Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Outdoor shower framed in

The hardiboard framing is complete. The boards were stained with the
same blue grey we used on the house (Benjamin Moore "Stonehedge"
exterior oil-based solid stain). The red trim is painted with the same
color used on the exterior doors (Benjamin Moore "Georgian Brick"
exterior enamel). Pressure treated trim pieces for the exposed edges
are still to be fabricated. Battery-operated LED glass bulbs made for
exterior use sit on top of the galvanized framing poles. Our plumber
is coming later this week to install and connect everything up.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Top soil

Spreading top soil in the new flower beds, ready for the boxwood hedge
to go in after Mom roto-tills the area.

Outdoor shower walls going up

We're using hardiboard siding to make a louvered privacy screen for
the outdoor shower. Left-over roofing screws hold the siding to
galvanized fence posts.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rock art

Big brother designs rock pillars as art. What is little brother doing
with that hammer in his hand and that gleam in his eye?

Rock quarry

Chiseling stones in the rock quarry, preparing pieces for edging walls
and paths. Notice the new curving boxwood hedge designed to create a
driveway with pedestrian entryway into the front yard. When your land
is a building site, cars and trucks drive all over the place, making a
muddy, sandy mess. Transforming the building site into a home requires
a bit of landscaping to manage the movement of people and their

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Screen door reinforcement

The screen door gets another layer of protection: a sheet of stainless
steel mesh at child level.

Stone paths

A stone path created with the discarded granite connecting two parts
of the back yard. Shiny-side-down makes it safely traversable when wet.


The kitchen island gets brackets, a precaution to ensure that the
weighty stone stays in place.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Granite harvesting

Sourcing granite remnants from the local landfill to create
"flagstone" paths around the property.