A little update, no pics today though - I keep forgetting to take them. Maybe I’ll add some later. I finally installed the big slow ceiling fan that SeveU mentioned. Shelves between the kitchen cabinets. More hardwood flooring is going down every day.
Rainwater harvesting system is finally getting an upgrade. At some point I should write about our very simple and effective rainwater collection, consisting of a dozen 5 gallon buckets under the dripping roof edge (no gutters yet). I carry the buckets to a water tank and pour them through a gauze fabric stretched over the opening. But, I need more collection capacity than 60 gallons per rainfall.
First I’m installing gutters, which is surprisingly easy. Plumbing them all into a tank is more of a challenge.
Here’s the coolest part, the WISY WFF100 roof washer. This guy is not cheap, but will be the heart of my rainwater collection system:
Check out how it works:
The driveway is in seriously bad shape. I can’t go beyond the house in anything but a 4WD or a tractor. I’ve been reading about geotextiles and how well they work on muddy substrates. Seems like a simple enough solution, I’ll try it first on a little parking pull-out around the side of the house. Gravel isn’t cheap, but the fabric will keep it from sinking into the mud.
Some road-work reading I’ve been doing:
Drainage is another project. Every time it rains heavily, water gets right into the basement. This should not be the case since the basement is at ground level on three sides. But the surface flow is so fast and poorly graded, it just runs up against the house and inside. There is a drainage ditch we can send the water to, although it gets very full.
Here’s a short video I took last year showing what happens in a heavy rain. Note the standing water.
All this will start up once it gets warmer. For the time being, we’re focused on getting the house to a usable finish level for our new arrival. Flooring, paint, insulation, etc. I’ll do a video walkaround once it’s about done.