Sunday, July 12, 2009


No pictures...

Sadly, this week, I don't have any photos...but I've got something better:


Okay, perhaps I'm overplaying the excitement a little. However, I've noticed a direct relationship between setting a schedule and things actually getting done. Like most people, I'd imagine I'm fairly deadline driven.

My overall goal is a lofty one, I want my courtyard done by Labor Day so I can actually throw a party by the time summer ends. Of course, for those of you who live in SoCal, you know that summer really extends until October -- so I'm giving myself a bit room. Here's the schedule:

This week: Paint inside of new fence (more than a trivial job when you count primer + 2 coats)

Week of July 20th: Complete trenching for new irrigation, low-voltage lining, hose bibs, sprinkler control lines.

Week of July 27th: Actually install sprinklers, timer, low-voltage wiring, and outdoor outlet.

Week of August 3rd: Build and install custom trellises

Week of August 10th: Remove old bricks and grade for new pavers. Install and compact sand.

Week of August 17th: Install new pavers and rocks

Week of August 24th: Plants and odds-n-ends

As of right now I'm about 70% complete with painting the fence.

Am considering hiring out the grading, sand placement, and compacting. Since my paver pattern is a bit artistic and unique, I definitely want to do that myself.

Also, at some point I *do* need to finish the front plantings in front of the new fence.


Your project looks fantastic. My hat is off to you for keping with the Cliff May designs and not turning this mid century modern into a Tustin cottage! My clients and I love the home and are one of 26 offers on the fixer for sale just down the street from yours on Chaplet. Do you know of any other cliff may neighborhoods in Tustin??? Thanks and good luck!
Doug Krone 714.319.1300 or
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