Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer Outdoor Projects

Behind Collecting, Repurposing and Sharing, regular life stuff carries on.

Outside maintenance is always a summer priority.

This year the outside jobs include repairing, cleaning and repainting the two decks, painting the front window frames/sills and wooden accents plus stucco touch ups, simplifying the front yard and cleaning the back yard.

It all takes time, lots of time.

The first summer job was the front yard simplification. 

The front yard got a lot of cleaning and simplification in July (thank you to our friend V). Tree canopies were raised, branches were thinned, more gravel was added and some grass and planting bed areas were subtracted. 

Two weeks of hard work by V, a small truck load of gravel, 2 trips to the local green recycling with the 24+ large bags of weeds, branches, cuttings finished that job.

The goal was to simplify and it was met. There are places to sit and relax, weeding and watering areas have become minimal, grass cutting (well with severe water regulations there has been no grass cutting as no grass grew, just the weeds) will take about 10 minutes. In the fall or spring a few perennials will be added.

Planter flowers that made it to mid-August.

The second big job was freshening/painting the front of the house. 

The three front windows had their frames painted (delicious yellow on the wooden frames with taupe sills). The wood trim on the front of the house was freshened with Rock Face (grey/blue color) plus some white touch-ups on the stucco. 

Our friend V. has been helping us with this one too. She does the ladder work. Big job, 3 coats of paint, high on the ladder, hard on the back, legs and shoulders. Hard work. We very much appreciate V's help. Final brush strokes below.

Between DH/myself we did the porch floor (cleaned off porch, it had been 'storing' a trunk, 2 chairs, 2 wooden tool boxes, a small round table, a child's table and a few boxes of 'stuff').

The steps and the porch were washed and have a fresh coat of taupe. The long railing topper was replaced. A 2nd coat of porch enamel and touch ups are still on the list.

The third job has been the back deck areas. 

The deck over the carport was emptied (I store a lot of stuff on that deck), washed twice, painted with deck coat twice and will have one more coat in a few areas. White deck railings are still on the 'to paint' list.

The wooden narrow deck off the back of the house needs to be painted. It has to be power washed first. Since it now has all the stuff I moved from the larger deck I have to find somewhere to store/or let go of the stuff. 

The wooden deck will get two coats of grey deck paint. The long deck rail has been replaced and will need to be painted (that is the long and heavy piece of wood in the deck photo above).

Then there are the steps - 9 down to the yard. This year they will be replaced, painted and non slip strips added - a job in waiting.

Back yard and side yard - weeded, cleaned up (we have two grand-dogs). The pears and apples are falling and that is another job that 'carries on'. 

My garden area has been easier in August, mostly hand watering and harvesting with a bit of weeding. 

The blueberries are almost over.

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  1. Wow, gorgeous results from all your hard work.

  2. Love your veggies and flowers but NOT the tiring maintenance work. Glad you have a helper especially those high places. Looking really good though. Love the happy colors.

  3. Wow have you been busy! All of those things have to be done eventually, don't they! It all looks sp clean and fresh! Great job!


  4. Awesome! I really love your gravel area!

  5. Great job! I love the huge difference a little paint can make. The flowers are the icing on the cake.

    Jane x

  6. My GOODNESS, you got a LOT of work done!!!! It all looks fresh and clean and neat and tidy!!
    What a wonderful way to start the new changing seasons!

  7. love the colors of paint you chose for your house.You must have spent a lot of time this year around your house:) with great results!

  8. Lovely job on that deck. You guys are busy over there. Love the sitting area with the peek of a blue car.

  9. Hi Joy,

    What a difference simplifying makes! Everything looks so RIGHT. I love your colors: the yellow really pops against that blue. Isn’t it fun finding blues to share?

    Happy Blue Monday!

  10. You've had a busy, busy summer. Everything looks so fresh and pretty. Simplifying is a great idea.

  11. Joy, you have been busy. It's good to have friends to help when needed. The front looks great. Blueberries look really nice. Sylvia D.

  12. What a wonderful bunch of jobs done. I got very little done. But the veg garden once planted just needs some maintenance and its bounty is enjoyed...yours looks wonderful.

  13. So much hard work has been happening here. But what a grand result. The flowers look lovely and the front porch is looking as if it 'shines'.

  14. A big job but something we all must do from time to time to maintain our homes. Don't you find you just finish one aspect and it's time to start all over with another? When we replaced our windows we switched to white aluminum sills so no more rotting or painting of the wooden ones. We've pretty much completed the replacing of big items like furnace, roof, windows etc. so that we have lower maintenance, especially since hubby is now retired. My next goal is to purge the basement...
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Joy.

  15. Looks great! So much work to do, but it looks wonderful! Now you can just enjoy your yard! Have a great week!

  16. Such good harvest! Hard work does pay.

  17. You've been a busy girl. It's great to get things accomplished. I'm sure you'll be pleased with the newer lower maintenance yard. Now you can focus on other things. I'm sure you'll spend so time in the garden. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed my visit!

  18. First of all, this look wonderful! I am so impressed with everything you have accomplished! Second, the tree in the top photo with the fluffy branches...what is it? I love it and it would be perfect in my side-yard garden.

  19. Wow Joy, you really have accomplished a lot! The gravel area looks gorgeous. We have been so busy cutting back perennials. It's a job and I'm sure in ten or so years we will have to make our maintenance more minimal, or move. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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