Saturday, April 28, 2012

Galvanized Garage

I have always liked the speckled, shimmery surface of galvanized metal, starting with the old watering can my father used when I was a child (and which I still have). 
So, when John suggested covering the garage walls with galvanized sheet metal, I was all in favor.  Not only is it pretty, and rich with vintage charm, but it seems very practical compared to drywall. 
I imagine the inevitable scuffs and bruises that have made our drywalled garage walls look dingy in the past, will be all but invisible here!
Out in the garden house we have decided to leave the the beams and metal ceiling exposed in the raised roof area.
It ties in nicely with the exterior details and keeps the space looking like the workshop/potting shed/kiln room it is meant to be.
And it certainly makes the wiring easy to find.
In the main house, the drywall installation is transforming a shell into a room.
I love the feeling of this space even in it's unfinished, messy state.

The ceiling drops to ten feet in height along each side of the room.
And the guest house suddenly feels very cozy.
This view was taken standing in one of the guest rooms.
The doors on the right lead to the bath. 
The arched space in the middle will be a "bunk house closet" - no door, cedar lined, with hooks and a bench.
The pair of doors on the right looks down the hall to the other guest room.
All in all, it's becoming much easier to imagine actually living here!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

View from the Commons

Here is the view of our construction site from the commons area across the street. 
Our house is situated in the middle of a long, skinny peninsula, shaped like the boot of Italy.
When we first trekked out here in the spring of 2006, high bouncing along a muddy rutted path, in the rain,  through a Texas style thorny thicket, we were glad we were in the salesman's SUV!  Somehow, between the tangled trees and briers, we managed to find the small white lot markers, matched their numbers to the development map, and found the one lot on open water that would also face the common ground: beautiful water views in both directions!
Today there is a road, but I kind of miss the wildness of that first encounter.

A love this grassy path down our property line.

The path runs past the guest house and the mysterious mini-hill (someday there will be grading...), and down to the boat house.

From the deck of the boat house, the property does still look pretty untamed. 
 I cannot wait to prune those trees and rescue them from swathes of poison oak.

From the boat, we love the way the silver of the roofs catch the light! I don't think we'll have any problem finding our way home.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Texas Wine Cup

The amazing Texas wildflower display continues to unfold week by week. The rains came at just the right time it seems, because the Blue Bonnet carpet along the roadsides is fuller than ever, and there are new flowers adding to the display.

 This is a Texas Wine Cup (Callirhoe involucrata) a hardy native perennial.  The blooms close up at night and then reopen during the day until they are polinated, after which they stay closed.  Wine Cups disappear in the high heat of summer, but return to bloom in February through July.

I love these gorgeous spikes of deep red topped with hot pink!  This is Red Clover (Trifolium incarnatum), an annual European native that has naturalized in the States.

I've had difficulty identifying this pretty yellow flower - my best guess is some type of Hawks Beard?  Does anybody recognise it?  I think I need some more books...

Lake House Construction

 Progress continues out at the lake. Tubs have appeared in the guest house.  There is more wiring all over the place, and the insulation foam is making a very puffy appearance.

Here is the studio with its new inner coating.  It looks like they'll have to shave it down in order to get the drywall in place... 

Monday, April 2, 2012

High Water!

The rains at the end of March caused a dramatic surge in the lake levels, and the lake went from low to high, and then higher, and then over the top, cresting our seawall.  Our builder sent this photo on March 22.  The seawall is under water, and the boat house looks like it's afloat!

Today the water is still above the "full pool" level of 315 feet, but it has dropped back down below our seawall.

The house is coming steadily along.  We broke ground seven months ago, and hope to have the project completed in three more.  The electrician is finishing up this week, along with the people who are putting in the TV, security and computer wiring.
The stone masons are doing a great job.  The work under the balcony supports is beautiful.

They are now working the area that runs next to the garden house.

The garden house is so cute.  Once the windows arrive and are installed, the stucco walls and metal roof will be next.  The garden house is comprised of two unconnected rooms.  The front room is narrow and designed to house the boat trailer.  The back room is larger and overlooks the lake with three big windows.  It will hold our garden equipment, a work sink and a kiln.

And the whaler is finally in it's new home!