Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello Stoneywood!

Hi friends!

Thank you for sharing in our joy for the new house! We've been here for three weeks and we are just loving it. We already feel like this is our home.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, this house is move in ready... but there are many, many projects we want to complete to make this home "ours."

I can't wait to show you around. I thought I would start off by showing you around the front and backyard. We are loving the green space especially since we had been living in the townhouse for the last five years. 

We were instantly drawn to the curb appeal of the home. I have a weakness for colonials.

This photo was taken on the day we bought the house. The yard is really shaded, so it's hard to get much to grow up front. You can see the grass is pretty much patchy and is being taken over by clover. We also weren't in love with the giant pine straw bed in front of the door. It didn't feel very welcoming.

The second weekend we were there, Hubs' parents (they are THE best) came over to help us with the yard.

Here's the yard at the beginning of the weekend. Notice that little tree that is covering up the house? Again, not very welcoming.

And here is an "in progress" photo. We had aerated the yard, planted grass seed, pulled weeds, cleaned up the pine beds, cut down that little tree, and pruned and pruned and pruned.

We pulled the pine straw away from the front door and reworked that bed. We planted grass there as well. We are hoping it will fill in pretty soon. For now, it looks pretty shabby. But it's a vast improvement from where we were.

 I'll keep you updated on the grass. In the meantime, imagine Hubs out watering and talking to the little blades shooting up every.single.night. It's cute, really.

The backyard is a completely different story. 

When we went to look at the house (prior to purchasing it) this is how the backyard looked.


Those were taken in early March. 

Now, fast forward to today.... 


Y'all, it's a jungle. I can't believe how quickly everything grew. 

We love the space (almost a 1/2 acre). We love that no one can ever build behind us (protected land). And we do love that little creek.  It is so beautiful back there and we have seen so much wildlife running around. It's like being in the country.

What we don't love is all of the poison ivy (and high probability of snakes). I can't even think about going down there because I am highly allergic. 

Hubs and I have big plans for our backyard (fireplace, seating area, future play area for our FUTURE children). This will all be done in phases of course. We just need to kill all of the poison ivy first. And unfortunately these phases will not be cheap, so this will have to wait for a bit. In the meantime, I'm enjoying watching the firefly show out there every night. It is so very peaceful.

I can't wait to show you the inside! I'll try and highlight a couple of rooms soon. Hope you guys are having a great week. Talk soon, friends.

1 comment:

Sarah Cook said...

Do you follow the Young House Love blog? They're national DIY home people. Your houses are very similar!