Comment below [or on our 3/15 Facebook post] with your guess of what this photo is a close-up image of. A winner will be randomly chosen and given a $25 Gift Certificate. Good Luck!
Once again, we were extremely impressed with the creative ideas, hard work and transformed yards/homes demonstrated in the entries for this contest. It is amazing what can be done with a little inspiration and a lot of sweat! The judges were truly torn [there was a four-way tie in scoring!] and had a difficult time agreeing on the second and third place winners. But [drum roll please], the winners are…
When our home was destroyed by an explosion from the next street, we turned it over to the fire department for training, and then burned it down.. We had a new home built on the same spot.
A young man was passing through our side-yard, stopping briefly to take a photo of our neighbor’s truck. He stepped backwards into the yard to frame and capture the shot, then swiveled around to take in the scene. “Hey there!” we called from down the hill, where we sat on the patio. The young man looked to us, and with an air of bewilderment asked, “What is this place?”
The project was renovating the front steps and porch…
A few months ago we bought an old farm house in Hartford. On our property there are two streams that connect to become one with a small island between them–but we had no view of it.
This started out as an old post and beam frame that was utilized by a post and beam company as their display for home shows, etc. It eventually succumbed to the sun’s rays and turned all silver– thusly no longer attractive to potential home builders. I had it brought to my lot and decided to turn it into garden shed with lots personalized touches, such as the copper in the gable peak, the star, and the gargoyle head beneath the eyebrow.
Ever since buying this wonderful house on Grant Street with my wife, I’ve wanted to replace the dirt path that bisects the front garden from the driveway to the front walk with a brick path. I had no previous experience with laying a brick walk, though I did once carefully observe city workers as they put down a brick sidewalk. I also watched a lot of online how-to videos. Supplies needed were minimal but important: Pack (crushed rock and stone dust mixture—took a lot more than you’d think), paver sand, plastic edging strips, long-handle tamper, canvas work gloves (critical for handling bricks), wheel barrow, spade, and improvised levels from pine boards.
I’ve always wanted to build an outdoor kitchen and now that I’m retired I had the time to tackle the project. I designed and built it all myself only having help spreading the cement slab, hooking up the 100 amp electrical panel and painting the ceiling.
Just one year ago we closed on this property — with a backyard filled with cement pavers, drastically unleveled by time, tree stumps and ferocious city weeds. I was determined to have a vegetable garden in our little 1,200 square foot plot, especially after enrolling in UMaines Master Gardener Program in York County that ran from January to June.