Monday, February 24, 2014

I've been framed

Our guest house is coming along nicely. The framing is now completed and the front (and only) door is installed.  The metal roof will go on in one week, and the stucco and masonry crews will start their thing within two weeks.   Then things slow down dramatically as I start the interior electrical, HVAC, and plumbing work, which must be roughed in before the foam insulation is sprayed in the exterior walls.  The goal is to have it ready for some sort of basic occupancy by Thanksgiving, which at this point is looking pretty likely.  Reservations, anyone?

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Our new lot next door has a couple of outstanding features, an the cluster of large live oak trees at the top of the hill is my favorite.  Luckily this tree has a great horizontal branch about 20 feet in the air which made it the perfect place to hand a swing for the grandkids.  Unfortunately, 20 feet in the air seems a lot higher than that when you are the one 20 feet up trying to install it.  

Here is the finished product, finished except for the notable lack of a grandkid on it.  That should happen soon sometime  during spring break when it will get its first real test.


Here is the few from the swing looking straight up, which is really magical on a nice day with the clouds slowly drifting by.  Even more magical to be enjoying it with others.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Foundation for Success

We just poured the guest house foundation, so soon the fun part begins as the work goes vertical.  My favorite part of a project is standing inside a space I designed for the very first time.  Unless something isn't right that is, which is not so much fun.  But this little guest house is going to be PERFECT.  We  might actually want to start calling it something other than a guest house since Ann's plan is for us to bail out into it when main house fills up. Old folks like us need peace and quiet...