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Non wine related, my new project...

Original post by outthere, May 5, 2014.

My backyard kitchen project. Started on it yesterday, trenched for water and power and ran the pipes. Today I trenched part of the drainage and built the forms for the foundation. Hoping to have this semi-completed for the Syrah offline in July.

I need a covered area for my Big Green Egg and will build it into the countertop. Adding a huge sink, lots of prep space and a reefer under the counter. Should pour the concrete Sunday as we are doing the HVS Tour and Dinner on Saturday.

I'm pretty excited about this.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 10, 2014.

What else is there to do but ride dirt bikes and shoot stuff?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 11, 2014.

Cazadero can actually be pretty cool. Have considered a 'cabin' there on more than one occasion over the years. Nicasio was similar long ago (back then Cazadero was beyond the ends of the earth), and is a lot closer in to civilization, but has since gotten well gentrified.

Not at all what I was looking at, but kinda typical of a certain type of offering in the area. Plenty of work to do around the property to keep busy on so don't know about the need for dirt bikes and plinking. Though without a doubt, der be bar in dem der hills. Keep your pets close!

Or, for a little more scratch, you could up the lot size and the decor, like this. Whichever the type of property, there are going to be plenty of trees around.

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 11, 2014.

They are on 350 acres way up on the last property with electric service. When they built a new deck recently they simply felled a couple redowod tree and had them milled on site. Nothing but heart wood.

 

Motorcycle track on premises, he races semi-pro, is quite large. Only a portion is viewable with aerial imaging. The house is in the lower rt. Deck faces North. Great setting although far too remote for my taste.

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 11, 2014.

The price on that first property was great!  Who needs more property than that?  The second one didn't seem to have any view really.  It would be nice to get away to.  I think though, of the wine cellar I could have with that dough!

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 11, 2014.

DV, when I was looking I didn't want anything as developed as either one of those. I was looking for a big chunk of land, with cross-valley views and clearings and year-round flowing water. Older buildings that I could remodel, and add to with new building. Hill and dale that could be landscaped as temperate rainforest with an oriental flavor. Places for a pond or two. More or less a blank canvas. As for a wine cellar, it (as well as a separate sauna) would be built into the hillside. Ended up not being able to invest necessary time on that particular project so it got tossed in the back of the freezer. Now all frost-burned...

OT, beautiful wood, and nice pics. I love the glow from redwood as it ages, perhaps even more in an interior than for decking or fencing outside, where it greys.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 11, 2014.

That Austin. Creek property was in the valley where the sun only shines a few hours a day. DM was looking for something like my friends have.

Gorgeous views.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 11, 2014.

I knew OT sold tools for a long time.  But now that I've watched the video, I also know he is a beer pong stuntman. The big glasses and the red headband are fooling no one.

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 11, 2014.

What video!?

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Reply by outthere, Jun 11, 2014.

And I thought you said you read everything here ;) Go back a page!

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Reply by outthere, Jun 27, 2014.

Damn, dropped to page 3!

Started on the cabinet doors is week.

 

The the truck showed up with my stone. Ugh, it was inevitable. Now I get to transport it from the front yard to the back yard. All 3,500lbs of it. I'm going to be busy this weekend and next but it should be done by the 7th!

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 27, 2014.

Hey, what's wrong with some good exercise?  ;-)

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 28, 2014.

How did I miss all of this???  Snooth email updates SUCK.

OT... beautiful pergola~

My mom's good friend has a cabin in Cazaderos.  It's been in her family for ~ 3 generations.  I love that area, but usually stay in Jenner so I can watch the river and ocean from a hottub with some kick-ass wine.  And I love swimming where the russian river meets the ocean at goat rock beach.. lots of baby sea otters to swim with!  You can actually swim across, and the water is buoyant because of the salt mixing in.   The ocean side is completely dangerous, and should be avoided for wading/swimming. 

That said, if I was fortunate enough to live in that area, I would prefer OT's area.. a tad inland, with more sun.

Dmcker... saw a property in SCM that is amazing!  It's not on the MLS for some reason, but when I go back down in a few weeks I will post pictures.  My daughter calls it the meadow... it's huge and beautiful...lots of sun in the redwoods.  Gorgeous views.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 28, 2014.

Please do post, NG. As you may remember, I was also looking in the Jenner-to-Gualala-with-special-attention-to-Timber-Cove area. Came closer to pulling the trigger there, with its Carmel/Monterey-type ocean-bluff views but more remote wildness. And closer proximity to better wine country. If you want to always be above the fog just go up a hill a little ways.  ;-)

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 28, 2014.

Dmcker...   sorry, I switched gears fast in the last post.  The property that I saw was in Santa Cruz Mtns, not Sonoma Coast.  It does not have ocean views, but is just an amazing piece of land.  I have no idea of the acreage- it was for sale, but when I tried to research it later, not on the MLS.....

Timber cove area is so gorgeous, and yes, I remember you expressing interest in that area.  It is a very unspoiled part of the CA coast.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 28, 2014.

I understood about the Santa Cruz mountains from your earlier description. So that's what I was asking for info on if you can pass it on without too much trouble. My best friend growing up now lives in Soquel, so Santa Cruz isn't beyond consideration. Oh, and the wine's not always terrible, too.  ;-)

And yeah, what you said about the coast north of Jenner...

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Reply by outthere, Jun 28, 2014.

Whew, rough day today. Lots of lifting, digging, lifting some more, digging some more, lifting some more, sweating a whole lot. I had far too many pieces left over for this puzzle. Tough to figure which ones to use and which ones not. The last couple were the hardest.

This was the floor pieced in. Sorry about the bad lighting.

 

Then after much blood, sweat and tears I finished digging out the steps and got all the stone set in place. I know, it looks rough. Just a rough fitting. When I set it all in mortar it will look good.

 

Now I get to remove it all and do it all over again. I think my fingers are going to fall off tonight while I sleep.

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 28, 2014.

Nice work OT.  I guess you weren't using a saw to make strategic cuts on the stone.  When I come, I'll bring an inch and a half ABS tee and an air-admittance valve so that your trap will no longer be an "S" trap.  When your sink drains now, it'll gurgle.  I know, I'm a prick, but a helpful one :)   Looks great buddy.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 29, 2014.

Very nice, OT.  I am very envious of your ambition and your skills.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 29, 2014.

Sitting on the back deck drinking my '13 Myriad Tofanelli Sémillon as it was a scorcher today. 9pm and still pushing 80°.  Got all the stone set in mortar today. Took about 5 hrs. Glad that part is over for now. Need to think on a grout now. Likely will do the same decomposed granite I have in the patio and in the other stone work. Man am I beat.

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 30, 2014.

Are you falling over drunk-from-fatigue-and-wine, judging by the bottom photo?

 

Great project, OT. Am suitably impressed. I'll have some good tempranillo tonight, thinking of your sweat. Over here it's the rainy season. Hot and *very* humid. I get to sweat just walking down to the corner....

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