Ranch Redux: A Ranch Done Wright

Where Angels Fear to Tread | April 1, 2013

All of my friends and family who have been asking for an update on the house, here it is.  Please forgive my tardiness.  Really, we have been quite busy with the finishing process.  It is not as sexy as placing poles or framing the house, so there is less to photograph and write about.  Let’s just say we have made a lot of progress.  Finishing the house has been excruciatingly slow.  Originally we thought the project would take two years from start to finish.  Of course it has been more than that already.  Little by little the jobs have gotten done.  So here is the story.

We did the grading of the lot and started working on the back yard.  It is really a great transformation from a construction site to a usable backyard.

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The view from the backyard turned out much better than we expected.  We couldn’t be more pleased.  Tim spends many happy afternoons on the deck with his binoculars and a beer.  It is a great pleasure to see him enjoy the fruits of his labor.  He spent so much time and energy building our dream house.  He certainly deserves to sit and watch the boats sail by.  The sunsets are particularly grand.

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Living in a coastal desert, we have taken pains to install drought resistant plants.  There are so many fabulous varieties available to choose from.  I am notorious for having a brown thumb, but I am going to do my best not to kill these beauties.

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Although we were not quite finished with the house for the holidays, we decided to decorate with abandon anyway.  We found all of our old, treasured family Christmas ornaments and started decking the halls!  It turned out to be simply beautiful.  I have learned so much from my mother about decorating.

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When we found out we had to tear down the back room and rebuild it, it was one of my darkest moments.  However, it seems as if this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we were able to reconstruct the room big enough to hold a billiard table.  Tim and Joe have had many lively billiard tournaments.  Joey is getting quite good and is thinking about starting a billiards club when he goes to high school next year.  I stick mostly to pinball and Words with Friends.

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After flirting with the idea of building a cinderblock wall between the kitchen and the living room, we decided to keep it open.  We love the uncluttered feeling, although it means I have to keep the kitchen cleaner than I am used to.

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We may have been foolhardy when we started this project, and we clearly bit off more than we can chew, but now that it is mostly done we are happy idiots.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’m particularly interested in the billiards club. Are women allowed?

    Comment by Leah — April 2, 2013 @ 8:56 pm


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