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August 29, 2006

mr. orange fingers, a few holes and two plates

mr. orange fingers has been on site quite a bit lately.
septic install has started.
we have very little dirt, mostly rock.   so our system is an aerobic system.  the final product is sprayed above the surface.  installer said this system is the "rolls royce".  it also costs twice as much.  but we realize we are going to get double use of our water now.  also with this surface application system we don't want it to fail from using cheap components.  we expect it to give us years of service.
system was engineered by kevin dunne of the dunne company.
behold the rock hole.
more rock to sort through. 
another hole.  this was created by the electric company for our new pole. it's a pole hole.
the foundation crew returned to install two plates that were somehow left out on pour day. 

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August 27, 2006

Foundation

Kat say:
Forming the sunken living room and steps leading up to the dining room.
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Some nice oak trees in the background.  
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The foundation has several elevation drops.
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Concrete was poured on a triple-digit day.
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Finishing touches applied to one corner of the carport.
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Paul got some free glass chip aggregate from the Diversion Recycling Center.
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Free beautiful recycled glass - can't get any better than that!
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Spread the glass chip aggregate on the surface of the concrete.
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Like this:
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Then jitterbug the little jewels into concrete.
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Did I miss a spot?
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The first Schuster to set foot on the concrete floor.
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Plenty of seating for guests.
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It rained as the crew was removing the form boards. Everyone was smiling.
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Sun was out again in a few minutes.
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The foundation is done!
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Lot Clearing

Kat says:
In April 2006, we got the construction permit and started clearing the lot.
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Roll-off dumpster delivered. Silt fence installed. Portable potty stationed. That 5-gal. container of water was meant for washing hands.
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I love big machines! This one is from Austin Shred. AMH0011
It can shred a tall cedar tree in minutes! 
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After a few hours, we saw sky.
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This is a view from where the gate used to be.
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All cleared!
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First Impression

Kat says:
Our lot looked like this in 2005.
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It was so heavily wooded that we couldn't find anyone who would survey the topography of the lot.
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There were a few nice oak trees surrounded by water-sucking cedars.
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There were also some nice rock formations.
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There wasn't an easy way to enter the lot.
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Two reasons why we moved.
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Santa Cruz to Austin

Kat says:
After we decided to move to Austin, in April 2005 Paul made a 1800-mile trip from Santa Cruz to check out some properties that we had picked out off the Internet. He drove 1100 miles the first day and the speedometer broke at 120 mph in the middle of nowhere, California. The next day the fan belt broke near Davis Mountains in West Texas. Luckily, he had the foresight to bring Porsche-specific tools and a spare fan belt with him. The road-side repair only slowed him down about 10 minutes. He made it to Guero's to meet with friends that evening.
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