Building a new house in Palo Alto

Building a new house in Palo Alto

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Birthday Open House


Happy birthday to me! This past weekend we celebrated the beginning of the next decade of my life. My better half had the brilliant idea of hosting a food truck party at our construction site so that I could show off my little baby (the house, that is) to our friends and soon-to-be neighbors.


Chairman Bao served up "bite-sized" steamed buns filled with pure deliciousness, while the irresistible Karavan doled out fresh cupcakes to eager party-goers.

Even the dogs got to take part in the festivities. They were a big hit with the kids and visa versa. Cisco and Astro quickly figured out that little people are way better at sharing food.


Since we knew we wouldn't be able to give everyone a personal tour, we put up signs pointing out some of the special features:


...like my prized dog water fountain. And the window in the stairwell made from the ribbon glass that we saved from the original house.


We also enlisted everyone's help in finalizing a couple of remaining decisions...


Voters young and old preferred the room with the window seat for Baby-O.


And a landslide victory awarding the bigger, albeit cluttered closet to me. One voter advocated we share both closets but designate one for clothes and the other for shoes and purses. Such clever friends we have!


The feature of the house that garnered the most attention was our glorious Madre Perla island.


The young ones all loved the hidden attic space (aka the dog house).


And at least one person in the male demographic complimented the pebble shower floor in the guest bathroom. Woohoo!


All-in-all it was a great day with old friends and lots of new little ones.



I-was having so much fun, I forgot all about my camera. Thank you Elaine, Vicky, Fernando, and James for your blog-worthy photos! And a huge thanks to Jeff Frankenfield, the world's best general contractor who made sure our site was in tip top shape for the open house and no kids were harmed in the process. Remarkably enough we are actually ahead of schedule and have six to eight weeks before our home is completed. 


Last but not least, thank you to the mystery photographer who found my iPhone sitting out and decided leave some surprise photos on it. Below is a kid's eye view of what the party looked like. The last photo of the towering James Witt is so money!




10 comments:

  1. Love! What a great way to share your home and celebrate your birthday!

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    1. Yes, if this is what being middle-aged and married is like, I'll take it!

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  2. Yay for middle-aged and married! I wish we still lived in the Bay Area so we could come tour your gorgeous house. I love remotely following the progress on the blog. Maybe a trip to Pittsburgh is in your future so you can tour our 100 year old house?!

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    1. Wow, Aparna. That sounds like a fun project! Come visit anytime, hopefully one of these days we'll make it out to Pittsburgh.

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  3. Top notch party you guys!! Your hip and happening guests were a delight. Loved the style and sense of unity in the new pad, and I'm still living off the 47 steamed bao treats I ate -- yum!

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    1. Glad you could make it, Brian! There are still extra baos in our refrigerator, so clearly you didn't eat enough.

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  4. We had SOO much fun and the baos were ridiculously yummy. I wish I knew you had leftovers. I'da been there. The tofu was BOMB. Can't wait till the next party when it's all dunzers!!

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  5. Hi Kay, I've been enjoying your blog.
    Questions:
    1. from which store did you get the Madre Perla island?
    2. can you please post some picture of your finished kitchen and bathrooms? or write a blog about your selection and design of flooring, color, tiles, fixtures, cabinets etc? The tile blog is the one I keep going back to, but seeing everything put together would be fantastic.

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    1. I purchased the Madre Perla slab from Da Vinci Marble in San Carlos (http://www.davincimarble.com/). They have a really nice demo island in their shop with a Madre Perla top. All Natural Stone and Tile (http://www.allnaturalstoneinc.com/) also carries Madre Perla. Your best bet is to drive around to different shops to see their slabs. I bought the slab in April of 2012 so the color will be different from what you get now. I believe the current batches of Madre Perla slabs have a paler, whiter hue now, whereas the one I purchased was silvery greenish. I've been meaning to post an update with interior photos of the finished house and will hopefully do so soon!

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    2. Thanks Kay. Will check them out. Waiting to see your update soon, before diaper change and feeding becoming your new gig:)

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