This post was originally published January 1, 2008. During the busy holiday time we thought a trip back in the time machine mirror would give newer readers a chance to catch older posts they might have missed. Television refers to this as reruns. We prefer to think of it as recycling. Enjoy. (As always, the photos are clickable to enlarge). ~~~
We are remodeling maniacs. As soon as one project is completed a new one is being contemplated. This is the story of the stone facade for the addition joining the house to the garage. The space was measured and the amount of stone needed was calculated, perhaps erring on the side of too much is better than too little. A trip to the stone quarry showed this lovely Tennessee mountain rock. It was ordered, paid for and delivered. Yea! Hmmmm. This is not what the vision held as to the placement of the lovely material while waiting for the masons to begin their work. Someone will have to move the eight tons to a place out of the middle of the street. A car was parked behind the pile to prevent something bad from occurring. In truth a trip to the doctor resulted from the wheelbarrowing done.Work has begun. It is looking so good. Love it, love it, love it.The addition is covered and there is a lot of rock left over. How about a nice raised bed? What you don’t see in this photo is three more piles of stone much larger that this one. But there seems to be quite a bit of debris inside the bed area. Someone is going to have to remove that, add nice soil, tamp and rake. We are up to the task but will take it slowly. Do not put too much in a wheelbarrow at one time even if there is room for more. Injury can result. This looks good. It was decided to turn the stone on its side to go around the garage door and the foundation of the house. But we are not using up very much from the large piles blocking one garage bay.Who cares about the car that is blocked inside the garage? Look at this great space to plant!At the back corner is a chamaecyparis ‘Boulevard’ with a mature size of eight feet tall by two feet wide. Four juniperis squamata ‘Blue Star’s outline the front edge. In the fall many bulbs, daffodils, tulips and asiatic lilies are added.