What a difference a deck makes

We've gone from dog pasture to deck in a matter of days. As we moved into our SEED Home in January, the weather was unseasonably warm, which meant mud in our temporary dog enclosure. So, our friend Rob brought us a few bales of straw to spread around. It worked remarkably well and has facilitated the "dog pasture" for the better part of four months. 

With no fence, the yard felt small, undefined, and unconnected to the house. Everything feels different now with a beautiful fence defining the space and a 10-foot by 20-foot deck where the dog pasture once sat. 
This is what they call a floating deck, as it is not affixed to the house. Rather, it sits on six concrete footings and is solid as a rock. It is also low enough to the ground that it doesn't require a railing. Two wide step lead up to the house through the patio doors or the glass door to the north. There is also. a convenient spot for our recycling container and municipal garbage container.

I pulled up our Weber barbecue last night and began getting it ready for its transition from being a natural gas powered unit to one that uses propane. I'm now waiting for propane orifices to arrive to complete the changeover.
The "orifice" is the tiny brass fitting that controls the flow of gas to the barbecue. The opening is much smaller for propane powered barbecues than ones using natural gas. 

Our next task is to find an appropriate outdoor storage box for the patio furniture cushions and pillows. At our Okotoks home, all these things sat on the veranda, protected from the elements. 

SEED Homes, McIntyre Crane, and Fortis Alberta are all positioned and ready for Monday's install of the studio building. This lift, while smaller and lighter than the SEED Home, will be trickier because of the proximity to the power line. They worked it all out and the action should start by 9 am on Monday. 


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