Welcome once again fans of Middle Earth! I hope all is well this holiday season.
I’m just going to run through the pictures I took Saturday of the work Steve, the excavation contractor, did this week. It’s really going to be a special place once everything is green. Check it out.
He still has to add a little dirt towards the left side of the house if you notice. My fault. I forgot to box out the electrical conduit lines coming out of the slab there.
Steve says he knows a good stone mason. My idea is to cover the retaining wall on the left with stone (As well as the other ones that remain). I think if it’s done the right way it could really finish the outside off nice.
To be honest I never really envisioned this side of the house to look like this. It came out way better than I ever could have dreamed it could. It’s as if the Dwarves of Belegost had a hand in this undertaking. When you see it it’s just awesome. For you Middle Earthers: Belegost (Great Fortress) was one of the great Dwarf cities of the Blue Mountains. First Age of Middle Earth.
Had to throw that in there people. It’s me, remember.
Just getting back to the previous picture. So my idea is to build a stone wall here along the retaining wall. This way there will be a nice transition from these huge stones into the wooden structure of the Hobbit house.
So what you’re seeing here, in case you were wondering, is an environmentally friendly stabilization fabric. It’s like a woven hay type of material (Jute stabilization fabric). So Steve seeded the soil and then put this down so rain wouldn’t wash the dirt off the roof. Once the seed takes, the woven material will just disintegrate over time.
So I’m thinking that this is where we’re going to grill. Maybe a bluestone patio and a hot tub tucked away back there. I’m going to have to build some sort of stone steps up to the roof. Not 100% sure how I’m going to do that yet. I have a couple of ideas kicking around in my brain that might look good.
So this is a shot of the roof obviously but what I wanted to show you is the stone pathways we put in. They really are nice. I put a 12 x 12 area on the North side if you look closely. It’s big enough for a couple of lounge chairs or whatever you want to sit on. Great view of the pond and stream from this location. This is also the spot that gets the most sun. There are Hobbits that like a tan in case you were wondering.(Did you notice how the stone looks around the skylight? Low maintenence people.)
I haven’t really put a lot of thought into the gardening aspect of things. I was thinking that I would try and plant out the skylights so they would be obscured a bit more. The Hobbit shed I have at home is crazy on the roof. You don’t even know that there’s a shed there. It’s so overgrown. It’s kind of what I think of when I’m thinking of Hobbit homes. They blend in and become part of the landscape, really.
Once everything grows in it’s going to be hard to see what’s there.
You get a nice view of the pond from here and the size of it. I can’t ice skate but if it freezes over you could probably have a nice little hockey game on it.
He really used some awesome stones. I just have to do a little cleanup around the site and we’ll be ready for spring.
This is a good shot of what I was talking about as far as planting out the skylights. I was thinking boxwoods or rhododendron. If they’re spaced out right they might hide the skylights the way I want. That’s a little way down the road. Looking for suggestions though.
Well I hope you’re all as excited as I am. What a transformation, right?
Well enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
I’ll see you next week!
PS: Saw Star Wars “The Force Awakens” on Sunday. We’ll talk next week.