Friday, September 26, 2014

Death of a Beech Tree

Our Beech Tree has been dying for a while. We didn't want to face it. The tree was the reason we bought this house in the first place. We've had hot, dry summers the past few years, combined with some construction on the street and rebuilding the deck. The arborist came out today and looked at the tree and delivered the bad news: Take it down.
This is what it used to look like, large and majestic, towering over the house:


Here's what it looks like now:



It feels like we are losing a friend.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stump. Ground.

We had a dead maple tree taken down from the front yard over 4 years ago. They left the stump. We couldn't figure out what to do about it. Then this morning, I heard a commotion outside. The neighbors across the street were having their stump ground by a landscaping company that had a remote controlled stump grinding machine. I talked to the landscapers, and he agreed to grind the stump in our yard, and literally 4 minutes later it was gone.


Now what should I plant?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little by little, it's coming together

Last year we replaced a slider with a window in the kitchen. In order to save money, we decided to paint it ourselves.
So it sat unpainted for almost a year. 

But we decided to buckle down and paint it over the past 2 weeks. 

I'm happy to report it's done!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome and please come in!



The new front door is installed! This is a huge improvement over the old door that was drafty, sagging, and never opened when the weather was humid.



It took years of planning and research. I really wanted a double door, but finally had to admit it wouldn't work, the space was too small. 
This door is a generous consolation prize. In addition to being 2 inches thick, it's 42 inches wide and almost 8 feet tall. So instead of 2 small doors, I have one massive door!


In the end, I'm very happy with it. Just waiting for a nice big knocker (go ahead and giggle)!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New front door, in progress!

Front door being installed. It's only taken 3 years to find the right one!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Updated garage

Although we have lived in the house for over 8 years, we just now realized we had 2 different garage doors.

Now we have 2 new doors, equipped with garage openers and keyless entry!

We painted the garage Benjamin Moore Steel Wool. 

It's a big improvement.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Back deck

We "cut twice and measured once" a few times, but managed to piece together a cover for the hole in the deck


Then the rest of the deck was powerwashed and you can't even tell where we made the changes! Ha! No one will notice the mismatched seams and different pattern by next year when the new wood has aged.

Now that its done, we can use this part of the deck again. Until the mosquitoes come along, then I'm going back into the screened section.
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