In late August of 2009 we bought 18 acres and started designing a Dance Studio for me and a Contractors office for Dusty. We design the upstairs layout which included a large ballroom studio and also a two bedroom apt, downstairs is an office and shop with radint floor heat. Lifestyle Building & Renovations are the Builders on our project. Which is owned by dusty.
Getting up to speed….
Ok, last August when Dusty and I bought the land we started right away with getting rid of all the dead trees and trees that would not be safe do to leaning or wild grape vines pulling them over on to the building site. This was a lot of work, as to the fact that one we did it all by hand and meaning him and I and a chainsaw and pruners. (Lol) Then we cleared the 500 feet and 20ft wide strip up a hill for the water and power lines. Next we dug 2 side by side 3 feet deep trenches down that space and laid hay and pipe. At one point in the hillside dusty had to take a 100 pound jackhammer and pound through a rock shelf. Dusty also sited out the septic leach field and dug 400 feet of that as well.
(Pictures of some of this below)
As everyone knows we had a lot of snow this winter so once that happen there was no movement.
Now it’s spring and dusty and I realized over the winter that we were going to have to re-due the 400 feet of driveway because it was to steep and narrow. So we have started bulldozing the road and re-shaping. This is taking a little longer than we planned due to rain and clay. (I hate clay) But it is done and it looks great.
June is here..
Dusty and the workers just finished digging and laying the septic line to the building and he placed septic tank in. You should have seen Dusty put in the tank, that thing was big.
And last week they dug the post holes 26 of them. When it stops raining they will go in and will pour concrete.
In the mean time my job is landscaping, so I have been studying up on soil, composting, flowers, and trees you name it and of course buying all the plants. O and Designing the Ballroom Interior.
So far on the landscaping list we have:
2 Cherry Trees, 2 Asian Pears, 2 Apple Trees
1 Bleeding heart, 1 Sedum Purple Emperor, 1 Mimosa Tree
2 Columbines, 2 Satisfaction Tree Lily,
2 Boogie Woogie Tree Lily, 1 Painted fern, 3 Hardy Lavender
1 Hardy Geranium (RED), 1 Sawtooth Oak, 1 Pin Oak,
3 Summer Pastel Yarrow, 4 Red Masterwort,
8 Blue Star Sea Holly, 8 Orange Perfection Tall Phlox
20 Peacock Orchid, 11 bags of 10 Twinkle Toes Wandflower Mix, 10 Dwarf Daylily mix
And next week my big shipment of plants is to go out so I will keep you up dated on the arrival.. As you Can see the Shipment Came in.... lol
June 7th, 2010... Dusty and the workers cleaned out the 23 post holes and they are already for concrete and post tomorrow. I have a meeting tomorrow with the Heath dept. to go over the garden and what can be planted around the leach field.
June 8th, 2010... Today we got the concrete in! yah.. much better now for the post to be put into place after the concrete sets -o- and the rain stop again...
June 9 2010, Post are going in today. By the end of the day 7 post are set.
June 10th, 2010, 4 more today had to stop early due to rain....
June 23rd, 2010, 2 Days ago the post where all put in, for a total of 23 post. Yesterday they mounted around the post and made sure all was draining right. Today they brought in the first of many loads of gravel for the foundation
June 29th, 2010, So All the Gravel is in and now they are working on leveling it and I had the dozer out this weekend and had them doz the garden so that I can get set up for the Garden Pergola which will be 10x10. This week is a little crazy with all the New Classes started so we will see how far I get on the garden I have add a few shrubs here are the pics of the up dates...
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