of-gentrification
  8. Aliana is building an over-55 "luxury" development in Richmond. It advertises as welcoming Indian Americans. It does state that all nationalities and cultures are welcome. This looks like a "Federal Seven" violation based on national origin, like saying "close to kosher deli" or "Norwegian-Americans welcome." Someone explain to me otherwise. www.tajresidences.com https://blog.chron.com/storystudio/2018/05/aliana-welcomes-new-55-plus-luxury-community-for-indian-americans/
  9. I've seen shiplap at the Historic Houston warehouse for sale, if anyone has a need. http://www.historichouston.org/salvage-warehouse.html
  10. The zone of interest at the back, if anyone is interested. Taken around 2012.
  11. Nancy Sarnoff (H Chronicle) podcast interviews here, with Bill Baldwin of the antis, and Scott McClelland of HEB.... http://loopedin.libsyn.com/
  12. Trulia has a crime heatmap. No big surprises. http://www.trulia.com/local/77002/tiles:1|points:1_crime
  13. Brr that is cold. The dew point is occurring in the subfloor. You could try adding fiberglass batts under the floor and move the dew point away from the wood. Or seal off the crawl space and condition it. The minisplit if running most of the time should dehumidify the room properly. If short-cycling, its way oversized and doesn't run long enough to take the moisture out (in the room). Or add heat strips under the subfloor, or install one of those New England circulating warm water floors. Internet reviews don't usually address gulf coast moisture problems properly.
  14. The crawl space is not "moisture free," it may be "dry" but is at ambient exterior conditions. Sounds like the new air is too big. The dehumidifier can't address the newly chilled subfloor and condensation there. Try a box fan in the doorway to move more of the cold air to the rest of the house. What temp are you running in the room?
  15. Blue Dogs, be aware that your answer to my post about the Cafe Express robbery has vanished, along with the original post. I guess I had ventured in a Forbidden Zone, bringing up a negative actuality in the toniest part of town.
  16. Maybe they can create a safe space at that location for those injured by the frankly racist name of the store. http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/26/its-official-at-dartmouth-the-word-fiesta-is-racist-and-white-people-cant-use-it/
  17. Iron Tiger has it right. Wendy Davis for Davis High. Ronald Reagan. Sheila Jackson-Lee for Lee High. Larry Johnston (NHL great). Save on letterhead and new signs.
  18. LEDs are at 4000K which is supposed to emulate moonlight. Fair enough. Its aesthetic, after decades of organgey lights, I'm getting used to it. Its the intensity that is a bother, depending on your setback, other lighting, etc. In the industry literature, they even mention that brighter lights result in heavier shadowing. I would prefer the moonlight towers like in Austin, but alas, low, minimal-shadow lighting is a thing of the past.
  19. New LED streetlights are way too bright, and have cold harsh light. The new ones on my street give the place the look and feel of a Wal-Mart parking lot at 2 am. Before city council. (I am not the person in the KUHF piece). http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/02/08/136878/city-waiting-for-more-information-on-alternative-led-street-lights-as-some-call-for-change/
  20. Trying to find out what that fine grass is that makes St. Augustine lawns look nice during the dormant season. I take it that it is from seed. Pros and cons? Thanks.
  21. Quite a jump there, from 2010... You could clean up the attic side of the planking and apply a mesh product like FibaTape; or better yet, just caulk all the joints. This sounds daunting, but actually if the shiplap is 1x8 or 1x10 there isn't that much footage to caulk. Typical shiplap shrink joint is maybe 1/4" to 3/8". Use some temporary 3/4" plywood shelving for decking when crawling to the low-headroom areas under rafters. Don't walk on the shiplap. You may be in for a big surprise. First remove all of your abandoned suitcases, baby cribs, and Xmas stuff, pull back insulation or sweep it out of there, broom clean the dust, and vacuum with shop vac. This will make the caulking go much easier, not having dust on the surfaces. Get some decent lighting, and don't get electrocuted by old wiring etc. Best to do this before March. You could also apply foam insulation, but that's kind of pricey.
  22. I looked in Angies List but its mostly painters and trash haulers who happen to do large additions on the side. Their search function leaves much to be desired. They don't have a framing category. You might try a neighborhood group like Woodland Heights for referrals. My experience is, the best people don't have to advertise.
  23. Or you could pull off the ceiling rock, jack up the joists, sister the joists (glue, screw, and pray), and see if it holds up. Dont have a contractor but this is pretty straightforward for a frame person.
  24. Depends on how much you need your garage(s). A space this big is going to be $120+/ mo. "Let me find it. I know its here somewhere."
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