Posted to Gordon-Lake-House by Aaron in Oakland, IA
It has been awhile since I posted last, so I thought I would share with you an update on where we are. We can't seem to shake this wet weather. We have received two 6" rainfalls in the last two weeks and things around here are flooding like crazy. Good thing we are on higher ground.
Well we have been busy working on the retaining walls around the beach. We put in the top wall and then decided to put in the second wall at the beach level. The first one turned out so nice that we thought we would go ahead and put the second one in. We are trying to get finished and complete the paver patio with fire pit, but the weather hasn't exactly cooperated. As soon as the walls are done, we need to get the grass seed planted and the silt fence up to keep the water from washing all of the sand on the beach into the water. Hopefully by the end of the week it will be completed.
Hopefully by the end of next week we will have the drawings completed. I have made most of the changes myself, but am getting some structural support advice right now. As soon as they are completed, then we can put items out and start putting a budget together. We are building a 2,200 sq ft ranch with a walkout basement. It should flow nicely with the beach area that we have already created. We put up the 30'x50' garage last summer, and all it needs is to be sheathed on the inside, and that project is complete. We are looking to build a shed/beach house down by the water to keep water supplies, toys, etc., and are also hoping to build a dock this summer.
If anyone has any ideas on a dock, let me know. I am thinking a 12' long by 4' wide, and I would like to keep it in the water over the winter. Again, if any of you have any ideas, please let me know.
Well, I'd better get going.