Saturday, July 25, 2015

Front Porch Progress

Hello friends and family!

I am over the moon to get a front porch roof and railing!  I can't wait for our house to finally look "finished".  

I should be painting, but I decided to sit down and do a blog post (now there's some time management ....).  With a rain-free forecast, I've been finishing up painting the last side of the foundation.  

Mr. Windmill got started on Monday.  
I'm sure all the neighbors were wondering why we never completed the siding in the front gable. 

A sheet of OSB to protect the door glass.
Smart move, Mr. Windmill!

And here it is!  A perfect shed roof.  
Mr. Windmill is A M A Z I N G !
I show him or tell him my ideas and he brings them to life!
He's patient too.  'Cause that roof design changed about 26 times before I settled.  Just ask my mom, she was the one who had to scrutinize a Pinterest board full of pictures and listen to me flip flop on all the pros and cons of each design.  
Thanks mom!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back Porch Railing

Mr. Windmill finished the railing on the back porch.  
And I couldn't be more in love!

Just a photo dump today. 
( I can't wait to paint that back door! )

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Front Walkway

I haven't had a chance to show you the pictures of our finished paver walkway. 
Without further delay....... 

We still have to fill in around the walkway with topsoil and plant new grass.  
I'm not sure if we are going to leave the section between the retaining wall and the sidewalk with grass or fill it in with black mulch and some hostas.  I have to think on that for a while.

 Here you can see how it leads out to our gravel driveway. 

The polymeric sand set this time unlike our back patio which you can see here.
Things around the Windmill Cottage are slowly becoming less dirt and mud!  Yay!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ground Breaking! To the Front, to the front..............

There seems to be just enough pause in the rain to do some ground breaking.  It's been raining every single day for nearly two weeks.  Hubs headed outside to layout the path for the front walkway.

 It's amazing what a tape measure, a roll of string and some stakes can do!  
Mr. Windmill (my hubs) had lots of help from Little A and Big C!

Mr. Windmill makes short work of digging.  He seriously is the digging master!  
He grew up on a farm...go figure!

Some landscape fabric and the first layer of gravel shown here.

 Little A taking his turn with the tamper.  I think that tool weighs as much as he does! 
And there's the stack of pavers waiting to transform into a front walkway!

 You can see the Knock-Out roses and the Stella lilies on the side of the house.  
They seem to be doing okay.  They could use a little more sun and little less rain!