Sunday, October 31, 2010

2010 Projects in Retrospect

Each year we share a list of all the projects we've worked on as a reminder of what we've accomplished. For me, the end of the year is signaled by the steady rains here in the Pacific Northwest, and by the falling leaves. For us life takes on a slower pace this time of year; one that makes more room for relaxing, enjoying classical music, eating hardy foods, and enjoying our home.

The following are highlights of our major accomplishments in 2010:



 Orchard

We started constructing the Orchard in the fall of 2009. In the spring of this year, we figured out we were going to have to raise the beds to prevent our fruit trees from floating away. The 9 fruit trees we planted this year are all doing great! We hope to have our first mini-harvest next year. Trees include: peach, pear, apricot, apple, plum, cherry, fig, almond and mulberry.

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After:

From 2010 Landscape

Potager

Project: convert the former driveway into a kitchen garden. In 2009 we removed the driveway, and this year we cleared and installed hardscaping and fences. In 2011 we will install raised beds and plant. This was one HUGE project, and we're excited to almost have this complete!

Before:

From The Making of a Craftsman Home


From The Making of a Craftsman Home


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From 2010 Landscape


From 2010 Landscape


House Painting

This is perhaps the largest house project we've ever taken on. We started this in 2009, worked on it throughout this year, and plan to finish the job next year. We've got all but the rafter tails and underneath the eaves painted. We're SO CLOSE!

Before:

From The Making of a Craftsman Home


From The Making of a Craftsman Home


After:

From The Making of a Craftsman Home


From The Making of a Craftsman Home


Kitchen French Doors

The master plan for our craftsman home is to bring the indoors out. To do that, we're incorporating rooms into the landscape. Off the kitchen, we installed a set of french doors that will open out onto the outdoor dining room.

Before:

From The Making of a Craftsman Home


From The Making of a Craftsman Home


After:

From The Making of a Craftsman Home


From The Making of a Craftsman Home

Pond Expansion

Water is a powerful landscaping focal point. We enjoyed our first pond so much that we decided to add a second and join the two together!

Before:

From 2010 Landscape


From 2010 Landscape


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From 2010 Landscape


Native Landscaping

We brought in 100+ individual plants that we added to the backyard landscape, all of which are Pacific Northwest Native. Plants include: Deer Fern, Sword Fern, Ninebark, Spirea, Flowering Currant, Columbine, Bullrush, Cattail, Snowberry, Serviceberry, Coastal Strawberry, Oregon Ash, Cascara, Bald Hip Rose, Lupine, Slough Sedge, Bald Hip Rose, Rhododendron.

Before:

From 2010 Landscape


From The Making of a Craftsman Home


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From 2010 Landscape


From 2010 Landscape


From 2010 Landscape


In Reflection

The outdoor landscape plan really started to take form this year. Our plans are very ambitious, and the work we've put in is paying off! We've got a long ways to go before we're done, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm excited about the mix of Northwest Natives and edibles we planted this year. Once the fruit trees, kiwis, blueberries and other edibles we planted get established, we should start seeing a nice bounty of fruits and vegetables. The work we've done to integrate the house into the surrounding landscape seems to be taking shape.

Our indoor house plans are coming along, albeit a bit slower than what we had hoped for. The kitchen remodel is entering a significant phase now that much of the drywall is finished. Getting the plumbing and electrical work finished has slowed the process down a bit, but we're making good progress.


What's Next?

This winter we'll be focusing a lot of our attention on finishing the kitchen. We'll have more progress photos to post of that project soon.  In the coming months we'll start figuring out what projects are going to make the 2011 list. Next year is going to be the frosting on the cake for much of the landscape plan. We're also working on the plans for a very cool work/art studio addition to the front of our workshop. We'll be posting a rendering of our design plan, and hope to start getting bids for the project next year. 2011 should be another action packed year!

3 comments:

Alexa said...

Great to see an update on all the projects this year! It'll be interesting to see what you'll be working on next year. Posts on your blog are definitely a motivator/inspiration for us.

Can I get a list of the colors on the house (brand/name)?

We're still figuring out our color combination. We picked a green and have been trying to find a good trim for it and I think your deep trim color might be the right match.

We kept looking at red trim, but with the green siding and white lite designs on the windows... it looks pretty Christmasy.

Thanks!
- Alexa

Kurt said...

Thanks Alexa, The mutual support means a lot to us.
We used three different Sherwin Williams paints. "Duration" for the body in "Oakmoss". 50 yr rated, expensive, sticks like toothpaste. I like it but it pulls up any old paint. Either use this on new siding or completely remove the old paint before using it.
The dark brown is another SW exterior latex with their "Superpaint" base in a color called "Bramblewood". We had difficulties with Sherwin Williams getting the brown mixed. They have some distribution problems with the base but we got it eventually.

Boe said...

The red is from Sherwin Williams and is called "Chinese Red". We used a 4th color on the underneath side of the eves, and that's called suede. We used SW Super Paint for both of those accent colors.