October 9, 2011 - It is amazing how some simple trim around the exterior of the building can make such a difference in how it looks. Each piece of trim has to be carefully cut, routed, bent, fabricated and installed. It is time consuming work that has to be done with precision, but it is well worth the effort.
Other work we accomplished included getting the picnic table and benches installed, and we used the skid steer to move and shape the dirt around the building.
On Sunday we got some very needed rain. This will soften the dirt and make it easier to do some landscaping work we have planned for next week. We will also work on the picnic table top and the 4 bench seats around it. Our plans are to install ceramic tile on both, and we may have enough left over from the building to make a nice pattern.
We nicknamed the ADA ramp "The Armadillo", and use the area under it to store building materials.The rain was a reminder that we have a lot of work to do to get this area watertight, and move the water away from the building. One day we will put a concrete floor here, but for now we will have to deal with wet dirt for a while.
The rain came too late for several of the nice hardwood trees around the building. These trees are dead and will need to come down once everything else on the building is finished. We will also begin working on the landscaping around the building by planting some sago palms. When I first bought the property, I went to a nursery, and told the owner I did not have much of a green thumb. I asked him for his suggestions on what I should plant, and he immediately said..."well, sago palms were here when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, so that is probably a good choice for you". He was right, all 18 plants we got from him have survived the past 11 years, and have sprouted hundreds of "pups" (new sagos that grow at the base of the plant and can be cut and potted).
Next week we will continue working on the building trim, finish the picnic table and benches, work on the summer kitchen, and begin landscaping.
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