Monday, July 23, 2012

Scott McKeen comes to visit. Then writes about it.


Shortly after the July Doors Open weekend, we had a visit by Scott McKeen. He came on a mission to learn and then write about what our house is all about.  Serena was kinda' disappointed that the photographer didn't make an effort to make small things in the photos look right.  And the fact he opened up the pantry to reveal what we eat. Apparently, that should be secret.


Here's his story:
 http://www.househunting.ca/edmonton/House+Beautiful+Edmonton+architect+Shafraaz/6976322/story.html


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Concrete sidewalks! Finally!

Yay! A mud free way to get to the front door!


After months of hoping, planning and calling people, and almost doing it ourselves, we finally have concrete a sidewalk and pads at our doors.  Our friends a Pinnacle Soils ended up doing this work- and looks good.

They even found a piece of petrified wood as they were moving around dirt on site.

Now, hopefully we'll get some black dirt and start on our perimeter "raised bed" fence!

And a pad at the basement door. I'm hoping to find a creative
way to connect this to the main sidewalk. Pavers? Logs? Perhaps
even ancarbonized wood boardwalk?

We will connect the back door with pavers. Or something.

While moving dirt around the house, our site work crew found a beautiful
piece of petrified wood.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Doors Open! & Rainbows, too.


Ok, here's you last chance to just wander into our house without a personal invite!

We're on the Doors Open Edmonton tour this Sunday, July 8th~ so you can visit us from 1pm to 4pm.

Here are the details:



I'm part of 2 events:  Search for "Speakers Studio" where I will be talking about our house construction process and our open house is listed as "Beverly Heights Net-zero-ready House"


And after that, I think we'll take a breather from the public realm.  And perhaps finish our landscape and fencing work. And sidewalks.




And here are some rainbows and dramatic skies we saw last week: