Posted: September 3, 2010 in House

Received and installed the sod!





Sure have come a long, long way.


Tree Lord

Posted: August 31, 2010 in House

The backyard is finally coming to completion… and it’s a great feeling.

Here is before the Arbovitaes:

And here is after:

Here is a shot of the opposite side, which would be what you’d see if you turned around from the above pictures:

All in all, I had 56 Green Emerald Arborvitaes planted. I opted to have the landscaping company plant them, that way I would get a year warranty and be assured that my investment would have a nice “return” in the coming year. Also, it saved me a full weekend of digging 56 holes. Yikes! My awesome parents bought me four, 50′ soaker hoses to place around the Arbs, which has been great. I set up the hoses and get up at 6am every few mornings and turn the water on until about 8am.

This weekend I will be laying the sod, so hopefully it will all be “done” come this Saturday… but let’s be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be “done” with this place!

Quick Update!

Posted: August 4, 2010 in House

I’ve been chugging away on the backyard, hope to have it all rototilled this weekend!

Roots and All.

Posted: June 18, 2010 in House

I’ve spent the last two days tearing out the stumps of trees that I chopped down a few weeks ago. As mentioned before, tearing out stumps is something reserved for the 7th level of hell. Just an FYI.

The aftermath (weights about 150lbs):

There is one more left, but I’m not sure if my ax will survive… I’ll snag a picture later to show you what I mean 😦

Caution, Wet Cement

Posted: June 15, 2010 in House

They poured the last piece of cement last night, and it turned out GREAT! I’m really happy with the whole project now, and even more excited to start getting the last pieces of the yard together. I tore out a few more roots the other night, and got DESTROYED by the mosquitoes back there in the process–ouch! I think I might try some Cutter Backyard Bug Control to combat them for now.

Here’s the new cement addition– will make parking MUCH easier:

The next upcoming projects include more landscaping to get the grade of the lot right; water drainage solutions to prevent basement leaking; addition of soffit ventilation to increase airflow to the attic;  planting trees along the outside perimeter of the lot, and a few other things. Stay tuned!

One Minor Detail…

Posted: June 9, 2010 in House

As it turns out, the form of the driveway did not really follow the function; having the drive snake around the bush on the left, shown here:

…really didn’t work out for pulling into or backing out of the driveway. Thusly, I decided to remove it and have the driveway just shoot straight back from the carport.

For what it’s worth, digging up stumps and cutting apart trees is not as much fun as it seems (does it even seem that way? Who knows).


This is what should be coming, next week:

Hopefully next Monday they can pour the new piece, and then the driveway and garage will be 100% done!

Garage Finished!

Posted: June 7, 2010 in House

The siding has been put up, and electric has been run!

Motion detecting light (so don’t try to steal my stuff, yo!):

And three switched lights:

Garage Building

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Walls and roof are up!

In the meantime, I had a landscaping company come out to the house with a huge wood chipper, and take care of all the vegetation I had recently removed… Here’s a shot of it all, after I moved it to the front driveway:

Chipper in the background:

Backyard, all (mostly) cleaned up!

I also tore out all the vegetation along side my other neighbors’ house on the right (with his permission, of course!):

Before, you couldn’t even see this wall or window on his house:

And finally, I took a moment to enjoy the new shade the garage provides:


Posted: May 20, 2010 in House

Over the past few days, much as happened. The sand was poured and stamped down, and then the cement itself was laid! I’ve been continuing to tear out as much of the old landscaping as I can, and I think I’m making good headway. Here’s some photos of the recent work:

Footings poured and blocked:

I also trimmed up the pine tree, and tore out the growth on the south side of my lot:

Got rid of the vegetation in the back corner, just stumps left:

And finally, cement poured!

Walls and roof coming soon!!

Garage Day!

Posted: May 17, 2010 in House

This morning, bright and early, they broke ground for the new garage!

(this is the view from my bedroom window)

Making a mess:

There is about 8″ of top soil, followed by clay, so in order to pour a stable driveway they had to dig out about 12″ of material, then backfill with sand and gravel:

When I got home, I decided to do some more work in the backyard, with the help of a chainsaw I borrowed from my neighbor.

I tried to clean up as much as I could, and I think it was a good start. Both of these pics are looking from the house towards the backyard, facing where all the overgrowth used to be:

Here is a closer-up of the back left corner, where the wild things were:

Here’s what I was left with:

Whew! That’s enough for one day… hopefully more tomorrow!