You may not be aware, but there has been a huge beach nourishment project on the beach just north of Duck and north of the Field Research Facility pier. Our oceanfront house up there on Sea Tern Drive was affected and now they are pretty much done around our house, although they are still doing a little more near Dianne Drive. The beach is now apparently huge (we haven’t seen it ourselves).
Another season is here again. We have spent some time preparing by repairing a few things, touching up some paint, doing deep cleans, making sure the kitchen and other things are fully stocked, and as usual doing some more landscaping and weeding (endlessly…). We also have a new refrigerator in the kitchen that was replaced during the previous season and a new refrigerator downstairs that we replaced during this off-season.
Hope you have a great vacation!
Once again we have gotten the house ready for this next 2016 season. We’ve been very pleased with the new grass in back, but have been busy with some new landscaping and constant weed removal. Inside we done some deep cleaning, touched up lots of paint and made sure the kitchen is restocked and up to date. I almost forgot, but we also replaced the washer and dryer with new full-size stacked washer and dryer. Hope you all have a great time.
We are back in Duck at DuckAway for the second short visit this fall and now after the rental season is over. We have been very pleased with the new grass in the back of the house and with some of the plants that we had installed irrigation for. We have been making arrangements to have rain gutters installed at DuckAway and at our other house and to have some door and window work done at our other house. We are making a short stay and will return in the New Year to really get to work.
After a long wait due to availability we expect that the Zoysia sod is being installed. It is being installed in the area in the back of the house which should tie in with the back door, the pool, and the decks. We have been looking forward to this for a long time and expect that the guests will consider it a major improvement and a very nice amenity. In the hot summer weather, for a while after it is installed, it will need to be irrigated fairly often, but it should still be available for the guests to enjoy!
We are now ready for the 2015 rental season at DuckAway. We are very happy to have made a number of improvements to the house and believe all our guests will be very happy. I’ve mentioned some of the improvements in previous posts, including a new pool gate, new 12-volt outdoor lighting, new landscaping and irrigation system, deck and house cleaning, new bathtub and surround resurfacing, upgrading and replacing various kitchenware and household furnishings, and much more. And we were also able to upgrade to new cable boxes that are much smaller but also newer technology. Unfortunately, one of our bigger projects, the installation of Zoysia sod in the area behind the house, is being delayed because of the availability of the sod. But we expect it sometime in probably late June. And on the morning that we were leaving to head back home we discovered that the oven displays were totally blank. So we had to call Sun Realty and they sent someone out and within a couple of days replaced the control panel. Everything is working great, now.
So, we welcome all our guests for the 2015 season and hope you have a great vacation!
We have been back down to Duck during the winter and spring to get both of our houses ready for the 2015 season. Probably our most ambitious project was a complete kitchen renovation (just like we did for this house, DuckAway, just one year ago) at our other oceanfront house, SeaNotes (www.seanotes.org). And with the extremely harsh winter we had to replace three burst pipes at SeaNotes (but DuckAway did fine). We also had a number of projects at DuckAway including a new rear pool gate, all around outdoor 12-volt lighting, lots of landscaping (much did not survive the winter) and a new irrigation system to help it along, having a plumbing leak in a ceiling fixed, resurfacing the tubs and surrounds, upgrading/replacing kitchenware, some new light fixtures, and much more.
We were down to DuckAway in the fall of 2014 to see how everything was doing. We were also checking out our other oceanfront house in Duck, “Sea Notes” (www.seanotes.org). We were very pleased with all the great comments from our guests at both houses for the 2014 season. During this visit we replaced the rear gate to the pool area with a new gate that works much better. We also spent time preparing the house for the coming winter.
Well, its been a long time since we have posted, but will try to summarize some of the things we have done for the upcoming 2014 season. We think we have made some significant changes and we are now ready.
Outside we have made a lot of landscaping changes. We have much new mulched area with some pines and ground cover way up front and down the West side. We have planted many new plants in the mulched area, by themselves elsewhere, and around the pool. We are hoping that they all take off and are keeping our fingers crossed that they continue and thrive during the Summer. (We planted several rosemary plants and if they continue to grow, please feel free to partake of them for flavorful dinners!) The grounds themselves have some new grass (sort of…) and are being much better taken care of.
The odd (low) wooden structure next to the parking is a way of controlling the pool water discharge as necessary. We have added some fenced in area with gates below the decks so your pet can easily wander among the decks, the pool, and the ground. We added a new gate to the pool through the carport so it is easy to move between the pool and the downstairs rooms which include a bathroom and the second refrigerator and microwave. We have added some paint, fixed some things and make a number of other outside changes.
We have made inside changes too, most notably replacing the vanity and hardware and the toilet in the upstairs bathroom. We also painted a section of wall in there with a great new color. We have replaced all the kitchen ware that was old, missing, or damaged and have added some new items. We have added many new furnishings and wall decorations.
The cable TV company went to all new equipment, requiring cable boxes for every TV. Unfortunately they didn’t plan well and there is now a mixed set of much-to-big cable boxes, some of it used, that take up space next to every TV. Sorry about that. We are going to try to see if we can update them with smaller boxes during the off season.
We had a great rental season for 2013 and had lots of very nice comments in the guest book. But, now for us, it is time to get back to work to make some more updates to DuckAway. One of our big objectives is to greatly improve the landscaping and add a number of plants. We also have some ideas about other smaller construction projects and there are always a number of miscellaneous items on the check list.