April 26, 2015

The Fountain for the Upper Balcony Arrived

Remember back in January when I posted an update of the six month project? We had decided to do the upper balcony in a Thailand paradise theme so we could eat out there, or I could spend evenings reading investment reports quietly. We almost have all of it cleaned out – there are still a few errant pieces of furniture, like the small green love seat you see in the video – that need to be removed to make way for the renovations and upgrades. The good news is, despite a 5 or 6 month wait, some of the things have begun to arrive; we now have the Thai prince statue, and the water fountain showed up unexpectedly a few days ago. We wanted to test it to see how it worked so I took out the Android and filmed a video.

I’m really hoping to get it all done before the end of the summer but there are so many other things on my agenda at the moment. The ultimate goal is to get it all on the automation system so you can pull out an iPad or flip a switch, instantly turning everything on so the water fountain starts flowing, the lanterns illuminate, the fan or heater begin working, etc. It will have exterior floors that look like a form of Teak wood, allowing water to drain but no spiders or other animals up through the cracks, curtains that keep out mosquitos and other bugs, flowers built into architectural elements, and a dining area for folks to sit out there, listen to the creek or watch the foxes, coyotes, cardinals, and other animals that often walk into view.

  • Gilvus

    You should install clappers like the swingers do in their love nests. A heart-shaped bed drops down from the wall, a table loaded with champagne rises from the floor…bom chika wah wah.

    Actually, a trapdoor leading to a shark tank is more appropriate because you’re building an empire. Bonus points if the sharks have head-mounted lasers.

    • Joshua Kennon

      I bet this kid could pull it off: http://youtu.be/6x1GkgbVP1I

      The news said this morning that Berkeley had a judicial hearing.  Apparently, being brilliant, innovative, and self-motivated is now discouraged at college.

  • Guest

    What kind of lighting are you going to have? (for reading)

    • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

      Haven’t decided, yet. The switch to most paperless and digital assets means I will probably be doing most reading from now on via a Kindle or iPad, which should solve a lot of the problem.