When we installed our solar system in 2018, we installed a little more than half what we had the capacity for on the roof. The idea was that we didn’t want to over install solar, so we thought we’d sit back and see what portion of our usage the initial array offset. In the yearRead more about More solar[…]
Our front lawn had never really thrived. It looked stressed and started developing some brown spots a few months after it was installed. And it showed striping, with rows of greener and browner areas. Given that our watering system was in rows under the lawn, this meant that something with the watering was wrong,Read more about Lawn redux[…]
We added an audio system to our pool area. Visible there are 3 of 6 speakers, and the sub-woofer that will get buried in the ground except for the mushroom cap. It is driven by this system in our pool mechanical room. It integrates with our whole house audio system such that we stream musicRead more about Outdoor music[…]
Our chicken coop is done! We picked up our three little chicks last weekend. They will be 6-8 weeks in the brooder in the house, and then they can move to the coop.
Managing a lot of a big job like this, we were bound to make some mistakes. Other than hiring the wrong plumber, most of the mistakes we made were not substantial. One mistake we made had to do with our exterior stairs. They are wood framed, covered in stone, and go from the 2nd floor,Read more about Oops, or how we learned an important lesson[…]
In June and July we added an outdoor BBQ counter which pretty well completes our pool area hardscape. Here it is complete. Note the railings on the left side of the counter. Those are made to look like the other railings in our house, but they are hollow and carry the utilities to the counter,Read more about Outdoor BBQ[…]
We weren’t particular happy with how are outdoor shower off of the garage looked so in May we added a concrete drainage pan, tiled with a flat pebble look, and used flat pebbles around the flagstone pathway nearby. We love how it turned out!
It’s been about 4 months since I last updated this site and a bunch of stuff has happened. Most notably, our pool was finished about a month ago. We started the pool in early March and were originally quoted 2-3 months for completion; it ended up taking about 4 1/2 months until everything was done. Read more about The Pool[…]
Well that was quick. A crew of four plumbers arrived yesterday and knocked out all the pool plumbing in a day. Admittedly, they were helped a little by the fact that we had pre-plumbed the part from our pool house mechanical room to the edge of the pool, when we first built it. It runsRead more about Pool plumbing[…]
The pool steel got finished last week, and looks great, but there was a delay with the plumbers, as the coronavirus has left them with a smaller crew. We are still hoping for plumbing and shotcrete in the coming week, and the weather forecast looks favorable.