New Home — Week 40 Update

9Little Patio -- A Pinch of Joy

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a peek of the projects going on as we make this house our home.  Here’s just a few of the things we’ve been doing. . .  *  means a tutorial will follow.  Eventually 🙂 Dining Room Curtains and Rug - A Pinch of Joy

While there was still snow on the ground, we added some rugs to the tile floor.   This one is in dining room and looks like  the one in the back entry.  It’s a fun contemporary pattern.  The big front entry rug uses the same colors but in a more traditional pattern.  I’ve had a difficult time finding curtains.  These lined tab top curtains* are made from tablecloths!

Basement Builtins -- A Pinch of Joy

We also began a big project in the fully finished basement, adding a wall of built-ins* to the  game room and a bigger one in the media room.  This one in the game room is almost finished and the storage is in use.  The media room storage is partly done.  Once the weather made it possible to work outside we put it on hold.  The outdoor work needs to be done, but putting storage construction on hold means the furnace room storage space is about to burst — seems we have hobbies  and other interests that demand space!  We do have our belongings at one address, however!

3Office Curtains - A Pinch of Joy

We kept the theme of black and white curtains in basement.  This is Bytes’ office, his bedroom has a black and white chevron and the game room window (above) has a black and white Greek key design.  The game room will be Wheel’s territory, with a file cabinet (already full to overflowing!), bookcases (stuffed) and a big worktable.  I’m hoping he will continue to share the worktable with me.

Storm Doors - A Pinch of Joy

Our first outdoor project was to add two storm doors* to the deck. With 55 mile an hour winds on a somewhat regular basis during any given season, they were definitely needed!   Bytes and Wheels installed them — an easy project.

5Pergola for Pentagon Shed -- A Pinch of Joy

The Green Pentagon Shed got a black pergola to frame its door.  I am looking for white climbing roses but haven’t found any.  Or any ideas of a vine that looks great all year round would be welcome!  We reworked the entry to make it a ramp so the lawnmower is easy to move in and out.

7 Planter -- A Pinch of Joy

We built planters* and  planter screens*.

Raised Bed Planters -- A Pinch of Joy

And more planters!  The raised beds on legs were built from kits — we’re sort of experimenting with them.  This spot gets six hours of sunshine and has so far worked out really well for “salad” plantings.  The bigger bed* is sixteen inches high and so far has escaped the notice of the resident bunny.  It has 2 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers and a pepper plant.  It was a rainy spring so we were rather late getting them planted.

9Little Patio -- A Pinch of Joy

This little patio is right outside the back garage door and is also the entry for the west gate.  We built it* to 1) help solve the serious drainage problem on this side of the house and 2) provide a spot to work out side for potting plants, painting or other such projects.   It makes a nice little hangout space too.

Pathway and Dry Creek -- A Pinch of Joy

The pathway* and dry creek* were also built to help solve the drainage issue.  It’s still a work in progress, however.  We had very heavy rains two evenings in a row this past week, which clearly indicated a need for expansion and reinforcement. Done and done.  Hope the problem is solved!

10Before -- A Pinch of Joy

This is what the space looked like in early spring.  We moved that innocent looking and very large pile of dirt on the right one shovelful at a time!  Many, many shovelfuls!!   It contributed to the drainage problem 🙁   We also built the big garden bed around what was left when we ran out places to put shovelfuls of dirt 🙂

11Drainage wall and stepping stones -- A Pinch of Joy

On the east side, we also corrected some drainage issues with the little retaining wall.  Then we added stepping stone and plants to work with the existing Japanese maple.  I used pine bark mulch because I like the look with the stone on the house. However, it was quickly obvious that anything lightweight was not going to be ideal mulch material.  Did I mention it gets really windy here?   The stepping stones go from the patio to the east gate.

12Prepping Garage for Next Project -- A Pinch of Joy

There are still lots of projects, indoors and outdoors.  We try to prioritize among the many on the list.  Getting the garage in order is the next step.    The guys are prepping the space so we can make it function better* and fit Wheels’ vision.  The cabinet matches the ones in the kitchen — it was sized incorrectly so has lived in the garage since the house was built, but I have plans for this baby!

New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

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The View from the Office Window

View out the office Window -- A Pinch of Joy

The view from my office window will be changing soon. . . .

View out the office Window -- A Pinch of Joy

because the sign in the front yard changed.  .  .

In contract - realtor's sign

Had open house one Sunday and accepted an offer the next Sunday! 

For a different view. . .
Deck Garden
  Here we are looking toward the office (where the light is in the window) from the vantage point of the photographer’s drone!  The photographer did a fabulous job and made us look really good!  It was fascinating watching him manipulate the quad copter and snap pictures using his cellphone to control the camera.  We will miss this deck!! 

Backyard -- Drone shot
Another great shot by Andy, the photographer.  The perennials, mostly hostas and other shade lovers,  were in full bloom.  I didn’t put out annuals this year — no time! — but I did buy a few hanging pots for a bit of color.   You can tell it had just rained again.  This yard had nothing but a few straggly raspberry bushes and a sad weeping willow when we moved in. I put every single stepping stone in place, divided the hostas, and planted the hydrangeas.  Bytes built the “Great Wall of China” retaining wall as my Christmas gift one year.  Wheels and Bytes put together the raised garden beds.  Looking forward to creating a new garden in the new place — with sunshine!!

Thanks for your patience and understanding while we transition to a new home 1000 miles away!

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Garden Tour 2014

Garden tour 2014 -- A Pinch of Joy

1Garden tour 2014 -- A Pinch of Joy
Welcome to our garden!  When the cold of winter and rain of spring finally gave up and allowed us to actually BE in the garden, we took the opportunity to rework everything!  I’d love to show you the results!  Our yard is very shady so you’ll see lots of hosta, coral bells and astilbe!  This collection stretches along the neighbor’s fence to the east.  Clematis are growing up the arch in the middle.  

2Back yard West -- A Pinch of Joy
This is looking the opposite way.  The white lattice behind the blue heron figure hides the big electrical box that started this project.  Last year the power company dug up and replaced the lines all through the neighborhood.  We painted the fence gray to match the house — a big improvement from the dark brown it has always been!    Lots of pictures coming. . . .

3Corner garden -- A Pinch of Joy I like to tuck little surprises in here and there. 

4Lady -- A Pinch of Joy

Another surprise.   I like the detail on the Garden Lady.  

5Hydrangea Collage
I planted seven hydrangeas last year — plus the five we already had.  They all made it through the winter.  I am delighted to see the variations in color!  There are six of these planted in front of the heron.  They are still too short to be seen over the hosta, but they are doing great! 

6Back yard north -- A Pinch of Joy

We added the privacy fence across the north.  It blocks the view of the cul de sac behind us and the busy street beyond that.  Just makes the whole garden look better!    This photo was taken right after the fence was installed.

6Tomato Collage
This is what the raised garden bed looks like today — full of tomatoes and cucumber vine!   Looks like we will have BLT’s on the menu soon! 

7Garden Container - A Pinch of Joy

Container garden with red geraniums and sweet potato vine.  This is the first year  I’ve used sweet potato vine — love it!  The chartreuse color makes a magnificent contrasty foreground for almost anything you put with it!  

8Double Lily -- A Pinch of Joy
Double lilies from my mother’s garden.  Starts have moved all around the country with us. 

9Toward Deck -- A Pinch of Joy
Looking toward the house.  The baskets and planters seem to have a hard time filling out this year — between cold, rain and more rain alternating with 90 degree days!   There are steps behind the tree to the lower level of the deck, which stretches almost the full length of the house.  There is also a pergola over the raised portion of the deck.  We spend a lot of time working, eating and relaxing there in good weather! 

10Lantern -- A Pinch of Joy
An old iron lantern just beyond the deck.  That’s jacob’s ladder to the left and liriope to the right.  This area gets some morning sun. 
11Pump  A Pinch of Joy
A pump from Wheel’s family farm.  It works!  But not here — no water supply 🙂    
I hope you enjoyed your look around!  We’ll see what’s out front of the house another time! 

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