Monday, July 26, 2010

Wood Fired Oven get's a ROCK lift!

Work coming along on the 42" wood fired oven which is a feature in the outside kitchen at Poggio Secco. After the second firing, we can report that the pizza coming out tastes JUST like the real deal from Naples Italy. JUST like it. Here the oven get's it's rock veneer. One of the few crews we hired for this project. They rocked it in a day and a half! Jim helped moving stone and picking up field stone from the property which was also incorporated in the veneer.

Monday, July 19, 2010

In building our house we have a pretty extreme Western exposure. Topography of the building site really couldn't be avoided. So we built with 2x6 framing and completely filled in the walls with spray in foam. Couple that with very energy efficient Pella windows and we can afford the views like you see here. This is last nights 40,000 foot thunderhead across the valley from our Poggio Secco (Dry Hill) that created some breathtaking views. Needless to say, it didn't stay dry for long with a summer shower that washed over us last night. It was actually pretty pleasant.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Outside kitchen coming together.

As we complete the project, we can already start firing up the pizza oven. Rock work, counter tops and cooking stuff all to come shortly. Until then, let's make some authentic pizza!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter weekend!

This weekend, we planted two Burr Oak trees and the garden. We still need to mulch the side of the garden nearest to the house and to add emitters for the new plants; but it is largely finished.

Planting a new Burr Oak. This year's garden.

Johnny wants to help!

View from the guest bedroom porch.

A floral finale!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Wintery mix with temperatures just above freezing.

Back in the 60's by Thursday.

Welcome to Texas, y'all!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We Interrupt This Broadcast... bring you the first signs of spring in the Texas Hill Country.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I can officially be a Roman aqueduct builder!

The first two arches for the front entry of the actual wood fired oven are complete. STANDING even! I had to build special forms to support the precut fire brick then set it. These arches make up the interior flue area in front, and will continue to the brick ledge out front with another
decorative arch at the face of the brick. I can't believe how many people are following our build here. It's exciting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hangin with the Rock Solid guys.

Dean and Derek from DIY's Rock Solid and the new show Indoors Out, hanging out with us at KLBJ with a live interview with Dudley and Bob. Funny stuff. Then we hopped in my studio at the station for a quick pod cast which can be heard here: INTERVIEW

They truly are nutty.

Monday, February 8, 2010

In action shots, with second course of fire brick going up.

Second course in and the prep for the landing in front of the actual opening is done. Right above the landing will be the chimney flue. There will be multiple arches that enter the actual oven. The guys from Rock Solid (stone masons) can't believe I'm doing it this way. Very old school, but very much the right way to build one of these. It will get to 1000 degrees in there. Special shout out to the folks at Acme Brick company of Austin. They have been wonderful and the fire brick quality is amazing! Oh, and this day was like 46 degrees and high winds.