Initial Landscape Work

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Find a Landscape

Interior Design & the Final  

      Look of Zelonedom

The Foundation

The Floor Slab

Drywall & Paint


Fresh, Healthy Indoor Air


Heating System -- Radiant
Energy Use: It's More than

     Heating Our Home

Electricity and Appliances


Framing-Walls & Wood

Framing - The Roof

Greenhouse for Heat &

      Food Production

Insulation ... Make it Tight

Initial Landscape Work

Initial Site Work

Landscaping During

Paint & Drywall

Pervious Concrete Driveway


Recycling Construction
Waste ...Zero Waste

Septic Systems ... Nothing
Very Green Here

Solar Electric System

Solar Water Feature

Water Proofing the Walls
Mold Discussion

Plumbing & Saving Water


Series of Pictures of How the House/Site Looks During Construction


Spring came, the architect is finalizing the plans with our builder.  We have a landscape plan.  We are ready to start. Frankly, after 6 months, we are ready to move in ... but that is still a year away.

The site had hundreds of scrub alder trees that were growing where the house was going to be built.  The lot also had test holes for septic perk testing.  Rather than sit on our hands and go crazy waiting, Chris and I went to work doing the things we could do ... clearing the site of useable vegetation.

The landscape called for paths around our water feature and into the woods.  There also were a few wildflowers that Tamisha had spotted that could be saved.

We cleared the site of the alder and transplanted the vegetation that we wanted to save.  The trees were chipped and left in a pile so that they could be used around landscaping put in during the fall or on the paths we will be creating while the house goes up.

With our daughter, we collected and relocated rocks for use in retaining walls as part of the landscape plan.  This was a waste of effort and nearly killed us.  We found that there are so many rocks on the site uncovered during construction that we had more than enough for use later.  

Bottom line, look at the BuiltGreen checklist, figure out what can be saved or salvaged before you start and save it for later use. In any event, it is always a good for the body and soul to get outside, on a beautiful day to work in the woods.

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