Okay, so all y'all know that we bought a house and moved back in April. The house isn't perfect - what house is? - but we knew all it would take was some sweat equity to make our home the way we want it. The first thing we did was get gutters installed on the north side - where there were no gutters. (Really helped with that 5.5 inches of rain we got.)
The next big project was digging up the foundation and sealing it - with it's ancillary project of sloping the ground away from the house (thereby creating flower beds) and creating a drainage system to direct the rainwater coming down the hill away from the house, too (thereby creating walking paths).
First order of business - move the azaleas lining the front of the house so they'd be out of the way and wouldn't get crushed by all the activity. Those went into new beds on the other side of the driveway. And they're looking pretty okay, considering it's not the right time to transplant shrubbery.
I moved 5 of them here and the other 4 are on the opposite side of that tree.
So, we got the bushes moved. Then came the digging of trenches - both to clear the foundation and to create a drain so the rain wouldn't drown our foundation.
Next, we ordered retaining wall blocks...
and began putting those in place.
So we worked on the iris bed alongside the driveway...
It's ready for planting. And since the dirt arrived yesterday, I'll be working on that today while the Hubs puts another coat of sealant on the front and digs out the back foundation so it can dry. There'll be more pics as we get certain aspects of this done. (If I waited and posted them all at once, we'd be here all day. LOL)
Yes, all of this is a tremendous timesuck. And I'm getting squat done for writing. But hey, it'll look awesome when we're done. Plus, our foundation will be nice and dry from here on out.
What timesucks have you encountered lately?
PS. Yes, my house is the color of pumpkin puree. That will be rectified next year maybe. Depends on time and finances and how long my husband can bear to look at that color.