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Whimsical Backyard Makeover

We’ve had our historic townhome for about 1.5 years now, and have finally made some headway in the backyard!  It had some qualities that we really liked from the beginning – the giant tree in the middle, the existing shrubs, and its size (it’s larger than average for the neighborhood).  It felt like an escape, even as-is, and we saw lots of potential.  Here’s what it looked like when we bought it in February. The thing about buying a house...

A Little Curb Appeal Goes a Long Way

We haven’t done all that much to the outside of the duplex yet because there’s been so much to do on the inside.  Most of it – like the front and back porches – will have to wait until the weather gets nice again.  But the front door needed to go sooner rather than later. We looked around at a few different stores to get an idea of selection and cost of an exterior door.  Turns out, the standard price for...

Backyard Makeover: Part 2

Update! Our makeover was featured on Better Homes & Gardens! See the article here (#5). Summer is finally here and we’re excited about it!  Since the weather’s been so nice, we’ve been working on upgrading our backyard.  Last year, we brought it to life by adding a deck and patio, planting grass and a garden, and building some low-cost furniture for eating and lounging.  Pallets were our best friend, and worked perfectly for us and the occasional backyard BBQ. Since then, we decided to put our house...