Peter Hirschberg

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Construction Update

Just got word from the builder that his crew will be on vacation all this week. So I guess not much will be happening with the building until Monday.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Construction Update

Well, absolutely nothing happened Thursday or Friday. *sigh* I'm not sure what the hold-up is. It's kind of frustrating, because people keep asking me when the gameroom will be done, and I don't know since days and days go by where nothing happens. Oh well. It gives us more time to save up for the remainder of the construction cost.

In other news, I picked up a couple Centipede machines for a buddy that does paint restoration work for me, and had no room in the house to put them. So I stuck them in the garage for the time-being. I took a couple photos, so now you can kind of get some idea as to the scale and what it will look like with machines in the gameroom.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Construction Update

Sorry I haven't updated in almost a week. Absolutely nothing was going on. So I was happy this morning to see the workmen back again.

They began siding the garage bay doors, and got one of them almost done. It's just missing a curved piece at the top.

I guess it's to give the 4" v-groove boards something to nail in to, but they added additional blocking on the inside wall behind the garage bay door they sided today.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Construction Update

They had to make the closet for the HVAC unit bigger, which meant ripping out a good portion of what was there. Oops. Here's what it looks like now.

For comparison, this is what it originally looked like:

For the record, I had asked for all this to be outside the building anyway, but it didn't happen that way. Oh well.

They added the upstairs door today.

They did a little bit of the siding on the front around the garage doors.

Other than that, it's just been working out the money aspect of overything. The builder gave us the bill for some of the additional stuff we've been adding beyond the original estimate (things like the interior paint, etc). That came to $12,795. On top of that there's the stonework we are putting on the exterior - that comes to $8650, and the wood design I want for the garage bay doors comes to another $4900 additional. This is on top of the $12k we had to pay to have the septic field moved and the electrician's bill which we are having to cover due to all the additional work he is doing. I'm not doing a very good job keeping this project on budget.

The blacklight carpeting for the downstairs hasn't been estimated or paid for yet. I'm guessing the estimate will come in at around $5k, which we don't have. So we're going to have to put off the carpeting for a month or two until we save up for it. As a consequence, the games won't be able to be moved in until then.

This project is like a black hole that sucks in money. :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Chasing Ghosts playing in NY at BAM

In addition to playing at the LA Film Festival, Chasing Ghosts will also be playing in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The screening schedule is as follows:

  • Thu, June 7 at 6:40pm
  • Sat, June 9 at midnight
See the complete listing on the BAM page here:

Unlike the LA Film Festival screening, I probably won't be attending the NY showings.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Chasing Ghosts at the LA Film Festival

A little more details that I just found out. The screening of Chasing Ghosts at the LA Film Festival is going to be on June 24th at the Mann National. The theater seats 1200 people, so there's no excuse for you to not have a ticket. :-)

Construction Update

Not much happened today. I did work over the weekend running phone wire through the building, and I added the rough-in boxes for the speaker wire connections.

I also needed to come up with a design for the garage doors. Here's what I came up with over the weekend and gave to the builder today:

Friday, May 11, 2007

Construction Update

They finally closed off the last bay door today. It looks really cool inside now! (hard to tell from the photos)

This is the window seat for the upstairs window. It will open up on top.

And the door for the upstairs entrance (not installed yet obviously)

They also extended the bulkheads on the front of the building (at my request) to match the size of the ones in the rear of the building. They were smaller due to how the front of the building was enclosed to seal off the garage bay doors. You can see how they added an extra piece to bring them out a little farther.

And lastly they finished up the cedar wrap around the breezeway ceiling.

The builder said they might be able to start drywalling in the next week or so!

Chasing Ghosts at the LA Film Festival

The LA Film Festival has just announced the films for this year's upcoming festival and Chasing Ghosts will be playing there! This is the film about the 80s arcade scene for which I provided some of my computer animation.

The site's announcement is a PDF document, but the announcement can be found in HTML format here:

I will be there. Make plans to attend if you can make it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Construction Update

Today they.......worked on the siding! Yay!

They also added the ceiling to the outdoor breezeway.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Construction Update

Yep, they are still working on the siding!

And the electrical! The covers are on but here's the current state of the breakers and wiring.

Lots of switches!

The recessed lighting for the outdoor breezeway cutout.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Construction Update

They've been continuing to work on the siding and the electrical work (lots of wires!).

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Construction Update

Lots of stuff happened today!

Here's the electric meter (just for the garage). Yikes.

They sheeted over 2 of the 3 bay doors (probably leaving the last one open to let light in). It actually looks even BIGGER inside with the sheeting. The wires hanging down in these photos are where the 10 blacklight ceiling fixtures will go.

This is the large upstairs window before and after, and a picture of the view from the window.

The support pole for the cutout breezeway.

The upstairs with the window in! They also added another layer of flooring down as it felt pretty flimsy with just the one layer of plywood.

The stairway landing window before and after

The progress on the siding.

The door for the storage under the stairs. This was going to be a little hideout for the kids (they asked for it), so the door was supposed to just be a little crawlspace access. I need to let the builder know.