Figuring it all out


I am starting to plan out the size for the Greenhouse and whether or not we are really going to expand or keep it simple and small.

I went to the county to find out some info and found out there are some new rules in place since 2012.  You must have a fire letter for inspection for anything over 400 sqft.  Plans now must go through the county rather than staying right here in JT and getting approved.  This process can take up to 3-4wks before they can be approved.You can pay for the  expidited  process but costs up to 50% more.

I cleaned out all the trash out of the cabin. Sprayed bleach on the walls & floor to decrease the potential of any diseases including hantavirus.

Measured the surplus of vintage supplies salvaged from years past in our cargo container:

66″ metal Youngstown by Mullins sink cabinets, 36″ 50’s electric stove, large window from HD new 68.25″x70.5, Large stainless steel sink with counter 53.25″, single sink base for kitchen 26.5″

We are hoping to use the Youngstown kitchen cabinets we bought about a year ago from a lady who practically gave it to us. It would work perfect for the time period of the cabin.


We have LIGHTS!

ELECTRIC IS ON! To my amazement everything is working.


By the end of the week the mess around the cabin should be hauled out thanks to a  couple hundred bucks and a neighbor.


It is amazing how easy it is to have the electric turned on when the wires are still hooked up and running to the electric panel and the meter hasn’t been pulled!  When I rehabbed our  cabin 54 it was the very last thing to be turned on. I needed to be “green tagged” by the county inspectors prior to the electric company hooking me up to the grid.  All I had to do this time was call them, give them my name, address,  and they are going to turn it on tomorrow!

Work starts on the Greenhouse!

IMG_0557Work has finally started on the GREENHOUSE aka the Blue house. Anything will be better than what it is right now.  One question: why would anyone paint it that color blue… over the turquoise it once was!  I cannot wait to scrape the paint and give it a new emotion.

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The little old 1956 homestead cabin is on 2.5 acres and the inside measurements are a whopping 14’4″x 11’4″= 164 sqft whoohoo!  Looking forward to the challenging layout and redesign.

Months Later…

So it has been about 6 months and a lot has been done at the PS mess.  The mold, termites are gone.  We removed all of the old windows and replaced them with Millgard aluminum thermal break windows and sliders.  We opened the walls in the bedrooms and installed sliders out to the pool.  The master bath received a door out to the pool.  The plumbing was reworked and electric in the master bath and throughout the house….then I called the drywall guys to come and fix the mess I made!  It took them a week to do the drywall but it was sooooo worth it. IMG_8940 IMG_8957IMG_8966IMG_8972IMG_8987 IMG_9630 IMG_9609 We removed our old 1950’s metal cabinets (super gross) to take to the powder coaters, picked out the right white, and made sure the appliances we bought matched.  We were going to buy old appliances from the 50’s but we decided to go with new appliances that looked old due to the ability to accurately match the whites and the high cost of potential repairs. In the end we went with Big Chill appliances. We removed the wall between the living room and the kitchen. Neither one of us really liked how cramped it felt especially since it is a galley kitchen, it felt like a cocoon. I decided to go with wood counters to soften the space considering this was going to be a white kitchen and a concrete kitchen floor…we needed some warmth.  Besides I loved they way it looked in this pic I found on Pinterest. So we went with walnut.  I love the contrast of the dark wood with the white…. IMG_8820IMG_8839IMG_8842IMG_8911IMG_8912IMG_8917IMG_9022IMG_9023 IMG_9289IMG_9293IMG_9311IMG_9327IMG_9595 IMG_9024 IMG_9665 IMG_0132IMG_9667IMG_9779 It has been fun but hard especially on the pups.  But they seem to adjust fairly well as long as they have their beds and their mommies.  At times I was pretty desperate while working on the kitchen…a tofu dog, caulk gun, fork, some tape and fire was good enough for a meal 🙂 Breakfast was frequently chocolate and a decaf Starbucks.  Yup… No matter what the day brings…there is always a chance to relax and enjoy this beautiful life 🙂 IMG_9362IMG_0098 IMG_9692IMG_0177IMG_0182IMG_0180IMG_0178The kitchen is still a work in progress….we just got our Big Chill range in the other week after waiting 3 months for its delivery along with the hood for the range.  Since I have shifted gears and started working up the hill in Joshua Tree, the house will get done, but when who knows 🙂

LiL Bits

IMG_6645 Now that the subterranean termite issues are resolved, we are finally moving on with the inside of the Palm Springs house.  It has been a 6 month long pause and we are absolutely done with camping in our inside-out house.  When we first found out about the termites we thought we would temporarily rent a place – but who rents to 2 people with 3 dogs for only 3 months (at least we thought it would be).  Then we thought about buying a trailer in Horizon Park near Araby Trail.  We didn’t want to get strapped with the $600 a month rent fee after we were done using the trailer so we scratched that idea. IMG_6662 Instead of a trailer, we adopted a vintage 1967 Airstream Globetrotter to live in our drive temporarily and then once done living in it, use it as a vacation rental.   Since I didn’t have the time to get it in live-in condition, we took it too Wagner RV out of Indio & Morongo Valley.  BAD IDEA.  They had it from August to January.  A very negative experience and I will avoid writing about it other than saying it was the worst experience with a business. We never even got a chance to live in the Airstream. We stayed in the house confined to the guest room and the guest bath with the toilet, shower, using the shower to brush our teeth and wash our faces since there wasn’t/ isn’t a sink… IMG_6798 IMG_6789I have spent most of my time working on the front and the back yard.  I removed a ridiculous amount of sand probably at least 20 tons just to get things somewhat level for the low desert rock.  At some point we will add in more edibles other than fruit trees and cacti. IMG_7545 IMG_8204 The pool equipment wall was an odd structure  behind the pool so we used it as the beginning point for the shed. Thankfully, Lowes does not throw out their not-so-perfect wood. It takes a little longer to work with warped wood but worth the 50% off savings. The door is a craigslist find from a mid century remodel and it even came painted a perfect turquoise. I would be happy living in the shed…it is the perfect size for me. K and I keep saying the PS house is way too big for us (1,200 sqft) we are happy with about 400 – 600 sqft. IMG_8215 IMG_8450 Summer, fall, and winter flew by…well I guess it is still winter but it is unbelievable how fast this year went by.  We had a lot of challenges with the PS house but some great things happened during the year including buying the little blue homestead cabin across from our other homesteader in Joshua Tree.  I remember working on our cabin and looking out at the homesteader thinking I am buying that one day. Mainly because it was a complete shit hole (still is) and I wanted to fix up the lil 280 sqft blue square of cuteness.  I am thoroughly obsessed with putting life back into the old homesteaders.  As fate would have it, we ended up just putting in an offer on property on the other side of our homestead cabin. The house burnt down a few months ago and I have always loved the land which backs up to the mountain, so now no-one can destroy the mountain view with a bunch of desert trash.  The bonus feature is the garage survived the fire and the water meter is paid, septic still exists but the electric was cut due to the house fire.

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In contract with property on the other side of us



The update….lots of photos for many months come and gone. 20140420-211210.jpg20140512-210445.jpg20140512-210521.jpg 20140512-210501.jpg20140512-210645.jpg IMG_7448 IMG_7821 IMG_7835IMG_7834  IMG_7836 IMG_7837 IMG_7934

The pool is complete, ficus are planted along the fence line for future privacy.

We had to cover our sandy backyard with something otherwise it would ruin the pool equipment.  Ultimately we went with grass in the backyard.  I started putting rock down and  experienced a fowl odor on warm days and realized rock probably wasn’t the best idea with dogs.  Before laying the rock, I put black 6 mil plastic to keep Bermuda grass and other weeds from growing up between the rock.   It took a few days but I finally woke up from my work induced go-mode when it hit me that dog urine sits on the top of plastic and cooks in the desert sun. Not the most pleasant odor. I thought I better remove the rock I already laid and find a better solution.  In total we planted about 350 square ft of grass.   Not horrible, but not the best.  But when you have dogs and a pool in the same location, it seems like the best solution, at least to us. With grass, came the addition of an  irrigation system.

We went with Mexican black river rock between the sidewalk and started to build a shed.  Rather than having an odd block wall in the middle of the backyard, we utilized the pool equipment wall as a starting place for the shed.  It should tie together nicely. Our outdoor shower will be mounted on the outside of the wall and the giant Birds of Paridise and mexican palms I planted will give some  additional privacy when showering.

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