HOUSE: Newburgh

Clean slate (dirt, plywood).

My mother and I spent a couple of hours clearing out all of the remaining weeds and grass in the garden. I feel so inspired! She also helped me to come up with a pretty great new design for the landscaping, and I’m going to try to break it down into stages so we can move forward with the whole thing at a manageable pace.

Oh! And I think we have a new tile guy, which is very exiting. Evan and B spent the weekend rebuilding the subfloor (and the sub-subfloor) in the bathroom, so things are moving right along…

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20 Comments

  • Reply stephanie May 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    wow! your back yard is coming along great! it looks so different already!

  • Reply Adam May 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Wow! Everything is looking great! What happened to your other tile guy?

  • Reply Janelle May 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Beautiful! I cant wait to see it finished!

  • Reply B. Williams May 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Potential-wise, that is the most exciting back yard I have seen in a very long time.

  • Reply Vicki May 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    When can we see the plan for the garden?

  • Reply maya May 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    i am soooooo jealous!

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 7, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Adam: Tile #1 was weird about calling, weird about scheduling, weird about the whole thing in general. Bad vibes/no vibes…

    Vicki: The plan is only on paper now. I have to either recreate it in Illustrator or scan the sketch…

  • Reply my little apartment May 8, 2008 at 1:08 am

    yoy, im about to do the same thing with my yard and i’m not looking forward to it! all of last summer’s sod died, so i’m raking and tilling and starting over.

    i was recently inspired by two different kinds of Asian grasses, one functional, one decorative. i want to use Korean grass on the lawn (rolly and mole-y!) and Japanese forest grass in the beds around the edge…

    can’t wait to see the progress of yours!

  • Reply Kathy May 8, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Both of these are looking great!!

  • Reply nicole May 8, 2008 at 8:27 am

    it’s SO exciting to see it all moving along. i absolutely know what you’re going through. every little step forward feels amazing.

    and how lucky you are that you have your mom so close to help with these things.

  • Reply melissa(your sister) May 8, 2008 at 11:33 am

    i’ve been meaning to tell you that I think the fence looks great & i can’t wait to see the progress in the yard! i, like Vicki, would love to see your plans. the bathroom is coming along nicely also.

    p.s.– our mom has made up some plans for jeff & i for our family room & living room. she has nice ideas!!

  • Reply Sally May 8, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Oh, that’s what my backyard looks like now too! I can’t wait to see what you do with yours.

  • Reply Ryan May 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    take lots of pictures of the bathroom tiling process please? Are you putting tile up the walls too, or only on the floor? I’m curious as to how you attach the cement board to the exterior wall. I see you have some framing or maybe furring strips under the window. I haven’t taken down the plaster and plastic tile yet to see what is around my tub.

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Ryan, the tile is only going on the floor. The walls are beadboard. We’re not doing the tiling ourselves, so the photo sequence won’t be very extensive, sorry!

    The wood strips you see on the exterior wall are the furring strips that the original lath was nailed to. We had to knock it all out so we can insulate under the window and build supports for our wall-mounted radiator. The beadboard will be nailed onto the furring strips, just as we did it around the rest of the room.

  • Reply Annemarie May 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Can I ask if you ground is level? The back of my yard slopes off and it’s making landscaping really hard. I might just close it off with some big Butterfly Bushes.

  • Reply Beth May 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Fritz? Please?

  • Reply Myra May 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Anna …So glad to land here in ur blog yesterday n been reading thru it n not quite done yet up to now. very interesting n curious to find out how everything will look after all the renovations. thruout the read, cant stop thinking that we almost like the same things (Luv ur stuff n ur style!). ive added ur blog to my fave blogs which ill be checking every now n then. good luck with the renov! m sure everything is gonna come out beautiful! interesting too that ur near rhinebeck where my sis lives.

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 26, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Pia, yes, that was my original garden plan! 🙂

  • Reply Jamie Friendly June 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    That is fantastic!

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