Friday, June 29, 2007

Built To Last Till Time Itself Falls Tumbling From The Wall

This is an example how small jobs turn into major projects.

When we moved into this 1930's home, there was much to be done to bring it up to date. We did stuff to the inside living space and pretty much left the yard alone...until now.

We live on a street called Cleveland Terrace. Many of the houses were built into the side of the hill so they have terraced yards. Ours has 4-5 levels that we step up on to. Each terrace is nice and flat and roomy and kept up by various retaining walls.

One key wall was buckling, bowing, from the weight of the dirt pushing on it thru time and rain. The wall wasn't built very well in the first place.

So we thought it would be a good idea to repair it...simple plan.

Then we figured the terrace that was collapsing could have a nice deck with a spa pool overlooking the glorious view.

There would need to be some landscape and trees and new steps and lighting.

And why not replace the other decks while we are at it?

Let's remove a door that we never use on the house. Actually, other stairs might as well be redone.

The uppermost terrace, which we never use could be cleaned up and landscaped.

Kimberly could use a nice garden, or even a small greenhouse.

The lawn should be sodded after all the ripping up.
It took months just to get bids. One wall repair that could have waited years has become a big messed up yard in transition. The job should be done in a few weeks.

Of course, the spa pool is a little bigger and flashier that it should have been.

Just trying to live a simple life and attract guests.


At 3:06 AM, Anonymous robin said...

finally photos of the progression! you are finally speaking my language brother. there is no 'simple renovation/remodel' take it from me and then look at how tired danny looks sometimes:):) we dealt with a retaining wall 'situation' too with our 1937 home in Salem, still my favorite home of all times, and just "get 'er done" my friend and then sit back and smile big when it's completed...3-6 months after you think it will be completed that is:) love robin

At 1:55 PM, Blogger D said...

Guests? Did someone say guests? As long as it's done by the time we make it in October...

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Mira said...

Great work.

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