1677 Whitham Ave is located on two large parcels in the city of Los Altos. These are approved, buildable lots, with lot lines already set, and recorded. The build plans for two large single family homes are approved and building permits are about to be issued. The project is next to the prestigious Los Altos Country Club, with expansive view of the golf course. The two homes have easy access to Hwy 280 and less than 20 minutes drive from Google, Facebook and Apple.
The proposed new homes will be two-story high end homes designed for the high income professionals, executives and venture capitalists of Sillicon Valley, offering a blend of California living with indoor-outdoor features, open floor plans and large entertaining / family spaces. Each house will have spacious, bright, high ceiling basements to maximize buildable area.
On Lot 1:
Exterior: All stucco patch and deck tiles were 100% completed.
On Lot 2:
Interior: All trades are finishing up, flooring is 90% complete. Electrical is 90% complete. Electric meter set inspection passed and we expect the meter to be set and house to have power next week. Dishwasher, Grabage disposal, Wine Refrigrator, oven, Microwave and the Refrigerator are installed.
Exterior: Siding installation is 100% complete, Staining is in progress. The deck tile is almost complete. Upstairs deck will be finished this weekend. Gutters are installed. Fascia board and gutters are painted 100%.
1677 Whitham (Lot 1) construction is complete. We are currently working through Santa Clara County to complete "as-built" paperwork they are requesting as part of the final sign-off. We are working on a daily basis with our consultants and Santa Clara County to resolve and close escrow on the pre-sold property.
1669 Whitham (Lot 2) is making steady progress. The exterior is nearing completion with only staining of cedar and painting of fascia remaining. For the site work, we hope to start working on the landscape within the next month. On the interior, cabinet installation is complete, tile work is done, and flooring installation is about half-way done.
On Lot 1, all departments have signed off on the permit card with the exception of the Land Development Department. The house is complete and we are working on the punch-list items for the incoming buyer, while we work with Santa Clara County to process the Certificate of Occupancy for the home.
For Lot 2, tiling in the bathrooms is complete and cabinets are installed. We will be painting over the coming couple weeks in preparation to install the finish trims. On the exterior, we are on the final coat of stucco and will start working on the siding next week once we have a break in the weather.
The Whitham project continues to come together as we are completing the final touches on Lot 1. We have our final inspections scheduled for this upcoming week and if all goes well, will be closing escrow by the end of the following week.
On Lot 2, we are almost done with tile installation. Finishing of drywall is also nearing completion, and we are looking forward to starting cabinet installation next week. Hopefully with the break in weather coming next week, we will begin stocco and siding installation on the exterior.
The Whitham project is nearing completion and the end result is breathtaking. On Lot 1, we are just now completing the finishing touches and are expecting to receive occupancy in the next couple weeks. On Lot 2, we are working on taping and finishing the drywall and then will soon after be installing cabinets and starting tile work. On the exterior, we will also begin the first coat of stucco and begin the siding work.
On Whitham, construction is moving along really well. For Lot 1, we are completing exterior sewer and utility connection work and working on interior insulation and dry wall work. For Lot 2, we are completing the last of the framing work and have rough trade work going on. Again, both homes are pre-sold in non-contingent contracts.
Lot 1 is now nearing framing completion. We will soon be installing windows and starting plumbing, electrical and mechanical installation. On Lot 2, the first floor joists are now complete and we are prepping to begin framing of the first floor.
The foundation on the first floor of both homes is nearing completeion. Framing on lot 1 is well underway, and the second floor walls are making great progress which will be followed by framing of the roof.
Lot 2, framing is just begginning. We have a completion date of early April, which we are pushing aggresively towards.
Our property renderings are complete (and attached), material selection is completed, and we are going live this week with the homes on MLS!
The foundation for the garage and for the first floor of Lot 1 was inspected however there were a few correction items that need to be addressed. We are hoping to get it reinspected this week and pour. The framing will continue once those pieces of the foundation are complete. On Lot 2, the retaining walls along the rear of the property and at the driveway are complete. The waterproofing, drainage, and backfilling are about 80% complete. The foundation for the garage and the 1st floor will commence once the basement walls have been fully backfilled.
On Lot 1, the foundation for the first floor and the garage are nearly complete. As soon as we have the foundation poured, we will frame the first floor. On Lot 2, the basement walls are now poured, and the backyard retaining walls are complete. Waterproofing of the basement walls is making progress and when done will be begin backfilling.
On Lot 1, the foundation footings are excavated and the piers have been drilled. We will be pouring and then will be framing the first floor. On Lot 2, the basement wall reinforcement is complete and will be setting inside forms in preparation for pouring the walls. We are also working to complete the retaining walls behind Lot 2 that will support the eventual lawn.
On Lot 1, we are working on the foundation for the first floor. The footings have been excavated and we will be working on reinforcement and forming next week. Once the foundation is poured, we will continue the framing of the first floor and then begin to stand the walls. On Lot 2, the slab has been poured and reinforcement is at 50% for the walls. As soon as inspection has passed, we will be forming and pouring the basement walls.
Backfilling of the Lot 1 basement walls are complete and will now be working on the first-floor foundation so we can complete framing. On Lot 2, the slab is poured and we are now working to form and pour the basement walls as quickly as possible.
On Lot 1, the first-floor framing is now nearing completion. The backfilling of the basement walls will be done in "lifts" in order to ensure proper compaction. On Lot 2, the waterproofing is complete and now the construction crew is working on the structural reinforcement of the slab.
On Lot 1, the first-floor framing is underway. Waterproofing of the basement walls is now complete and backfilling of the walls is progressing. There is additional foundation work for the second floor which is required once backfill is complete. On Lot 2, the under-slab plumbing is complete and waterproofing is progressing. Structural reinforcement will be completed over the next two weeks.
Lot 1 forms have been stripped, waterproofing has started, and we are preparing to start interior wall framing. Lot 2 plumbing is complete and we are preparing to backfill and begin underslab waterproofing.
As you know we acquired the property in Jan 2017 with the purpose to build 2 new homes on the site. The original goal was to complete the project in 12 months - by Jan 2018.
Like we have mentioned in the past updates, the extensive rains in Winter as well as soil conditions delayed the project by about 4-5 months. We will be working on refinancing or extending the exisiting construction loan appropriately.
On Lot 1, the concrete walls for the basement are going to be poured tomorrow. The pour was scheduled for last week, but due to inspection issues with the County, we were forced to push that date. On Lot 2, we are working on plumbing prior to starting structural reinforcement for the slab.
On Lot 1, we are pushing to pour concrete this week for the basement walls. As soon as we complete the basement walls, we will begin waterproofing and backfill in preparation to frame the walls. On Lot 2, we are completing the plumbing trenches and preparation for the slab.
The construction team has started forming and reinforcement for the basement walls on Lot 1. We will continue this work next week. On Lot 2, they are starting outside forms for the slab and will be working on subgrade and reinforcement for the slab this week.
On Lot 1, we just poured the slab and will now start forming and putting in the structural reinforcement for the basement walls. On Lot 2, we also just poured all the piers. There are over 30 piers extending 18 feet to support the lower house foundation. We will now start preparing the basement slab.
On Lot 1, the slab reinforcement is complete and we are ready to pour. On Lot 2, cages are being built for the piers. Due to the slope of the lot, we have 35+ piers at varying depths.
On Lot 1, all under slab rough-in is complete and we are finishing up the slab reinforcement. We are hoping to pour at the beginning part of next week. On Lot 2, we have received final pad certification and all piers have been drilled. The drainage around the perimeter of the basement walls is also complete. Due to the soil issues we had at the beginning of the project, we are doing everything we can to crash the schedule and minimize durations and optimise dependencies.
On Lot 1, the piers have been poured and we are currently working on under slab plumbing for the basement level. Next week we will continue under slab plumbing and work on concrete. On Lot 2, we are importing dirt and building up the last remaining section of the building pad in order to start concrete work. We are spreading and compacting in 8" lifts so it is a very time-consuming process in order to ensure the building pad is properly built. We are working closely with the Soils Engineer to ensure that we are abiding by his recommendations during this process.
On Lot 1, we received approval from the Soils Engineer today to place the rebar in the piers and pour concrete. We will be pouring the concrete next week. On Lot 2, we are still grading the site. The drainage and soils conditions have made this particular site quite difficult. We are hoping to hand it off to the concrete contractor next week.
Whitham Lot 1 perimeter footings are now excavated and interior footings are nearing completion. We will be drilling the piers next week. On Lot 2, we continue to mix native and import material and compact so we can satisfy the requirements of the soils engineer.
Grading for Lot 1 is complete and concrete layout is progressing. We are currently importing dirt due to a requirement from the soil engineer requesting that the soil on-site be mixed with non-native, dry, soil. This has caused about a three-week delay in the grading progress. Grading work will continue on Lot 2 over the next two weeks. Meanwhile, we are eager to concurrently make progress on the Lot 1 concrete.
Lot 1 pad is now complete and the concrete contractor is setting elevations in preparation to start formwork. On Lot 2, we ran into some unanticipated soil conditions. Due to saturated conditions, we are having to over-excavate and import non-native soil to address the soil engineers concern. We are hoping to have the Lot 2 building pad complete is the next two weeks.
Grading work is progressing quickly now that the soil has dried out quite a bit. The Lot 1 building pad is nearing completion. Lot 2, the lower lot, retaining wall will be starting shortly so we can backfill against to complete the building pad. We have also started working to finalize the exterior design renderings.
The recent storms have slowed us down in our grading progress to date but with a break in the weather being shown in the coming forecast, we are hopeful to catch up. Grading re-started again today and the Lot 1 building pad is nearing completion. We will be working our way down the hill to build up the Lot 2 building pad.
The site work has just started with the grading for the two homes. We have been value-engineering the design over the last couple of weeks and will continue to do so until we have the design that yields the best value.
All fees have been paid and the permit is ready to be pulled in order to begin construction. We have been working closely with the contractors and consultants on this project so we can hit the ground running. We will begin mobilization next week.