…you wait, and you DIY.
Spending is over. Paying bills is not. It would be lovely if we could just keep handing out cash in order to quickly finish off the house but the optimistic reality is that landscaping and furnishings are going to take a year or two, limited by funds and time.
So the Nice Wolf started work on the cobblestone pavement on the canal side of our property. The idea is to practice our skills before taking on the project of cobble stoning the drive way. To remind you, the quotes for a cobblestone driveway were in a the order of $35K.
DIY cobblestones go something like this:
- Get all keen and order the cobblestones.
- Take a week or two to recover from the shock of the arrival of the crates and crates and crates of cobblestones.
- Prepare area, level ground. In the case of our canal landing this involved carting in road base and hiring a compactor.
- Mix concrete and lay the cobblestones. Some cobblestones are nice and consistent in size, but the ones I selected have huge variation in thickness between stones, therefore a thick layer of concrete was needed to compensate.
- Grout between the cobbles.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, at current rate, I estimate we’ll be finished by June.
Now, you know that I like to pass my home decorating dilemmas on for reader opinions. The latest interiors quandary is the colour of our interior blinds. Living in House By The Water for just 3 weeks has confirmed that we do need blinds to protect us from the setting Western sun. Our living area is basically inhospitable from 4-7pm in Summer without blinds. The heat and the glare is severe.
So roller blinds it is.I’m going for a light filtering blind. You can still see through it during the day time and my first inclination is to go with a charcoal colour. I’ve seen examples of this looking good. My hesitation is that when the blinds are fully rolled up, we’ll have a black bar of colour across the top of all the windows. I’d prefer a more camouflaged approach. The obvious alternative is a lighter coloured blind but I’m worried this will be glaring and too much whiteness during the day.
I think this is a job for Pinterest, but do send your opinions my way.
I’m hoping for the timber floor installers to start this week and the return of the landscapers to start to get the pool into working order.
I’m still pinching myself everyday, checking that my amazing new surroundings are real. Our jetty visitors this week have included ducks, dolphins and a rather large stingray!
*Note: please excuse editing anomalies. This post was produced entirely on my mobile phone. Apparently, laptops and concrete floors do not mix.