The deck has inched its way towards being done. In fact it is all but done. A few aesthetic touches to go, possibly a weatherboard or more and a second coat of paint and then all complete. 🙂
I wrote about the deck back in early July (see my post here) and works continued apace, a few hours each day until finally we are at the point where plants are in place and things are looking really good. The bricks for the rocket stove remain stacked inside the house until I find a large bucket of motivation and time in which to move them into their final resting place, build the rocket stove and mud it all up. It’s not going to be a small job but it is one, given what my kids got up to yesterday, that we will all enjoy. 😉
Anyway, without further ado, here are some photos of the deck.
That’s before. Now…
As you can see, access under the house is far less easy. We’ve noticed the difference with less access for the cold air of winter, although to be fair it could also be due to the insulation under the floors, in the walls and ceilings too.
We have also had the roof painted (did you notice 😉 ) as the lighter colour will reflect the sun a lot more in summer and hopefully help keep the house at least a little cooler. Outside 40°C, inside 39°C was a little too much to handle last summer. 😦
The inside of the deck is still a “busy” place but now, most of the “clutter” is green. 😉
Once the repotted avocados decide whether they wish to live or die I can work out a little more what goes where. I have the lids from those bins to plant with my pineapples which will hang out of range of walking in to their prickly leaves and I hope to trellis up my piper nigrum (pepper vine) and vanilla orchid soon too. I hope to make the whole back deck a verdant passive solar greenhouse to help modify the temperature of the house. 🙂 In summer we have many windows to open and I hope to install some trellises outside too up which I hope to grow a choko if I can find one and sprout it in time for spring.
Inside also provides a great warm and dry area to dry clothes in winter or when the weather is a little to inclement and I now have a place to store those pesky clothes racks too. 🙂
It’s all experimentation but it sure is fun. 🙂