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  1. Given the location they have chosen, I found this sentence from that article rather interesting: "As an admitted homebody, Orr grew tired of having to hassle with finding parking (a notorious problem in this town), fighting crowds..."
  2. There seems to be a emerging parking issue for "restaurant row" due to Christian's. Last night I noted that D'amicos and Tacos-a-go-go were relatively empty, yet Christian's was packed out...and there wasn't a single parking space in sight. I had to park in the middle of the parking lot to grab a to-go order from Tacos-a-go-go. While D'amicos has signage for guest spots, it doesn't appear to be enforced. Throwing another establishment into the mix isn't going to help, especially since folks seem to camp out at Christian's for a long time.
  3. I stopped by Revival Market last night for a BLT sandwich, and I was very impressed with the whole operation. The sandwich was unbelievably good, and they appeared to stock everything you would need (meat, vegetables, bread) to cook a nice dinner. The place was packed, but I only had to wait ~5 min for the sandwich. As a few others have noted, it would appear that this place is what McCain's should have been (but wasn't).
  4. I've got an old wooden utility pole in the middle of the back of my backyard, running electrical/cable/phone parallel to the back edge of my lot. I also own the lot on the other side of the pole, so the pole kinda wrecks the vista. The electrical is low voltage...all wires on the pole terminate two houses down and the pole is downstream of the transformer. The pole is pretty beat-up and after Ike developed a 10 degree lean. It looks like hell. I'd like to move the pole about 8 ft down the supposed easement to hide it behind my garage. (Interestingly, there is actually no easement recorded with the City for this run of utilities.) Does anyone have any idea what the cost is to move the pole?
  5. It's pretty simple to do yourself. You can purchase the rolls of radiant barrier foil at Home Depot. You then staple it between the rafters, with some taping etc as needed. I did my 1910 bungalow at a total cost of $225 I believe. I tracked average summer attic temps before and after I installed it and recognized a 20 F drop in the attic. Did I save on electrical bills? No, but my house went from barely tolerable (80F) to reasonably comfortable (74F) during the day in the summer, with the same AC unit running full blast all the time. The other oft overlooked problem with houses in the Heights is attic venting. Most have some sort of exit vent, in the form of a turbine or ridge vent, but very little to no inlet vents, either on the gables or, preferably, in the soffits.
  6. I would recommend John at Aztec Castings on North Main. http://www.azteccastings.com/contact.htm
  7. Here's a list of hardwood dealers in Houston BlueLinx Hardwoods Houston architectural millwork, cabinetry and casework 650 Gellhorn Drive Houston, TX 77029 713-675-3544 Fax: 713-675-3386 M-F8:00am - 5:00pm Booth Lumber Co Trew Tropical Hardwoods 7218 E. Mt. Houston Rd Houston, TX 713-824-1386 Clark's Hardwood Lumber Company 700 E. 5 1/2 St (In the Heights) Houston, Texas 77007 713-862-6628, Fax: 713-862-5673 Hours: M-F 7:30-5:00, Sat 9:00-1:00 info@clarkshardwood.com Hardwood Products Company 1585 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Suite 200 Houston, TX 77043 (713) 984-8904 or (800) 444-1206 West Sam Houston Parkway North, between Interstate 10 West and Hammerly. Houston Hardwoods 4910 West 34th Street Houston, TX 77092 713-686-6176 or 1-800-606-6176; Fax: 713-686-3217 Hours: M-F 7:30-5:00, Sat 8:30-12:00 Mason's Mill & Lumber Co. 9885 Tanner Road Houston, Texas 77041 (713) 462-6975; Fax: (713) 462-6970 info@masonsmillandlumber.com sales@masonsmillandlumber.com M-F 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M&G Sawmill (Off Hwy 30), 149 High Oak Dr. Huntsville, Tx 77340 936-439-0834 Rockler Woodworking and Hardware 3265 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027 (713) 622-6567 TruTimber (trutimber.com) Urban forestry recovery 4426 Pinemont Rd Houston, Tx 77018 713-688-0066 Chainsaw@trutimber.com Woodcraft Supply North 60 FM 1960 West Houston, TX 77090 281-880-0045, Fax: 281-880-0047 houston-retail@woodcraft.com Woodcraft Supply South 11707 West Sam Houston Parkway South Houston TX 77031 (281) 988-9449; Fax: (281) 940-0438 swhouston@woodcraft.com
  8. It's a 6600 sq ft lot on a good block with sidewalks. Lot value is probably closer to $260k - $275k.
  9. That's the second house Bungalow Revival has jacked up and added a story underneath; the other was done several years ago and is over around 4th and Harvard I think. Most bungalows are not that wide and have a wall running down the middle. You can add engineered beams/i-joists to span between the walls and fairly easily create support for a second story, though additional piers/footings will be required underneath the house. It's not cheap, but no remodel/expansion job is. The trick with adding a second story is ensuring you can properly locate all the utilities. A lot of "pop-top" houses end up with strangely shaped rooms as people don't want to spend the extra dough to move water/sewer as needed. The easiest way to do is just to add a 2-story addition on the back, so the structure of the original house doesn't have to be mangled too much.
  10. Rent a dumpster for a weekend and go find some $10/hr day laborers. You'll be able to do it for 1/4 the cost of what any demo company would charge. Alternately, just borrow a trailer and take the remains to the city dump. I demo'd an ancient 2.5 car garage and was able to fit all of it on a 16' trailer.
  11. Saw a liqour license app for the old Salud! winery space (end of the 2-story yellow strip mall next to Dirk's). It is shown for "Shade Cafe & Bakery"...presumably related to Shade in the Heigts. Does anyone have any info on this? Haven't seen anything on the Houston food blogs.
  12. Or Grogans on Yale. More expensive than Montalbano but usually have better stuff. Whatever you do, do not use untreated yellow pine siding, which I see too many people doing in the Heights. It will be rotten again in 5 years. Use kiln-dried treated pine, cypress, cedar or redwood. Alternatively, if this is standard clapboard siding, you can use Hardi trim board, which is 7/16" thick, or Hardi Artisan, which is 5/8" thick. Standard Hardiplank is too thin to match wood clapboard siding. Also, if you use any type of wood siding, make sure it is "back-primed" - painted with primer on the backside - before it is put on the house.
  13. Regarding termites, many Heights-area houses were treated with chlordane (same chemical family as DDT) in the 60s through the 80s. Chlordane can prevent termites for up to 50 years. So, if you have evidence of old termite infestation, chances are the place was "chlordaned", and you won't have to worry about (ground) termites for a long time. The greenies will claim chlordane was banned because of negative effects to the environment, but the real reason was that Dow and BASF secretly lobbied to get it banned so they could sell stuff with a much shorter effective life.
  14. Does anyone know what the free booze situation will be this year, i.e., will the stores be allowed to provide "complimentary" wine or will the TABC enforcers be running around again?
  15. My 1200 sq ft 2/1 bungalow in Woodland Heights, on a 5000 sq ft lot, with garage, was just appraised for $295k for a refinance, and I got the full-on cavity search from the appraiser (due to the new appraisal rules). I would think $260k is the absolute lowest you will find for a 2/1 in Norhill. Go Below that price and you are going to be looking a myriad of needed upgrades that will quickly blow whatever money you thought you were saving. Woodland Heights will be slightly (5%) higher. In the Houston Heights, most 2/1 bungalows that are left will be on larger lots and thus more expensive. Sunset Heights is the cheapest but there are almost zero land use rules, so you could easily end up with townhomes next door. In Norhill especially be aware of the quick-turn remodels...some are OK, some are not.
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