Monday, May 12, 2014

Under Re-Construction

Whether or not there is such a thing as

"an offer you can't refuse..."

is seriously debated in our household.

Keep that in mind when I tell you three years
ago a builder offered us a serious reduction on
one of his spec houses. He had two houses he had
built on speculation and he needed to free up
money for another commercial project.

We bought the house and, as money allows, we have
been slowly completing the projects that provided
the serious reduction in price from the builder.

Our latest project was replacing the front walkway:

and extending the patio in the back of the house...

The front walkway seemed out of place for the
house. It had a modern appearance and was as
straight as a bowling alley. The builder put in
cement blocks, with spaces in between for
plants, which became a hazard more than a
walkway since the plants continually died and
left gaps between the blocks.

All that had to be jack-hammered out and carted away.
Good riddance!

We widened the stoop outside the entry.

We did this by removing the two planting areas
on either side of the old walkway that held two
 little trees, which never did well, and then
flanged the walkway at top...

 We also flanged the area at the bottom of
the walkway too as it leaves the main

Then we changed the walkway from straight
to curvy to give it a more cottage-y look.

The crew placed two pipes cross-wise in
the walkway area to provide tubes under the
concrete for access for future lighting wires
and for sprinkler pipes and equipment.

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be back when we're more completed.

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  1. That's going to be so much prettier than a straight sidewalk!!

  2. I love the wiggliness of it all, and now that you've discovered the plants that don't do well, you can make appropriate changes.

  3. Your new walkway looks great! I much prefer a curvy walkway to a straight one. I think it adds more interest.

  4. Lots of work there. I like curves in a walkway. Wish I could be there to put my hands in the wet cement lol!

  5. Linda sua casa e ficou maravilhoso o piso da entrada.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

  6. Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet note. I love your home and the brick is beautiful!
    Also I love your new walkway its very charming and welcoming. I look forward to see more of your landscape adventure.
    I am one of newest followers.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  7. Rivercrest Cottage,
    The new sidewalk is gorgeous, dear friend!!!
    It amazes me that builders don't put porches on homes any longer. I like how you've made yours more appealing from the beginning to the end of your walk. . .a welcome walk!

  8. It was always my dream to have a curvy sidewalk..they are so charming and yours is wonderful!

  9. I love a curvy walkway, too, and this looks really nice.

  10. Your house looks very good. You have done a very good job by placing cement for the path way!

  11. This looks gorgeous... lots of work but you get to make it yours with your own style.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog.. I really appreciated the comment. I'm going to write and memorize my list... I even have my ideal man in my mind already. Have a wonderful weekend ;-)

  12. Very pretty home. The front door entrance is going to be beautiful. I know you are excited.

  13. Your projects are a great improvement to your lovely home!
    Thank you for the visit,
    Mary Alice

  14. Looks great!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will visit again as i will be featuring more old magazines as I weed out my supply. I am posting them on to a Pinterest Board for posterity....


  15. What a difference that curvy sidewalk makes ... so inviting. The house is lovely. Thanks for the visit to Timeless Treasures and the nice comment on my 'junk'.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.