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Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:06 pm
by melissakd
1880 Stick Victorian wrote:We haven't really spent time arranging anything in order, in fact most pictures are hung on hooks left by the previous owner.
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Being a stickler for doing it the right way i can only guess at what to do.


You are just like me.

1880 Stick Victorian wrote:The biggest gratification comes from the neighbors and drive bys who have seen the work progress...and the result has been neighbors who are now taking more pride in their victorian homes...amazing how that works..


That's the kind of thing that helps to make it all worthwhile.

1880 Stick Victorian wrote: The property is just under an acre and doing the landscaping and flower gardens has reduced the lawn mowing from 2.5 hours to a little over an hour.....


Win-win! I like the gravel walks and am amazed by the sheer quantity of rocks and am happy to see some of my dear Victorian garden friends among the plantings and best of all I like how you have one view of the house with the lawn and the other with the gardens. Oh, and I forgot to mention the bench.

:) MelissaKD

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:21 pm
by oldhouseluvr
Your home is beautiful! It must be rewarding to know that your hard work is an inspiration to your neighbors and the community. I don't recall seeing interior pics before, so thanks for sharing (or sharing again if I missed them in the past!) :)

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:40 pm
by PowerMuffin
Dang! The gardens are just fabulous! I love your paint choices and all the details of the trimwork. It is nice to see a town highlight the work homeowners have done on their homes. Congratulations on work well done. I hope you will keep us updated as you finish rooms. Love it.
Diane

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:06 am
by 1880 Stick Victorian
this picture was taken back beginning of June 2008, we had been in the house a couple of weeks...we had brought the bench with us from Washington state...its in the same spot today, the yard has just changed a little... we try to take before and after pictures as anyone who hadn't seen the house before might not realize all that has been done to it and also where we started from... The crushed gravel we bought but all of the rocks in the yard are from a local farmers field that he had piled up along the edge of his field...i helped jerry pick up the larger rocks but the smaller ones he picked up and hauled himself... we chose the field rock as the foundation is mostly field stone... using anything newer like concrete cottage stone could have broken the bank and would have given it too much of a "newer" feel if you know what i mean.

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Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:04 am
by Alexander
Very beautiful, How long have you been working on the grounds they are stunning. Clocks and lamps have been a passion for me for years, at one time I had 20 clocks running but eventually the chiming and ticking drove me crazy and now most are silent. I understand what you mean I put furniture in place and hung pictures on existing nails and plan to " do better" when I finish each room. All the work removing all that exterior paint - I am tired just looking at your photos. I envy you the grounds, I am on a town lot 50 wide by 200 back so I need to be careful with plantings that take over.
Your colors are beautiful, are they original or have you developed the colorway yourself? They are so soft and fitting for the gardening setting.

Enjoy fall in NY it will soon be quite beautiful.

Alexander

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:54 am
by triguy128
1880 Stick Victorian wrote:The biggest gratification comes from the neighbors and drive bys who have seen the work progress...and the result has been neighbors who are now taking more pride in their victorian homes...amazing how that works..


We noticed this at our last house. We put some real work into landdscaping, painting trim and fixing up the property and it seemd like within a short time most of the landscaping was looking better on our street. We plan on doing the same at our new house. I think in 2-3 years we'lll have it up to our standards.

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:03 pm
by 1880 Stick Victorian
I've lent a hand to a few older neighbors and one younger who doesn't have access to a truck or needs help limbing a tree or raking leaves...makes all of our houses look better... we have a vacant house to the rear of our property... the neighbor on the other side of this house keeps the lawn mowed.... and i keep the gardens weed free and trash from collecting around the house... to drive by, you would think that someone does live there...

I didn't hire a specialist for house colors...or consult anyone other than paint chips. The house originally was a dark olive green with barn red trim,but only once.... when it was time to repaint it became yellow and white. because so much of the detail of the house is hidden under several layers of paint and because different elements on the house are all one color, the house looked blah until you got up close.. it took us about two weeks to decide on trim colors...we knew what we wanted to stand out... I've also painted the rafter tails three different colors because you might find a color you like but under the eaves, everything changes... we have a rule with the house... if its not agreed on by both then it doesn't happen..

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:01 pm
by S Melissa
What a great article Scott! And thanks for posting the FB pictures too - your gardens are terrific - and the perspective from the street and various aspects of the yard of the house is wonderful. It really shows how much time and effort you two put into your home and yard, and no doubt you're inspiring the neighbors to do the same! Lovely - just lovely!

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:23 pm
by Kansas. 1911.
Inside, outside, and gardening--you've been busy. You are very detail oriented and you have good taste. Your village appreciates the changes, and even though we're not neighbors in the real sense, we appreciate seeing the changes too. Thanks for sharing.

I laughed quietly when I saw your reference to having less lawn to maintain, now that there are more plantings. Here in Kansas, I just think of all that watering that must be done. I know you guys get the rain, tho.

Re: we made the paper...

PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:51 am
by 1880 Stick Victorian
Kansas. 1911. wrote:...I laughed quietly when I saw your reference to having less lawn to maintain, now that there are more plantings. Here in Kansas, I just think of all that watering that must be done. I know you guys get the rain, tho.


those gardens are a sore spot...i like lawn and minimal gardens...he likes minimal lawn and more garden beds... we have had some pretty hot conversations on where a new bed is going or i see a bed getting larger and larger. I just got this summer's water bill.....426.00. :shock: the bill is usually way under $200. we have seen the last of the garden expansion for a long time :) In the end...the budget wins