Welcome to the site. This blog follows the renovations going on at our home in LA's echo park neighborhood. It's our first home and we want it to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. We've never done this before and I'm sure many folks out there would benefit by learning from our lessons - hence this blog. So stay tuned for tips, tricks, mistakes, meltdowns, and mishaps.
Keep on keepin on.
Most home insurance policies will only provide for the most basic materials in the event you need to rebuild your home, and the most basic is usually the least environmentally friendly option. A new home insurance policy offered by Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. will pay an all-green rebuild, even if your home isn't green today.
The Earth Day network calculator, however, really impressed me, with its multi-part form asking about less-frequently incorporated factors like how far away your food is shipped and how much packaging it uses.
We're well into our project to terrace the side yard, and create usable patio space from what was an overgrown bamboo jungle.
Unfortunately, the project has provided some unexpected surprises. It's a trash heap of superfund proportions. Here's a little sample, and yes, that is a carpet:
I know it's been a while but I'm back. The project was taking its toll and a break was in order, but I'm ready to update you on the latest. And it's looking good! Hector and I are very pleased with how well everything is turning out. It's so cool to finally have livable outdoor space reclaimed from the wilds of our backyard!
Here's how things look so far:
Late last year (or two posts ago, depending on how you look at things) I posted about the landscape fabric we're using under the crushed granite on our terrace project. Now, well into the rain-fed-weed-season, I wanted to update y'all on how it's doing.
It's working out GREAT. No weeds come up through the fabric. And no weeds this season mean no weed seeds germinating next season. For at least this small patch of yard the score is me:1, weeds:0 :-)
Now that we've tamed enough of our
wilderness yard we have the room for a vegetable garden! Neither I nor Hector has grown our own vegetables before at this scale (we do have a few chile pepper plants we've been raising for the last few years). Needless to say we're very excited for this foray, and today we shop for the supplies to build the planter boxes.
We're building two boxes, following the general idea of the Sunset box. This great design will allow us to have a semi-permanent box with excellent drainage while keeping pesky pests out (insects, gophers and most nefarious of all: our cats).