When we moved into our house, a few years ago, there were a lot of things we liked, but there were some things that really needed to change, like the room with the horrifying mural and pepto pink trim. We still have to address the black shower in the master bath. I'm not sure what altered state led to that decision but I can assure you, it was a bad one. Anyway, one issue we have finally resolved, was getting rid of all the toxic railroad ties and the "rustic" wood fence, next to our driveway. Pardon the arrows, these are Leo's notes from the project.
After transporting all the ties to a facility equipped to dispose of the safely, we went to a landscaping supply shop and picked out some rocks and such to spiff up the joint. Leo somehow managed to schedule everything so that he ended up working some days in the rain and some days during 90+ degree weather.
When the delivery folks dropped everything off, they asked Leo how many people would be helping him. When he said, "um, none" the all looked worried for him. For the record, Leo's never actually done this before. No big deal, right?
There was a lot of breaking of things and also, clay and gravel and loose rocks pretty much everywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if our neighbors were taking bets on whether or not it would ever be finished. They do not know the ingenuity and tenacity of my husband, though.
Check out our spiffy new stairs.
And the lovely rock wall around our rose garden. Those rocks are locally sourced volcanic rocks and when it rains again someday all that moss turns a gorgeous array of greens and yellows.
We've also started tucking some plants into the crevices between stones. We don't water anything in our front yard so whatever we plant has to make the best of what nature dishes up.
i love it. Every time I leave the house I just bust with pride at how nicely it all came together. There's more to do, of course. The fence will need replacing, and the gate was a quick and dirty fix we put up when we first moved in, so the dogs can't escape, but this was huge and I love the end result.