Hello All! It is September 2019 and things are progressing nicely at the Silver Rock Residence. Since our last update we’ve seen a flourish of activity including priming and painting, installation of cabinets and countertops, and even some fixtures being installed! The site-milled alder cabinets are looking good. Our cabinet maker, Paul Denison, used Rubio Monocoat (a 100% natural, non-toxic oil based finish) for the cabinet surfaces. We love the matte finish and the way the wood grain is highlighted.
As in interior begins to resemble it’s final form, we continue to work outside to prepare the meadow for seeding with our eco-lawn mix from Pro-time Lawn Seed, based out of Portland. They have a number of eco-friendly, drought tolerant, self-fertilizing lawn alternative mixes. Next week we will see installation of our storm water collection pond and connection to downspouts. After that we will spread our site-derived top soil over the grade to a depth of 8-12 inches to encourage healthy plants and drainage patterns. Then it will be time for seed sowing, landscaping, and mulching to prepare for the fall rains.
We are pleased to report that 18 mature huckleberry bushes were protected from construction along the western border of the meadow and are producing an immense amount of fruit this year! It’s hard to get any weeding done at the site because we end up picking berries instead! The Oregon grape plants also survived the flurry of activity over the past year and are also producing marvelously. The same can be said of Salal and Salmonberry which are displaying many healthy shoots and new growth as the weather cools. We are very pleased seeing the native plants thriving in areas that were at risk of disturbance or were covered by invasive plants when we first purchased the property in 2016. This is one example of seeing how continued weeding and replanting can turn things around in just a few years.
Baseboard and Casing work will begin soon using site-milled fir. Fir hardwood floors will go in early October, as well as shower surrounds and plumbing finish. We hope to be in the house mid to late October. Wishing everyone a happy first day of Fall.