An online journal documenting the planning and building process of our modern home from start to finish. It is intended to share our experiences throughout this project with all those interested in modern design.

There Goes the Waterfall!

The Village of Merrillan has been working on planning a project, “The Oakwood Lake Revitalization Project,” to remove built-up sediment from behind the dam for years. In fall of 2006, the stars aligned, all permits were issued, and a public works project to remove approximately 29,000 cubic yards of material was let. The project involves “pulling the plug” on the dam and draining the upper pond before the winter, with removal activities happening during the winter months after the bottom of the pond had a chance to dry up and freeze up a bit. Also included are installation of a handicapped fishing pier and non-motorized boat ramp. The project was awarded to Hoffman Construction in January 2007. The pond was drained in January 2007 and a majority of the excavation work was completed in February 2007.