Additional landscaping

February 12, 2014 1 comment

The City said we need to ensure water doesn’t run onto the neighbor’s property. It always has done, since before we were here, since the lowest point is the ditch on his property. They said it runs on his driveway, but that’s because he built his driveway on a wet weather creek. I interpret this rule as meaning our water can’t run-off on his driveway, since the literal interpretation would mean all water must go down or evaporate since all other land is someone else’s land.

To ensure our water stays off his driveway we’re building our own rock-filled ditch around the neighbor’s ditch. So now the neighbor is unhappy saying that we’ve strayed onto his land! We don’t believe we have but we can’t find the metal pin that marks the boundary so Ian from ESC rented a metal detector to find it.

All to prevent water going on the neighbor’s land, which it always has and which he doesn’t care about. The new ditch he’s not so keen on though.




Meanwhile we’re taking down some dead and poorly trees.


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Landscaping Finishing Up

January 29, 2014 1 comment

The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO), the paperwork from Lakeway City that will allow us to move in is awaiting completion of the landscaping.

Very cold weather last Friday and yesterday have delayed the landscaping but today is the last day of their work. (Except for some tree trimming and pruning by a separate crew to be done later in the week).

As the last day on the job for the ESC crew Lana thoughtfully bought them pizza for lunch.

Hopefully they’ll be no more obstacles to TCO and move in!

Well deserved pizzas treat for ESC crew

Well deserved pizza treat for the ESC crew

Testing irrigation of the lawn grass

Testing irrigation of the lawn grass

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Odd jobs

January 19, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday I put the numbers on the house.


I also finally put these door handles on. No one seemed to want to do this ! I don’t know why, it wasn’t that hard.


I also refitted a door strike the painters took off and never replaced. And a coax and phone outlet that was not replaced.

I also fired up the heat pump hot water heater for the first time. At first I thought there was a problem as the trip switch was on but there was no power. But after getting a meter I was able to ascertain that the separate disconnect near the heater had power and then found the connector was not fully pushed home. Once pushed in hard it powered up.

By God it’s noisy! If I ‘d known it was that noisy I would have put it in the garage. Better yet, next door’s garage. It’s like having a truck engine in the pantry!


By the way, note the Ethernet jack bottom right for the Internet of Water Heaters and other Things. This can enable smart grid variable pricing etc but with Pedernales Electric we should just be thankful for a supply, they’re not exactly pro- green.

Landscaping is progressing

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment


Mailbox is done, and I received my first letter already! A scam letter naturally. God bless America!




Driveway widening

November 7, 2013 1 comment

Driveway widening started today. The local ordinance says 12ft minimum width so the architects put 12ft in the plans. The builder made the driveway 12ft +/- 6 inch, then added 6 inch curbs on each side, making it 11 ft +/- 6 inch. The rule is 12 ft to drive on minimum.

The first job is removing the curb on one side, where it will be widened.



Garage ceiling

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Garage ceiling was done today. The guys are fixing the last panel here.


The GC didn’t view this as part of the job of building a house.

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Fridge in, landscaping started

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

The fridge is in, no thanks to the contractor who made the space too small.


It backs onto the heat pump water heater which scavenges fridge waste heat.


The glass in the master shower is now properly supported, something the Lakeway City inspector didn’t like. I got the CRL hardware myself and Mike my handyman put it on, rather than getting the incompetents who left it like that back in.


Landscaping is in full swing. The City rules say no more than a 2ft drop hence the terracing on the driveway. Culvert under the driveway is nicely hidden by the rock bridge.


Lots of stone and dirt keeps arriving onto the driveway.



They cleared this area of rocks to use elsewhere in the landscape.