I’m starting to feel like we aren’t making much progress on the house… We’ve been constantly working on it but it has been the small things that we have been up to lately. You know those little things that don’t look like they would take a lot of time but end up taking hours. Yeah that has been what we have been doing.
One of the things we have done is start revamping the exterior of the house. Some of the things are out of necessity and others are aesthetics. The first project was finishing out the railing of the wrap around porch. The only way to keep Amydog safely in the backyard was to finish out the railing at the front and put a gate in. I really didn’t want to do this because it felt claustrophobic to me… But after many discussions and we realized this was the only option for right now. So a before and after:
A close up of the railing and gate. Eventually this railing is getting moved but for now this will do. Side note, we have found out that Amydog can fit through the railings on the porch and get into the front yard… Yeah not cool. So deer netting is going up on the railing to keep her from climbing out. Good thing about AD, she doesn’t like going far. She gets to the other side of the fence and just sits there. Thankfully she is a great dog and doesn’t run off but nothing is scarier than looking in the backyard and AD isn’t where she is supposed to be. AD is pretty much our first child and I would die if anything happened to her.
We have also been working on the exterior of the Studio. So far we’ve cleaned up the massive pile of leaves that was out front (yeah it was like two feet deep), painted the front door and trim, made the stone path to the backyard visible (ha we didn’t even know that we had a stone path), trimmed up the jungle that was the side yard, and added some plants.
In the next couple months we want to add an awning like this one below to the front of the studio. We want the building to look finished and inviting. The front right now just looks so blah… in due time.
We’ve started clearing out the side yard/beds. The periwinkle and ivy that was previously in the bed started taking over the bed. And let me tell you, that stuff is crazy hard to get out. There are about a dozen other plants in the bed and the periwinkle and ivy had strangled all of them. We’re slowly making progress on killing that stuff and getting the beds back to square one. We have some big plans for the area but the heat of this summer has pretty much put off yard plans until the fall.
The ground was previously covered in vines and we are finding all types of stuff in this bed… like lava rocks
Look you can see through the jungle! And a stone path 🙂 Eventually we want to take the railing that is right be the house and the patio and pull it up to the driveway. Right now the patio feels like an awkward middle area and we want the whole yard and patio to flow together.
Here are a few examples of what we want to do with the space between the house and studio:
As you can tell, we want to take it very modern and clean cut. We plan on incorporating a lot of concrete, natural elements that are self containing (ie plants that aren’t crazy to maintain), a fire pit, and plenty of seating. We want the area to be visually pleasing, modern, and doesn’t require a lot of maintaining… We can’t wait to get started on it. Now if only the weather would cool down!!