before and after

Backyard Reboot

by Josh on November 8, 2011 · 2 comments

in Outdoors,Projects

I love it when a plan comes together. A couple posts ago I shared my plan to revise the back yard to remove the vegetable garden, consolidate the patio space, and expand the lawn. Now I can show my steps to enact that plan and how the results turned out. Unbuilding the Garden Taking out […]


3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

by Josh on May 14, 2011 · 21 comments

in Journal

This post is part of a 10-site blog tour.  Follow the links at the end of the post to move forward or backward through the tour sites. Welcome to Bungalow ’23!  Whether you are a regular reader or a first-time visitor, I’m delighted to have you here for the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour.  For […]


In addition to a big house to maintain, we also have a big garden to manage. As with the house, the gardens–though lovely–have numerous areas that need rehabilitation. One of these areas is right out front, where the previous owners landscaped the hill with shrubs and ground cover. The design was supposed to wash the […]

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Workshop: Before and After

by Josh on February 2, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

There is still some tidying to do and I need to find something to do with the lumber from the old storage units, but this phase of the basement workshop project is otherwise complete. Here’s what the workshop looked like a couple weeks ago: Since then I demolished the old storage units and a cardboard […]


Playroom Shelves

by Josh on January 12, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

For our next restoration project, we’re tackling one of the upstairs bedrooms. It’s been serving as a playroom for our son and we hope someday it will become the bedroom for a second child. Before then we have a lot of old paint and wallpaper to strip, some windows to restore, and perhaps some insulation […]


With just a couple finishing details left to complete, I lit the first fire in the paint-free fireplace last Friday, December 8. Since then, I’ve wrapped up all the finishing. The brick is real and it’s spectacular! Here’s how I handled the last stripping and finishing details: Last Thursday night I removed the last of […]