Sunday, March 25, 2012

Exterior Progress: Part 2

We have been working on finishing up some of the loose ends on the front landscaping.  So this weekend we tackled the lawn and front post.  

We bought some all-in-one lawn seed, mulch, and fertilizer, and put it down in the front yard.  For the post, I used exterior wood filler to fill the holes, and cover screws and nails.  Then, I used some paintable, exterior caulk.  I hate caulk.  

 I initially used the my finger to smooth it out, but I decided that I liked the sharp, angular look better, so I used the putty knife to make nice sharp edges.  This week I plan on painting the post white.
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Packer/Razorback House

Nick and I both love football.  Our first vacation together was a road trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, four months after we started dating. 

We had engagement photos taken with us in our NFL teams hats.

Nick prefers college football, and I prefer the NFL.  As you've seen throughout the past couple months, we have filled our house with Razorback and Packer items.  Nick's office has been updated as you've seen here, here, here, here, and here.  

The Packers are my team (literally), and you've seen that evidence here, here, and here.

Our obsession has spilled over into the living room.

Any Packer/Razorback fans out there?
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Our family is expanding!


We have adopted 2 adult cats.  They are brothers, originally named Goose and Maverick, but we are going to name them Dino and Frank.  They are hiding from us now, but hopefully soon, they will warm up to us.  I really want them to like us.  I don't want to have to find another home for them. 
Sunday, March 4, 2012

Exterior Progress

My parents and I have been busy working on the front landscaping this weekend.  It really has come along nicely.  Much more color and better designed. 

If you look closely we have made several changes.  The light fixtures on the outside have been changed.  I was against a flood light on the right side of the house, so we found this exterior light that washes light down the wall towards the new Hibiscus tree.  My dad also fixed the siding flap that was wonky, replaced the light on the porch, and replaced the post that had water damage at the base. 

 My mom, Nick and I planted a Gardenia, a Bird of Paradise, boxwoods, Bougainvilleas, Trailing Lantanas, grasses, Dianthuses, and a Plum Fringe-Flower, along the front.  They are very colorful, and should flower for a couple months, or year-round depending on the plant.  I have some openings available to plant some other seasonal plants later in the year. 

We are about 85% done with the front, I believe.  We have remove the old walkway, plant grass throughout the lawn, paint the new post, caulk the post, paint the front porch and steps, and potentially add pot gardens and a bench to the porch.

It is a vast improvement to the front, which used to look sad, poorly planned, and poorly completed.  The cost of the whole project, including plants, top soil, mulch, light fixtures, and lumber for the new post was about $500, and about 3 easy weekends, and 1 busy weekend.

I will take pictures in a couple months so you can see how the plants and yard are doing.