Category Archives: Renovation

Replacing the Ruined Dock

The dock at the end of my back yard on Valley Lake was a ruin. Too far gone for renovation, replacement was the only option. I wasn’t going to do it this year (see Priorities, Regrets and Successes), but finally … Continue reading

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Renovation and Renewal – Prioritizing, Regrets and Successes

When I applied for a home equity line of credit back in February, I had certain things in mind that I wanted to do with the money. Unfortunately, due to falling property values in my area, I couldn’t get as … Continue reading

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Renovating a Weed-Choked Garden Bed

One of my first planned projects for my “year of renewal and renovation” was to clean up a small island bed that sits between the two halves of my driveway, out at the street end, that was almost buried in … Continue reading

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Why I Cut Down the Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn sumac – botanical name rhus typhina – is an interesting structural element in the garden most of the year, and utterly spectacular in the fall. This picture shows that the staghorn is – at least, mine was – a … Continue reading

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House Painting, Before and After

My daughter Angel, whom I unofficially adopted when she was 13, was for many years a house painter, so naturally if I was going to pay someone something to paint my house, she was the one I wanted to pay. … Continue reading

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