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Windows are here

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

The windows are here. Well the normal windows not the commercial glazing. They are Energy Star rated, Low-e 366, Argon filled. I don’t like the way that the glass is set inside on the non-operable ones, it doesn’t look as good as the operable ones where it’s on the outside. They are wood frames but have aluminum external cladding.

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Retaining wall

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I am trying to figure out what to do about the retaining wall in the cut behind the house. Since the lawn behind the house contains the drip irrigation from the septic system, it’s a requirement to have a plastic retaining sheet, so you don’t get foul water seeping out of the bank.

Lana suggested trying to incorporate flower beds to catch and use any rainwater run-off from the lawn, and prevent the water getting to the house. Here’s an idea I came up with. I just don’t know what to cover the plastic sheet at the top of the cut with? Maybe slate? Or small think pieces of limestone?

 

Retaining wall

Retaining wall

Progress

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Good to see some progress after the cold and wet weather we had.

Upstairs roof is on now. That vertical wood post won’t be there in the end. We are still waiting on the engineer to size the steel support that goes from the bit of roof not put on up to the steel trellis overhang.

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Conservatory roof is on. I like the nice simple engineering of this room!

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View from the upstairs room towards Lake Travis. The bad news, there is no lake view. The good news, those trees in the way are mine. Maybe if I take some out we’ll get a bit of a lake view…?

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View from the street. You can’t see much, which is just how I like it!

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Fascia before / after : That worked!

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Well that worked, the fascia problem as the house roof meets the garage is solved quite nicely.

 

BEFORE

BEFORE

 

And now:

AFTER

AFTER

 

It’s hard to see but that fascia goes from 6″ high to 8″ high (the bottom is not level and is not parallel with the top edge). However the eye tends to put it down to perspective, so you hardly notice it. Result!

If you’re wondering what the sheet on top is, that’s a water-proof membrane between the plywood sub-roof and the metal roof which is yet to be put on top.

Mr Slim Wall Mount

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Mr Slim Wall Mount

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