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House Update #4

Hi, everyone!  Gee!  How time flies!  It seems that not much has happened in the past two weeks…I decided last week to give you a break from the boring “how my house is going”…did you enjoy the “Dog Houses”??  I bet the one that Paris Hilton’s dog lives in is more expensive than all of our houses together…..I had “high hopes” for a lot to be accomplished two weeks ago…but, I was busy watching my seedlings…here is my spaghetti sauce growing….basil and tomatoes….how are your gardens growing?

 
Actually, although it doesn’t LOOK like much has been accomplished, quite a bit of work has been accomplished!  I REALLY wanted to get photos taken of the pool as it was built…but….my son and I drove down to the house several days ago, he hadn’t seen progress since the trusses were set.  We were about a mile and a half from the house when I noticed my “tire” light came on.  Just as I mentioned it to my son, my rear passenger tire started making a HORRIBLE noise, so I pulled over….forty two years ago, I confess, I was a bit disappointed when the doctor said “It’s a BOY!”  BUT…when that tire went wonky, it was my SON who was the first one out of the car to see what the problem was…so, “It’s a BOY!” is often  the very best thing that ever happened in my life!  So, my dear son said “No, we aren’t waiting an hour for AAA, Mom…I will put the spare on!”  And, faster than you can say H.R.Puffinstuff, the tire was swapped out, and we were in our way…the first thing we noticed was that they have the stucco on the front about half done….
 
This week, I guess they’ve been waiting for it to cure…they’ve added the keystones…
 
In the Billiards room, they worked on the bathroom tile…
 
That looks nice…we selected the white subway tile and the blue glass accent tile as the “default” throughout the house.  Because of the “wet location” we used a very simple generic “grey tile for the flooring in all of the bathrooms–you will see that in the master bath photo.  Next, is the guest-room bath:  they’ve finished the bath tile surround and the floor done….
 
And, in the Master Bath…they did not get the shower done…but, the floors are installed:
 
Very nice!  I’m happy!!!  Here is the closeup of the glass tile:
 
The REALLY big change was in the back yard:

 

 
The pool still needs that special coating…and the cobalt blue tiles done along the inside edge…but, you get the picture of what it is supposed to look like!   We had rain several days this week…and although you probably cannot tell by looking at it…we don’t have “soil” per se…we have SAND!  It’s a wonder that anything other than kudzu grows in the sand/silt left by the Millenium as the water ebbed and flowed in and out of the swamp! In spite of the rain, they were able to start the retaining wall …(after all, if rain stopped construction, Seattle wouldn’t have the Space Needle!!  Here is the yard before the retaining wall was started:
 
Before adding the retaining wall, our “level” yard ended about 10 feet closer to the house.  You can see the stick marking the line in the second photo.

Below, you can see…that by installing the retaining wall, the useable area of our yard is increased….
 
The angle is a little different, but you can still see the stick marking the old line indicating “level to here”.   If you look along the block wall, you can see about half way down (by the green trees) the drainage pipe.  There is another drainage pipe just out of camera view.  This allows the yard to drain down into the creek without washing away my soil and blocks &  pavers.  After the blocks are completed, brick pavers will be installed to cover those ugly blocks!
Well, ladies, I haven’t heard from Kelly…but I will send her an email to find out what is happening…and I will let you know.  Thank you for letting me share the building process with you…I’m afraid that it consumes my life right now…if I ever up and find something else to do that is exciting…or at least doesn’t have anything to do with building my house….I’ll let you know….until then…love to you all!!
Mama

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5 Responses to House Update #4

  1. renaes24 says:

    How are your spaghetti trees coming?

  2. Mama Via says:

    I’m waiting fir them to break the soil! I planted those suckers MONTHS ago!

  3. TrulyUSA says:

    Thanks for the update! It’s looking good. I need to put some retaining walls around my place, it had those old railroad ties and they are rotting so I need something else put there. I just don’t want to spend a bunch of money, and I’m in the countryside, so I may just go with more railroad ties. After all, these lasted 25 years and that’s long enough for the rest of my lifetime, I hope!

    • TrulyUSA says:

      My garden? I quit planting because the deer ate it all!

    • Mama Via says:

      Well…right now…my “garden” is in the “Florida room”…safe from deer, ducks, geese and French Bulldogs…only the geckos are watching over them…once we move to Casa Azul….we will see what critters live in the forest behind the house…

      I was telling my DH that it was odd that I had helped my gramma “put up” tomatoes every year when I was a kid…but…I haven’t planted anything since 1972….oh, Lordy….we were talking about that as we were munching on fresh from the (container) garden tomato sandwiches!! I had forgotten how wonderfully yummy garden tomatoes are!!

      I planted red AND purple bell peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, sweet basil and yellow pear tomatoes this afternoon. We are going to the Little Big Horn next month…so, I also got self-watering planters today, too….so I won’t have to worry about my garden while we are gone…

      I think kelly said that she was going to do a garden this spring, too…

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