Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category

WINTER IS HERE, BUT WE SMELL SPRING IN THE AIR!

February 7th, 2012 by KC Construction

First snow of the year hit in the middle of January, which is not completely unusual, time-wise. It was relatively unusual in its depth, however! We had about 8″ at the barn by the time it was all said and done. It stayed quite cold (right around freezing) for a week before a couple of days of warm wind and a little rain made it all a memory. Now here we are three weeks later and I can smell the tiniest bit of spring in the air. It’s time to prune those roses and fruit trees!

First Frost…

October 18th, 2011 by KC Construction

This is the Contractor’s Wife reporting…

It’s the first frost of the year at “The Barn” on Foxtrot. We’re close to the Strait here – so close we can hear the waves if the wind is right and the waves are high enough – and that proximity provides an extra couple of degrees of warmth through the fall and winter months. I’m sure the first frost came to Sequim proper two or three days ago.

It’s really starting to feel like fall, even though fall officially started nearly a month ago. We’ve had a particularly lovely Indian Summer which almost made up for the dreadful true summer we had this year. But now the chickens are going to their roosts earlier and earlier (along with the setting sun) and Beamer, the standard poodle, who has always been a bit persnickety about such things, hesitates to go out into the dark of the morning if there is a chance of getting his feet wet. This morning I looked in the closet and decided that I could finally pack away the flip flops and summer sandals. Terry has already transitioned into his hickory shirts and heavy coat in the morning, because of course, he hits the road so much earlier than I do.

We’re looking forward to a sunny fall afternoon with friends, pressing apples! It’s become a tradition for us to venture out into the valley this time of year, looking for unappreciated (and unpicked) apple trees to harvest. Last weekend we pressed about 12 gallons and expect to do twice that amount (or more) this afternoon. In the process we meet great people and see old friends – thanks to Conn and Ginny for the apples from the ancient tree at the old Knutsen Farm, and to the kind couple whose apple trees Terry has been admiring (and coveting) on his way back and forth from the new home we have under construction nearby. It never ceases to amaze us how many trees around here aren’t harvested! If you’re reading this post and you live in Sequim – call us! We’re happy to trade cider for apples!

Well – I’m making an entry in my gardening notebook about the first frost (October 15th). You should make sure your hoses are all disconnected from the faucets, your gutters are clear and your sweaters are handy! Now go out and enjoy this beautiful sunny Saturday!

Rain Rain Rain!

March 4th, 2011 by KC Construction

I know, I know…welcome to the Pacific Northwest. The chamber of commerce will tell you that it rarely rains in Sequim – but I was born and raised here and I know from experience that, while it doesn’t rain here nearly as much during the winter as other parts of western Washington, it still does, in fact, RAIN! But let’s try to find a positive aspect to all this moisture. This winter is providing an excellent opportunity to assess your drainage issues. We’ve been noticing standing water in places that you almost never seen it, probably a combination of the unusually heavy precipitation and the very heavy snowfall that we received at the end of February. Even if you rarely have problems with drainage, you might be noticing some areas of your property that could use some attention.

Improving your drainage is one of those projects that, once completed, most people will never notice. But good drainage is vitally important to both the condition of your home and use of your property. Take a look in your crawl space. Is there standing water? Walk over your drainfield. Does the soil feel wet and spongy? Depending on the lay of your land, correcting this issue could be as easy as installing a French drain to divert surface water away from foundations and septic systems or as complicated as the project we undertook about 4 years ago which involved leveling the low spot that collected water, building a large berm with a standpipe behind it to collect runoff, diverting it to a new catchment basin and directing the flow around the buildings. Problem solved!

If you’re looking for some advice or ideas about improving your drainage, give us a call. We can make plans now and correct them this summer when the ground finally dries out – and I promise, it WILL eventually dry out!

Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

February 26th, 2011 by KC Construction

We always look forward to this first taste of spring here in the great Northwest, especially after this winter that seemed to begin way back in November! I’d been saving my pennies to stock up on Oriental Lilies, and I even bought some Trilliums to tuck in under the blue spruce grove on our property.

These shows are always a great inspiration to us, and this year was no different. Recently we’ve been brainstorming ideas for garden structures and there were plenty of examples on display. Our favorite garden was entitled “A Day Well Spent” created by Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. It consisted of a weathered wood potting shed, rustic greenhouse, and backyard cold frame, all surrounded by green lawn and enough spring flowers and bulbs to make me long to be out in the garden again!

KC Construction is currently working on a garden suite that will include an 8’ fence (welcome to deer country), a 380 square foot greenhouse, 80 square foot chicken coop, cold frames, compost bins, raised garden planters and a pair of water features. Sound like something you might be interested it? Give us a call and we can discuss your options – from a small patio with planters on the sunny side of your house to grow some fresh tomatoes to a garden big enough to sustain the neighborhood like the one we’re working on now!