A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘hardscaping’

The Working Holiday

I hope everyone had a nice 4th! Ours was uneventful but productive. A month or two ago, in addition to mulch, leveling sand and flagstone, we bought bluestone pavers for the sidewalk alongside the garage. We weren’t in a hurry to install them, but I began to notice that every time the scrappers came down…

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Purrrrrrrlins

Do you know your pergola jargon? No? I didn’t either. So let’s review: first you have your posts, or columns, which are supported by the footings. The footings are the poured concrete cylinders that the posts are either set in or attached to. If the pergola is attached to the house like ours is, then…

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My Husband Rocks

While I painted the storm windows last weekend, my wonderful husband Pete not only was my “ladder boy”, moving the extension ladder for me whenever I needed to paint the upper part of the windows, he also worked on other projects in the yard. The big one was finishing off the bluestone path. Initially, because…

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Yard Progress

The photo below shows that while we’ve finished some things in our yard makeover, we still have quite a ways to go on other things. What is done: the brick paver sidewalk, the pea gravel patio, the bluestone path from the front of the house to the flagstone patio and the bluestone walkway to the…

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Hardscaping the Yard, Part 2

Once the dirt digging was done we were ready for our hardscaping materials. After shopping around for red pavers, I knew I didn’t want the more generic concrete pavers, like Unilock. It just wouldn’t look right with our natural flagstone and our old bungalow: too new-looking and too uniform. Of course concrete pavers are cheaper…

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Hardscaping the Yard, Part 1

To make good on my goals for 2012, back in late March/early April I started calling various concrete contractors to get quotes on removing the sidewalk that stretched the length of the house to our alley. It was the first step in transforming our yard according to the plan that our landscape designer created for…

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Summer Growth

Well, I wish I could say that we’ve been away on a fabulous vacation, but alas, no such luck. I’ve just been too busy with work to post anything. That, and we haven’t done all that much around the bungalow. I do have some new things to report, however, so I’ll get to those as…

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My Husband, the Rock Star

This is one of the many reasons why I love my husband: Many times, all it takes is for me to say, “What if we…[insert idea that usually involves manual labor for him here]?”, and he usually goes with it. This time it was creating a space for the bird feeder. We haven’t had our…

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Look What We Did: Patio and Yard

As part of the Houseblogs.net “Look What I Did” Sweepstakes, it’s a perfect time to show the Before-and-After of our flagstone patio and the progress we’ve made on our yard to date. (I’m also happy for the chance to win some cold hard cash/plastic from our sponsor, True Value!) When we moved into our bungalow,…

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Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

While we still spent a good portion of the weekend working in the yard, we also spent a lot of time relaxing on our patio. The finishing touches are complete — check it out! Here’s the view walking from the front of the house along the sidewalk to our side yard (the house is directly…

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