Month: September 2009

House-warming party

After going into Seattle this morning, we went in again this evening for Stephanie & Matt’s house-warming party. I haven’t gone into Seattle twice in the same day since the day we moved to Vashon and had to make a few trips back to the old house.

We were one of the first to get to the party and the first to leave at 11pm and raced to catch the 11:40 ferry. We barely made it but had we missed it we would have been taking the 1:50am ferry and would have gotten home at 2:30am. The ferries suck.


After our meeting with the architects, we went to one of West Seattle’s newest restaurants, Porterhouse. They have a really good beer selection — Gay had a half-pint of Menage a Frog, which we knew is great, and I had the Boundary Bay Double Dry Hopped IPA which was new to us and very good as well. The food was pretty good but standard pub food. I had the burger and Gay had the salmon sandwich. They had Deschutes’ Mirror Mirror barleywine on tap and we couldn’t pass that up so we split a half-pint — it’s a lot more fun to have high alcohol beers when you don’t have to drive home — of that for dessert along with a scoop of Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream and a chocolate tart.

While on the ferry home, Kelly called to tell us the fire alarms were going off in the house. Hudson slept right through them but Havana woke up and was scared. There was no fire in the house. She took them outside and away from the noise until we got home. It turns out that the batteries in one were low so all of them were beeping (loudly) to alert us about the need for fresh batteries. I understand safety is the best policy, but perhaps a little less shrill a sound for a low battery warning would suffice?

Back to the house

The survey of the property complete, we are back to working with the architects to talk about location and basic structure of the house.

According to the survey, our property rises 50 feet (5 stories!) from the lowest point to the highest point. It sure doesn’t feel like that big a slope when you walk it, though. This makes it difficult to place the house given that moving dirt to level the grade is expensive and not always feasible.

They’ve worked up a couple ideas for the basic structure and location for the house, we gave our feedback and we’ll have another iteration soon.