Shrub it up!

August 27, 2009

I can’t wait to work on our garden! To be honest, I think I am more excited about the landscape than the house. Perhaps because the house has been ‘done’, in my head for over a year.  Or maybe its because I am a giant tree hugger. I grew up in the deep south where big trees meant big shade. Whatever the reason I am super excited to get started on making our corner of Madrona a little greener.

 I met with my pal, and landscape architect, Beth, this week and IT’S GONNA BE GREAT!  She had some creative ideas, started sketching and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe its because she mentioned the Katsura Tree. I love these trees and always have. I’ve never had a place to plant one, until, possibly now. Whoo boy.  I can’t wait! Give me this tree (or maybe 3) over a fancy refrigerator any day.



Obama should thank us.

August 26, 2009

President Obama should send a thank you note to our family. We are single handedly trying to jump start this economy. We’re hiring all sorts of tradespeople, buying all sorts of products, trying to be as ‘green’ as possible, and basically, perhaps stupidly, ignoring this recession.

But, I suppose we could be doing more. I’ve been looking at plumbing products – tubs, faucets, toilets – and I feel like a pauper! I mean, we cannot afford a $10,000 tub. Nor can we afford an $800 potty. Do we really need to? Would my bath, or, well, whatever, be that much better in or on those expensive items? Doubtful.

Nope, we’re looking at the basics.  Simple white fixtures, without a lot of ‘extras’, will work  just fine and look pretty darn nice too. But now, I’m wondering, are those expensive ones self cleaning?

Leave a light on, please.

August 26, 2009

Last night, MacGuyver, Graceland, the two kids and 1 dog were at the house site working. Late. We’re getting ready for the plumber to do his rough in. The kids were playing and we were working. Well, I should say MacGuyver was working, I was leading tours. We had several neighbors stop by, namely Tina and Easton (complete with Mojitos!!!), and Craig, Isabel and Zierna. It was so great to see them all and feel like they were stopping by our home. Yay! It was a little glimpse into what we hope will be LOTS of neighbors stopping by to chat, enjoy the view, or of course, deliver Mojitos.

We then still had much work to do. MacGuyver rigged up a single lamp that we could move around to each bathroom location.  Kids played happily in the dark and in the dirt (please don’t call CPS), and we moved the old dog from room to room with us so she wouldn’t get frightened and start barking.  So there we were, our happy family working and playing, under a single lightbulb, in our new abode.


August 24, 2009

Our house is not nailed together, it is strapped together. I wonder, is it more elastic than most houses (think Elastigirl from The Incredibles)? In the event of an earthquake, our structural engineer, Julie, has designed this house so it will bend and stretch rather than crack and break. Not sure what that will do to the contents or inhabitants. Guess we’ll have to be a bit, um, flexible.strapsstraps 2

House-y shape!

August 21, 2009

I love this picture. This is it minus the front porch.If a kid drew a house,  this is what it would look like. Just the shape, square shapes for windows, and without any fluff.

exterior aug 18


August 21, 2009

The slab is poured in the basement. This is our version of a time capsule.


And more beef.

August 10, 2009

Seems I haven’t got the blog thing down yet. Posted some photos and they went careening off into the Ethernet… Live long and prosper little images!

Here’s another try.

temporary stairs.

temporary stairs.

antonio and crew building the master bedroom wall

antonio and crew building the master bedroom wall

antonio builds frances' exterior walls.

antonio builds frances' exterior walls.