Pressure Washer

Now that the weather is turning nice and it is getting dark later. The patio was kind of dark. We got a price to pressure wash a section of  the grounds that was 1/2 the cost of a Stihl R600.

So we purchased one for the local Ace hardware store. Also got the $150 rotating nossile. which makes the job go much faster. Then I went out and washed the  patio, What a difference. Not the fastest job in the world takes about a minute to do 3+ sq ft.

Took about 1 hour for the flag stone and 2 hours for the patio.

You need to be careful with the moss/grass between the flagstone.

They should do this SouthPort. Cleans up nicely. Probably will spend days doing this, every 6 months.

This is something I would like to see Max “The Nasa base” Robot get trained to do.


The Right Decision?

The big question when we bought this house. was would there be another one like this available when we had to move out of Southport.  So by this time we would have needed to find and be in escrow.  Figure the cost to put in the fence and 6 months rent added 35K to the price.

So what is available at or below 935K.  Plus Zillow says we make 25K on the house in the 6 months.  This one looks like it would  work but 

There are a lot of homes that are in the 1250K to 950K range that are nice but now that the purchase  cut off date has pasted. It is clear that we would probably be spending more money for a house that is not as nice as this. The level lot, the lack of wood decks, the privacy. the house size. the studio make this a very good investment purchased when the timing was right.

Spring is here.

The weather has been great this weekend April 21. a big improvement from last week where we had to purchased rain gear and did a weekend of work in the rain. The flowers are all starting to come out. the Leaves are almost out on all the trees. The birds are making lots of noise. We are really cleaning up the forrest and it is looking great. Far more spacious and less cluttered with fallen branches, etc. Kind of spring cleaning.

Looks like we have 2 days of 70+ temp days without rain. Thinking of turning the sprinklers back on.

We now ave so many projects in flight, Not sure where to start. Good thing we have about 25 years here to get them done.

Really need to pressure wash, everything is tinted with pollen or moss. So looks like the next purchase will be the pressure washer.


Studio main room

The main room in the studio is not fully functional. We have been trying to figure out how to best use this space. The area is so nice and clean, wedo not want to do anything that would make a lot of dust. Than leaves the saws, grinding, sanding, drilling, etc out of the main area.

This is a blank canvas that we are starting to figure out how to make functional. We want to be able to have overnight guest sleep in here. That means a bed. Since Sarah’s stuff is showing up. We will have a bed, Thinking of putting it in the south west corner. Maybe a couch or two.  Ames Chair?

I have nice video projector that could be put to use.

Order a Grizzly 96″ x 30″ x 1.75″ work bench top to start with.

My current project, that will utilize this space, is related to computer vision and perception for indoor and outdoor robots.

Live edge cabinets for the studio

The studio is a terrific space but has limited cabinet space.

For my B-day I was able to purchase several live edge cherry planks that I wanted to use as shelves or counter tops. Adding a natural element to the sterile white  design. I mounted the planks down the hallway to see if  the  would not crowd the space. The hallway is only 5 feet wide so easy to make it feel narrow and tight squeezing by.

Mardi started commenting on the look and we together with a fair amount of arguing back and forth came up with a great solution and look. I had researched lots of cabinet options but had not found one that was inexpensive and practical. I was getting ready to just make my own cabinets with sliding fronts. The closest I had gotten to something that could work, was some 15″ deep wall cabinets from Ikea.

So on a rainy Saturday  after mulching,  we headed off to Ikea in Renton about 50 minutes away to take a look.  We were able to find, purchase and take home  cabinets and everything needed to make this work. Total cost of the 5 cabinets was around $750.  I spent the following rainy Sunday assembling and mounting the 5 cabinets,  Took all day.

Assemble of the cabinets was quick first one about 40 minutes and mounted the back inside out so had a lighter more reflective back, Cabinet was really dark with the finished wood side in.  Following cabinets took about 15 minutes each.

The feet are made for base cabinets will holes in them to mount the feet. Wall cabinets do not have these holed so ended up cutting the pegs off the feet on the band saw.

Still need to trim to size and  finish the cherry planks with Rubio monocoat.

The Stanley small parts bin fit standing on end or flat on the shelf.  Will need to move the labels to the handle areas.

Turns out the small plank for the single cabinet is too narrow,  which means another trip up to Edensaw  Lumber and Port Townsend, to get another plank.

What homes are on the Market now

Mardi and I pulled the trigger on the Maxwell house early because we thought we would not find as nice a house in 6 months.  The down side was we had to pay rent and utilities on South Port till we found a replacement renter. Well it is April and we still have not found a replacement renter. Last rent payment is May 1st.  at 3300 a month was kind of expensive. But almost over.

So at this point in time, what houses are on the market that we can purchase for the price we paid for Maxwell house. With the fence and extra rent we are close to 950k.  We would have to be closing escrow in May so pretty much in the next few weeks we will see if we made the right decision.

After living here a while, we find having a level lot, without the need for a deck  a big plus.  We find the studio is also a pretty special space.  Most view lots are on a sloping lot with wood decks. Our large lot with its privacy is another plus, not found in most houses.  Our location close to uptown and not to far north on Hwy 16 saves on commute time.  So considering homes north of Olympic is really not an option.  Our house size is just right many are so large not sure what we would do with all that space.

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So far we have not found one yet as nice as this one in any our price range. Will try to revisit the selection available in 2 weeks.