Per the rental agreement, there is no smoking allowed in the apartment, balcony or on our property. Violators of this rule will be asked to leave immediately, and if there is a security deposit, it will be forfeited along with your rental payment. So if you are a smoker, this is an excellent time to quit.
You may park under the apartment in the carport. The overhead light comes on for a few minutes when you are near it. If you park on 35th Street (or have guests that need to do so), please use the Residential Parking hang tag that is in the top drawer under the oven/microwave. Do not park blocking the sidewalk or with the car aimed the “wrong way” when parallel parked. We have seen tickets doled out for both of these infractions.
The keyless entry is keyed to the last four digits of your cell phone. There is also a key to the deadbolt in the top drawer under the microwave. The entry light will come on automatically when you are near it. If you have any problem getting in, ring the doorbell, Rice will answer if possible, and can remotely open the deadbolt. Most guests don’t use the key.
Lights & Plugs:
All interior and exterior lights on the building are LED. Most are labeled. One or two may flicker if the dimmer is turned down too low, so just turn it up a bit (slide by the switch) and it will stop flickering. The white floor lamp by the bookcase has a white foot switch, near the base. Step on it to turn on/off. Or say “Hey Google, turn on the floor lamp” and conversely, “OK Google, turn off the floor lamp.” The wall plug just below the oven/microwave has built-in USB ports, no adapter needed; there are several by the bed too. The black floor lamp (Aukey) that extends over the couch, has a multi-function on/off button. One press turns on the light, rotate the knob to change the brightness level, press the knob quickly to jump through the three color temperature settings, and lastly to turn it off use a LONG press on the knob.
Bathroom and vanity:
Pantene™ shampoo (white color) and Neutrogena™ body wash are in a dispenser in the shower. There is a silver touch-free hand soap dispenser by the vanity with Meyer’s Hand Soap (same as the pump bottle by the kitchen sink). There is additional bar soap in the drawer under the vanity sink in the basket; also a hair dryer, extra hand towels and wash cloths. Ladies, please use the makeup remover tissues in the resealable container or the dark “Makeup” wash cloths. The pure white wash cloths are best for all other purposes. Other amenities can also be found in these drawers including beach towels. Please do not take the white bath towels out of the apartment. Fresh towels will be provided every 3-4 days. Bed linens are changed weekly.
You will find hangers, extra blankets. In the corner closet is a light duty vacuum cleaner, and an ironing board next to it. The iron and a small clothes steamer are just above them on the next shelf. There are also two umbrellas and a “beach mat” to take to Barton Springs or wherever.
It is a queen-sized bed, it just stores vertically. Be sure to snap the restraining strap back into place each time you fold it up into its enclosure. When it is down, the large fabric-covered foam pillows are designed to be dropped into the space behind the bed to form an instant headboard. Please remove these before trying to put the bed back into the vertical position. Above the bed are two down feather & two synthetic pillows. There is a lightweight white cotton blanket & synthetic blanket in the wardrobe. There is a sound machine just to the left of the bed. It has many selections, adjust as needed for white noise or leave it off. Note: if there is a power outage, the sound machine comes on after power is restored, please just turn it off!
The microwave appliance is a full-fledged convection oven as well. Please see the directions in the drawer below it for full instructions. Pots, pans, cooking & eating utensils are all located under the two-burner cook top. The cooking surface gets very hot, so be cautious. There is a dish-drying rack under the sink, and a gray absorbent pad (to go under it) for drying dishes adjacent to it on the door. There are also bins for trash and recycling under the sink. Trash and recycle pick up is on Friday mornings (recycle is 2x a month). We will collect your trash if you are out on Thursday; otherwise please put your trash in the gray City of Austin container adjacent to the carport. Recycle goes into the larger blue container (paper, glass, cans, plastic, cardboard, but NOT plastic bags or styrofoam). You’ll find extra trash bags under the sink for bathroom and kitchen containers. In the lower cabinet just to the left of the refrigerator are extra paper towels & a blender. A sliced bread toaster is in the far bottom left drawer, close to the dining table. There is a toaster oven in one of the bottom kitchen drawers. Make sure it’s cool before you put it back! On the counter is the coffee maker and a small supply of fresh ground coffee. Coffee filters are in the drawer under the coffee maker. There is a gold screen metal filter sitting in the coffee maker. You may put the coffee grinds directly in this OR use one of the paper filters. Don’t use BOTH! A tea selection is in the drawer under the coffee maker with the filters & dish towels, plus some hot chocolate packages. Rummage around, and if you can’t find what you need, call us! If you run out of any of these supplies, call us (or text).
The fire extinguisher is just to the right of the refrigerator by the balcony doors.
Please do not turn off the refrigerator!
Depending on the weather, we’ll need to access to the apartment every 1-3 days at a minimum to tend to the plants (watering jug is under the kitchen sink, please don’t recycle it). The balcony light switch is just to the right of the balcony doors on the inside (next to the fan control slightly behind the TV) DO NOT TURN IT OFF. Just say “hey Google, turn on the balcony lights 25%” or “hey Google, turn off the balcony lights.” The voice commands will not work if you fiddle with this switch, it’s taped down so you won’t use it.
We may come tie the chairs to the railing if the weather is supposed to be really windy.
Sonos Music Speakers
Lastly you can stream music and audio via the SONOS player. The SONOS app is on the iPad on the coffee table. The Sonos system is connected to our music collection [Music Library], plus Pandora and dozens of other sources. Please play music through the Gallery House pair of speakers! We have Sonos speakers in our house too!
The interior ceiling fan is controlled by the wall switch at the head of the stairs. You cannot change the speed. The fan on the deck has its controls just inside the balcony doors on the right. Slightly behind the TV.
Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump. Simple directions are the primary buttons on the remote: ON/OFF, TOO WARM, TOO COLD... just press the button while aiming the infrared remote at the unit on the wall. More complicated directions are under the sliding panel on the remote. The MODE button is used to change from HEAT to COOL, and will show a small “SUN” symbol or a “SNOWFLAKE” respectively.The full instructions are in the drawer under the oven/microwave. PLEASE TURN IT OFF if you leave the doors or windows open for an extended period of time.
HEPA Air Filter:
The Winix HEPA air filter behind the couch is set on auto, which generally has an unoffensive sound level. If you want to turn it off, power is on the top left. The HEPA filters are replaced every six months and they are cleaned between guests.
Netatmo Weather Station
The base unit for our home weather station is adjacent to the oven/microwave over the stairs. You may access it’s readings with the NETATMO app on the iPad. The outdoor temperature sensor is in the carport, shaded from direct sunlight. It’s a good resource to see how the air quality is inside the apartment. I recommend that guests open some doors and/or windows for 10 minutes a day at a minimum to let in some fresh air. The apartment is VERY WELL insulated and sealed, so the air quality will decline over time if you don’t let some CO2 out of the apartment.
Information about “green” Gallery House (more than most want to know):
We received our Certificate of Occupancy (CO) on January 26, 2012. We had many hurdles to leap, as the 1927 house is an Austin Historic Landmark (Fruth House) and then there is the competency of City of Austin staff....It took 10 months of patience for all the approvals, then another 5 months of impatience to get the Building Permit to begin (a long story about the wastewater lines) and then another 11 months until the CO. Yes, 26 months.
Our first guests arrived for South by Southwest in March 2012.
We designed Gallery House to be energy-efficient as much as possible...and durable to minimize maintenance when we are old. :-)
It has 100% LED lighting: The central ceiling LED lights on full brightness draw about only 80 watts.
The tankless gas water heater has a capacity of approximately 5.5 gallons/minute and it never runs out...
4 KW of solar panels on the roof: 16 x 250 watt panels, 96% efficient with a micro inverter on each panel. Only 120v. a/c power comes off the roof through one roof penetration. The panels are attached via clamps to the raised seams of the metal roof. The electricity they generate is more than 100% of the electricity for the apartment.
The metal roof is air ventilated from the edge of the building to the roof ridge, with angular strips of wood elevating it from the plywood and tarpaper sub roof.
The roof and floor are insulated with Icynene®, the walls are insulated with BIBS® (blown in blanket system), including the garage below.
Windows are Marvin® Integrity with Low-E glass. The apartment is as tight as a thermos bottle. Again, I recomment guests opening the doors and/or windows for 10 minutes every day to let in some fresh air as the apartment barely “leaks.”
The balcony decking is Trex® flooring. It should last forever...
Most of the exterior is HardiePlank® siding (a cement based product).
Mitsubishi mini-split Heat Pump has a 19.2 SEER rating. It provides heating and cooling. It performs best if you leave it on constantly.
Pine floors came from a Schlitz beer distributor warehouse in the 600 block of North Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas. They are almost a century old: Longleaf, Shortleaf, and Loblolly pines. Please do not wear high heeled shoes on them! Pine is a softwood, not a hardwood!
The bricks around the entry are from the original house, recycled from a chimney, dated 1924 (date stamps were intentionally placed to be visible, much to the consternation of the mason).
“Carpeting” is from FLOR. FLOR tiles are made from recycled fibers and can be recycled...and one tile can be removed and washed or replaced if damaged, instead of an entire rug.
The doormat at the entry is made from recycled ropes from Maine lobster traps.
The bed is from the original Murphy bed company in Farmingdale, New York. We learned there are many wannabes, there is only one Murphy bed.
Pictures are hung from the Fry Reglet Integrated Functional Reveal embedded in the sheetrock.
We will eventually add a water collection system to the gutters to supply water for a future garden.
The railings on the stairs and balcony were custom-made in Austin.
The lavatory & bath soap is from the SouthAustinPeople.com (SoAP), unless we run out and use other brands.
The photographic images circulating through the Google Home Hub and displayed in the apartment are all by Rice Jackson.
We love Central Austin, and hope you will too. Thank you for being our guest! Please call or text us if you have any additional needs. 512-560-7711 (Rice’s cell) or 512-560-1953 (Pam’s cell).
Rice Jackson & Pamela Bell, owners