The Desert Homestead Blog
Urban and rural sustainable homesteading in the desert southwest

Update on my backyard

I’ve been leveling out the portion of my backyard where the pool will go, and I’m pretty close to finished. I’ve also cleaned up a lot of the weeds, organized my gardening containers, and moved my lemon tree to its permanent location. A few pics:

I’ve been going up to The Ranch frequently, so I haven’t had time to get the paving stones in underneath the gazebo. Much as I hate the thought of doing it, I think I’ll probably order the gravel next week and spend the evenings hauling it from the driveway to the back yard. I had hoped to spend a weekend doing it, but it’ll be a month before I have a weekend free, and I don’t want to wait that long.

Speaking of The Ranch, I think-hope-pray that I’ve finally persuaded the roofer to come out this coming Monday and put the roofing material on the Cabana. It’s a special membrane that’s extremely energy-efficient and comes with a 15 year warranty, but needs to be applied with special equipment, which is why I hired a roofer. Nearly four months later, it looks like it’s finally happening. Would have been nice if he had gotten around to it a month ago before the monsoons hit, but at this point I’ll take what I can get.

The water lines have been run and the electrical is partially finished. I’m looking at August 30 to get the signoff for my framing/ rough plumbing / rough electrical inspections. After that, there’s just the final inspection left!

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