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

Posts Tagged ‘patio’

2014 Recap: The Patio(s)

In addition to adding shrubs near the vegetable garden, I also wanted to add some near the patio. After some research, i decided that Little Henry Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) would work well under the pergola. They’ll only grow a few feet tall and wide (supposedly), so they should fill in this area…

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Having Gator Dust Problems?

In addition to lots of hits on the differences between Benjamin Moore’s Aura and Natura paint lines, I also get a lot of hits from people searching “gator dust problems”. No one seems to use more specific search terms, so I’m not sure if they’re having Gator Dust problems or are anticipating/trying to avoid problems.…

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Happy 6th House-iversary!

As of today it has already been six years since we moved into the bungalow! In previous anniversary posts, I’ve gone through the general changes year-by-year as well as a “the more things change, the more they stay the same” post. This year, since we’ve been working so much on the yard I looked back…

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What Started as a Fairly Simple Project…

…has turned into my PERGOLA! As you may remember, last fall we removed the last of our Smooth Sumac trees next to our flagstone patio because they were too invasive and sent underground suckers all over our (and our neighbor’s) yard. We are still digging up roots that are trying to grow new sumac trees…

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Box o’ Prairie Grasses

Our cedar raised planter box is working out well in defining our pea gravel patio. The prairie grasses I transplanted are supposed to grow at least 5-feet tall but I think they were a little stunted this year due to the transplantation and maybe the drought. I really didn’t water them but they grew nevertheless…

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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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Luck of the Draw

As you may have heard by now, we were one of the lucky winners in the Houseblogs.net “Look What I Did” sweepstakes sponsored by True Value. Before you look at our entry and think, “What?! They won for THAT??“, this was not a contest based on aesthetics or project difficulty or anything else, other than…

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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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Garden Spaces

As you’ve probably read or heard, when planning outdoor spaces it’s nice to incorporate different “rooms” depending on how you want to use them. While the bulk of our outdoor entertaining will be centered around the patio, it’s also out in the open for everyone to see (until our shrubs grow big enough) and it…

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