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Movin’ Along

It has once again been a little while between updates.  There’s been a lot going on at ‘the shack’ (the term we affectionately use when referring to the coffee roast house).  We opened our doors on April 27th and have been having an absolute blast.  Coffee is great, no two ways about it, y’all.

The building pad was complete at the end of February and after we sent a few inquiries to plumbers and the town officials, we let the house project rest.  Three months later, we are ready to move forward and get a few more steps checked off.

During one of our property jaunts, we came across this both and beautiful beast.

During one of our property jaunts, we came across this bold and beautiful beast.

Power line and Easements

PNM, the local power company, met us at the property a few times and we figured out where the power line would terminate.  We have 100′ to work with (from Richard’s pole) and it looks like we’ll be situated around 90′.

The easements were signed and filed in mid-April so everything is legal and legit.

These are our zero-gravity chairs we lounge in while the dogs eat their dinner.

These are our zero-gravity chairs we lounge in while the dogs eat their dinner.  They are situated near the south corner, which is the highest area of the property.

Trooponceles the Great

Our dogs, Trooper and Sydney, get daily walks to the property from our apartment.  Once there, we let them off their leashes and they can smell things and eat dinner until we’re ready to head back.  This whole process takes about an hour or so and is one of our favorite parts of the day.  However, despite it being a pleasant experience and all, we are eager for the day where the dogs can have free time at the property without our constant supervision.  You know what that means – fence time.

Shortly after the building pad was done, we installed a corner post at the south corner.  We have since completed the east corner and one of the west corners.  We have a few more to do and will then add the middle posts and fence wire.  Our plan is to make slow and steady progress so that the fence is done around the time that the house is.  (The pic at the top of the post is Brian’s finger – a cactus got him during a fence post installation.  Ouch!)

Trekking out to the west corner to install our second fence post

Trekking out to the east corner to install our second fence post

View from our chairs

View from our chairs

Foundation and House Plan

Even though it has been three months since we’ve done physical work at the property, we have been doing plenty of mental math and brainstorming.  Our original thought was to do a slab foundation for its thermal mass contribution to our passive solar plan.  We hammered in stakes and ran string to mark where the house will most likely go, spent time standing in our ‘walls’ and pondered our options.

We have a new plan in mind but haven’t decided 100% on whether or not it’s the new course of action.  We’re going to keep thinking on it for a little while until it sits right.  We might end up with a pier and beam foundation and we might add 4 feet to the length and take off a foot or two from the width.  No need to rush the decision though…for once the cement is poured, there is no turning back.

Fried green tomatoes from Tre Rosat, one of few places in town (besides us) to accept Bitcoin.  They serve amazingggggg food.

Fried green tomatoes from Tre Rosat, one of few places in town (besides us) that accepts Bitcoin. They serve amazingggggg food.

Water and Sewer Lines

The last several weeks FLEW by with all the chaos and coffee-happenings going on at Bean Vivant.  We completely forgot about our standing request for water and sewer at the property.  We hadn’t heard anything from the town and last we checked, the ball was in their court.

After a few calls late last week with the utilities department, we received some great news – They can schedule our work to be done the weeks of 6/8 and 6/15!!  That’s so soon!  Thankfully, their role is to bring the utilities to our property line, so we don’t need to have our foundation decision just yet.

First visit to one of the fancy food establishments downtown.  We ordered the Spanish Chorizo & Date Crêpe (in back) and the Chicken Tagine with Organic Turkish Apricots (front).  The Tagine was good and the crepe was AMAZING.

First visit to one of the fancy food establishments downtown. We ordered the Spanish Chorizo & Date Crêpe (in back) and the Chicken Tagine with Organic Turkish Apricots (front). The Tagine was good and the crepe was AMAZING.

Next Steps

  • Continue work on fence.  We ran into some ledge challenges a few times but have always overcome…sometimes it just takes a little longer.
  • Continue picking up shards of glass.  The wind keeps uncovering more ‘treasures’.
  • Decide on the foundation – we’ll post floor plan ideas once we know for sure the foundation and house size
  • Continuing having an incredible time at the shack.

Serving coffee and beans is so much fun and we are grateful for the positive reception we have received from the town.  There are 4 coffee shops and 1 drive-through in/near the downtown area.  We frequently hear that only 1/3 of Silver ever goes downtown and that’s a generous guestimate.  The other 2/3 never venture that way because it isn’t on their commute and/or it doesn’t contain shops they want to frequent (i.e. art, jewerly, sit-down cafes, etc.)  Many people have expressed appreciation for us opening up shop in a place where they can get their needs met.  Well, we are happy to be of service.

Roasting beans, planning for our house, drinking coffee….having a blast.

One of our first customers was the black/red smart car.  They're big coffee fans and were also the first 'smartie' in Silver City.  This shot was taken downtown.

One of our first customers was the black/red smart car. They’re big coffee fans and were also the first ‘smartie’ in Silver City. This shot was taken downtown.

Brian headed the solar panel project.  He's the team's head of research.  He choose this panel and then assembled the rest of the needed components.  We'll post about it soon.  It's super cool.

Brian headed the solar panel project. He’s the team’s head of research. He choose this panel and then assembled the rest of the needed components. We’ll post about it soon. It’s super cool.

One Comment

  1. Looks great. Have fun with all the planning and building.

    Love,

    Grandma and Grandpa

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