Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Buying our house: Report #17

Last week our friend Bob came over, and we spent most of the morning working on the sprinkler system. (You can only find some sprinklers when they pop up. The yards are full of sprinklers of all sorts.) Now we can water without worrying about wasting water and washing away passersby. Fixing and/or capping all those sprinkler heads has really made our life easier. Before we only used it when we got so far behind with watering all our new plants and trees that we worried about losing them.

After doing errands the other day, we got home to find the plumber's truck in the driveway,. He was here to do one of the two last remodelling projects, which was to replace the dryer vent hose. After he left, two guys came to measure the office window sash again 'cause it doesn't fit. We should get a new one in a week or two. Then we're all done with them, and we'll focus on landscaping and a few other things. The location and acreage (a lot less) is good, but the land is challenging; and we need to take pix of the bare strip where the new drain line is. That will help in the future when you need to know where the lines are. 'Course we've got so many irrigation lines. Between them and the tree roots, it's hard to plant...

I was expecting we would be bored on this little property--compared to our five acres at our old home. We're getting lots of hardscape at Lowe's and, of course, plants from everywhere, including the Farmer's Market. And we'll have to mark all the sprinkler heads before the sod is laid. We're planning to get one or two pallets of sod from our yard man. We're getting our mulch from him, and we're working on the second load he dumped in the corner of our driveway; he also hauled in and spread dirt for a number of big holes and ruts.

We've certainly upgraded the house--but we don't have stainless steel appliances, a gas range, and other things that we should have, according to some designers. We watched Bang for Your Buck on HGTV recently, in which several kitchens were remodelled--three for $90,000 each and three for $50,000 each. Then the kitchens and owners are critiqued--often for not being trendy or spending more money on higher end upgrades. Americans are encouraged to be wasteful!

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