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Moving Boxwoods + Gravel Down!

Moving Boxwoods + Gravel Down!

Oh my goodness y’all look at this– the boxwoods have been moved, and now there is an EXIT to the circular driveway! Just to recap: here is the before layout and the after:   SO COOL!  The shape is actually taking place!  We weren’t home when the crew actually picked up and moved the boxwoods...
Mud Pit-- I Mean-- Driveway Update

Mud Pit– I Mean– Driveway Update

CHECK THIS OUT.  It’s our new mud pit!  (If you squint your eyes and use your imagination, you can see that it’s actually a new driveway in disguise.) It loops through the brick columns same as the old driveway did, but it instantly goes uphill.  We didn’t remove any of the old asphalt from the...
The Driveway It Is A Changin

The Driveway It Is A Changin

Progress report on the driveway! First thing first was to take up the brick walkway from the front porch to David’s office. Then after that the bricks were up, the heavy duty equipment moved in. And then… Something like 13 huge dumptruck loads of dirt got delivered to our driveway as you can start to...
Starting the New Driveway

Starting the New Driveway

So apparently the very first step to redoing a driveway is to come up with plans for a new driveway. TA DA!  I know you’re dying to see… so without further ado, here are the new plans: We decided we’re going to keep the entrance between the two brick columns but create a separate exit...
Planning a (new) Circular Driveway

Planning a (new) Circular Driveway

I have so many amazing memories of pulling into my grandparents’ farmhouse in the Shenandoah Valley, my dad throwing the car in park, and us running out of the car (pausing only to let the dog out of the back) before feeling supremely welcomed by a hug from my grandparents, the smell of a homecooked...
Rock Wall in Front Yard

Rock Wall in Front Yard

We’ve done some more landscaping in the front yard! Just a reminder of what the front walkway started looking out like when we bought the house in 2013: We have done a LOT of ripping overgrown things out of the front yard (a lot of which has happened to be poison ivy/ poison oak/ poison...
Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

EXCITING UPDATE! The floor in the little brick outbuilding is done and we’ve moved everything into David’s new office! I don’t know who’s more excited… David, for having a place he can work from home, or me, for having a place to put David’s crocodile head and Claymore sword.  (After we got married, we had...
Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

So when we left off, we had the heated subfloor installed in David’s office/ little brick outbuilding.  (Post here.) Since then, the tile has been laid!!! Check it out! I decided to do a tile from Home Depot reminiscent of bricks but a whole lot thinner (and cheaper, added bonus!) than bricks.  The main goal...
New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

As you walk up the front walkway to our house, the two-story front porch greets you, and if you walk along the porch, there’s a beautiful (albeit a bit overgrown) brick walkway that leads to the sweetest little brick outbuilding. I love the picture above Claire Pieron took back before we moved in.  Sadly, since...
Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and check out how the front of the house used to look when we bought it: And how it is now: It was a little bit overgrown, huh? Walking up to the front door you used to brush aside the bushes and every morning would run into...
Yardwork

Yardwork

  Now that the weather’s warm, we’ve started doing some yardwork in our mess of a front yard. I can’t really garden in any of the existing overgrown garden beds because they have small touches of poison ivy throughout.  This is a huge disappointment to me because I gardened a lot in Alexandria and found...
Clearing Out the Driveway

Clearing Out the Driveway

  When we first moved in, as our photographer Claire Pieron so aptly captured, the growth along either side of our driveway was pretty thick: Lots of stuff going on, right?   We have since spent a LOT of time clearing out bushes, trees, and vines from this area.  We did a lot last fall...
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