Tag Archives: Kerb Appeal

Walkway re-do

12 May

A few years ago, I asked my friends in Boston for what turned out to be a very labor-intensive birthday present — I wanted to take-up the old asphalt walkway at the house in Boston and replace it with tumbled brick.

I was pretty naive about what this would entail. I can literally say it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the fact that it was June and hot and humid didn’t make it any easier. 

The entrance to the house is on the side so really wanted the walkway to make an impression and complement the house.  The asphalt had a bad slope, lots of bumpy bits from tree roots and also came in too close to the house so you had to step off the walkway in the summer when the AC units were in windows.

The final result was beautiful but there was jack-hammering, tree root decimation, tile cutting, brick-laying and moving a lot of heavy material first from the site and then back on with the new brick.  To John Mc, Normie, Ben and Steve, I am forever grateful.  Thanks Ruthie, Toni and Lauren for the treats and moral support. 

Another ranch renovation

6 May

This one is a bit more straight-forward looking renovation than the first ranch re-do I posted but I think they managed to vastly improve the curb appeal of this split ranch.  I like the quote from the architect that there’s “hope for every house.” I agree. .

Inspirational House Numbers

17 Apr


I’ve been  holding out for some good house numbers for Tilly’s Cottage.  I bought all the door hardware already — just waiting until the time is right to re-paint the front door after all the work is done to use it.  But I couldn’t find any house numbers that I really liked so I’ve been holding out until I find something that catches my eye.  In the meantime, I thought these were fun and inspirational ways to present the number of your house to the world…  The ceramic one below if topping my list at the moment.  From Lucienne de Mauny  http://www.luciennedemauny.co.uk/