All posts filed under: Home improvement

What I’ve Been Up To…

bout 2010, I had a really good yard going. I’d be out working in the yard in the evenings and neighbors would walk by and tell me how good my yard looked which is amazing because I had no clue what I was doing. My sister and I attended the Alabama Hydrangea Society’s tour of homes; I began hanging out at various botanical gardens in the area. I was in a gardening zone, baby. I was rooting hydrangeas, I had amassed a collection of about 75 hosta. I could show friends and family my fern collection and call out the botanical name for each one. Last year, my yard looked like hell. I bought zero plants (well almost zero); barely even put weed and feed on my yard. The only thing I did was cut the weeds and what little grass that grew beneath them. So what happened? In 2010, we had a drought of historic proportions and the next year was almost as bad. My mostly shade yard had become home to a herd of …

Past Project: Pediment Picture Frames

I like architecture. When we bought our current home, it was virtually devoid of architectural elements. While nice on the outside (I love all the trees in our yard), the inside was pretty simple. In some rooms, we had large walls with an undersized baseboard and no crown molding. We did have a few nice features: large windows and solid wood, six panel doors throughout. Otherwise, the interior of our home was pretty basic. After visiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, and seeing the riot of moldings, ceiling decoration, panelled walls and frequent carved wood and stone, I decided I would do something about the basic look of our home. The first thing I did was add a lot of molding to our foyer. In the photo above, all the trim in white is new. Even the stair balusters were changed (three of the original ones were installed upside down). The oak handrail replaced a basic pine one. The poor looking parquet floor was ripped up and replaced with a nice oak floor …

Workshop Wall Surround, Part 3

My last update on my current project occurred on September 29th. At that time I had planned an update the following weekend showing some ambitious progress. That was three weeks ago, so as I see it, this blog post is three weeks late. I blame this delay on an annual distraction – college football. When football season begins, it is hard to stay on schedule. We love college football – my wife and I are alumni of the University of Alabama, and now my daughter is as well. The love of college football extends to both of my brothers and my two sisters – my mom and dad as well. Except for one brother, we are all Crimson Tide fans. Here in Alabama, college football is what you do after summer ends. Yesterday, Alabama played Tennessee and won. We had the good fortune of being at the game. It was a long, fun filled day – we left home at 8:30 am for a 2:30 pm kick off. The drive to campus takes about an …