The new shop is getting closer to being finished. But, our landscaper is still building the walls, installing the new pavers, gravel, and flower beds. It will be amazing. But, right now the place is really torn up. Andrew’s Landshapers is doing a fabulous job building the walls. We hear of tourists from Britain who stop to take pictures of them working because they didn’t think Americans would build rock walls without concrete. Once again, Whidbey Island shows the talent that is here.
These are significantly large granite rocks. Each one is evaluated for its shape and size for the placement that will be perfect. The backhoe helps with moving the larger rocks into position, but the smaller ones are loaded down to the work area and then they pick through them to find the one that fits. Slowly, rock by rock, the walls come together.
The other part of the project involves moving a fire hydrant to make room for a sidewalk. The present hydrant is an older type that is no longer used, so we have to replace it with a new one. This is a significant task and involves coordinating with several people on the town’s staff, because the system is older and it isn’t clear what is under the ground. This is the problem with doing significant updates of older homes, you don’t know what you’re going to run into – and it always costs more money.
Meanwhile, the inside of the house is getting finished. The kitchen is getting equipped and the painting is nearly done. We’ve applied for licensing for the kitchen, and will be ready to go soon!!