March 5th, 2010

Plants and Railings

Today we got a delivery of all our ecoroof plants that we’re going to plant this weekend. Most of what we unloaded from the delivery van were flats of plants in pots… Our licorice ferns, coastal strawberries, camas, Oregon iris… But in terms of area covered, we got 35 pounds of assorted sedum cuttings (image above) that came in a couple of wet boxes. 

The weather is supposed to cooperate which will hopefully mean that we can largely get done with our landscape planting needs, plus we need to tackle painting our bedroom wall that faces the ecoroof as well as all of our windows.

Various Railings

Our handrails were installed over the last couple days, so we’re now that much closer to legal occupancy. Additionally, the guardrail on our deck is mostly complete.

Initially we had planned to do a cable-rail system that we then priced out to be close to $2000 which is more than what we could afford and more than what seemed reasonable for a small deck. So we ended up getting some steel posts and ripped tigerwood strips to form the guardrail which has turned out beautifully and cost about a third of the cable system.


  1. Hi – beautiful deck railing detail – did you cut a 45 degree angle for the outside corners or do a butt joint (can’t tell by the photos)? Also, I plan to be at your open house, I live just a few blocks away at 14th and Ash, so it will be nice to meet a new neighbour. Thanks, Michael

    Comment by Michael Dixon — March 7, 2010 @ 00:55
  2. The top of the guard rail is mitered together at 45 degrees, but the thinner slats are just butt jointed.

    Comment by Matt — March 8, 2010 @ 12:16

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