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WE DID IT!

By on Dec 7, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Deck and Patio, Dining Room, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Landscaping, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Well – we did it! What a long and grueling four weeks this has been. It’s been especially grueling with my back. As some of you may know, I have been struggling with major back issues for the last couple of years. These last few weeks have practically broken me –  and I’m seriously ready for some R&R.  2015 will be the year that I will finally rid myself of this problem – whether it be holistically or surgically. But despite this bad back and fighting a cold – we did it – with a lot of help from our friends! We pushed our builder, Ryan, to get us in on time – and he delivered! We all knew we were a little premature getting in, and those first two weeks were pure chaos – with almost 20 people a day working at our home. For those of you that have lived through a renovation – I salute you. I could not imagine living for...

It only took 11 years to get off the street

By on Nov 5, 2014 in Landscaping | 0 comments

When we purchased our home in 2003 the owners were going to take out our cute little miniature cherry tree for a parking pad. Thankfully we got there in time and saved it. It had always been on our agenda to create a parking pad. Then life happened. Here we are 11 years later – and we finally have off-street parking! We worked with our neighbors as we had to repair the damage our project had caused on their driveway. We came together with a design that would work together, and not be so much concrete. Additionally we did not want something impervious. Jose and his bobcat came back. The crew lined up the forms. Then the concrete truck came and started to pour.   The finished product – curing. This week Jose and his crew were back and added a nice old-world touch to the apron. The cobblestones provide a nice, vintage touch. We are all very pleased how it turned...

The Wall

By on Oct 25, 2014 in Landscaping | 0 comments

This is what I’ve been singing in my head over the last couple of days. We don’t need no education. We dont need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone! All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall. And here’s why: Jose and his bobcat were here earlier in the week. He took out our pathetic wall and the roots from the old poplar tree that came down a few years ago. And the old hedge that was well passed its prime. The granite was delivered. And the masons went to town! These guys are both talented and fast! The top slabs came in for the cap. And voilà – here’s our new...

Project Playhouse – Part Deux

By on Sep 6, 2014 in Landscaping, Misc | 0 comments

When we cut back the yard Addison’s playhouse was right there smack dab in the middle of our yard. This project was a labor of love that Jonathan built by hand. We all doubted him and he proved us very wrong. It took him about a year doing this in his free time. It is awesome! When we had the garden, it sat in the back of the yard and was hidden behind all of the plants. But then we cleared the yard. And while it is beautiful and we love it – we didn’t want it in the middle of our new back yard. So we enlisted the help of our awesome neighbors and this is what they did. It took 5 hours and they moved it 22 feet. Check out this time lapse video. Everything (including Addison’s decorations) stayed perfectly intact. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Just one of the many many reasons we love where we live!  ...

A blank canvas

By on Aug 22, 2014 in Landscaping, Renovation | 0 comments

So this happened this week. Jose and his bobcat paid us a visit. They went to town. And that big hole in our backyard went bye-bye. We couldn’t believe that we used ALL of that dirt that we dug up when we did the cellar. And now we have a big clean slate to work with. I’ve already mourned the loss of our once beautiful backyard. And now we are ready for something new and more manageable with the help of our friend – and wonderful landscaper, Tim. Addison is all ready to clean out and use her playhouse again. I don’t blame her....

The back is not her best asset

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Back Porch, Deck and Patio, Design, Exterior Elevations, First Floor, Landscaping, Plans, Renovation | 0 comments

The rear of our home was just not attractive.  At some point, the original back and side porches were enclosed when it was converted to a duplex.  It was converted back to single family prior to our purchase, but there are still some of the odd additions from it’s duplex years. Before we chopped the backyard in late 2013 to prepare for the tree that had to come down on the side yard, we had a beautiful back yard. It nicely camouflaged the rear of the house. We didn’t really have green thumbs, but inherited a beautiful English style garden from the previous owners.  It bloomed for us every season.  We really had fun with it in our early years here, but you really had to love gardening to be out there regularly to properly keep it up.  The upkeep just became too much of a burden to us with the combination of having a child – and letting our landscaper go during the lean...