Well, folks, we survived Hurricane Irma! Thank God! (And I’m not saying that jokingly at all – there were many who did not. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families of those who were lost!)
We took an almost-direct hit from the storm – the worst Central Florida has seen since 2004. It packed quite a punch. I won’t lie, as I was sitting against a barricaded window in the twins’ room while they slept and the storm roared outside, for a minute or two, I started to panic. But we were very very blessed. The worst we had to deal with was our power being out for 4 days. (And can I just say that I do NOT recommend camping with 1-year-old twins?! MERCY!)
Anyhoo, trying to get back to normal over here. One of the negative effects of the storm has been a LOT of standing water on our property. We live on just over an acre, and about 25% of it is under water right now, so that’s a little bit of a concern for us. The hubby and I were outside brainstorming the other day, trying to think of something that could help with the water. I stand by my idea that creating a “dry creek bed” element in the backyard would help to funnel some of the water out, and LOOK pretty neat, too! Something like this…
HE thinks that will probably mean a lot of work for him…so he’s hesitant. (He’s probably right.)
So when Zachary Whatule sent me over a post chock full of backyard renovation ideas, I really got to dreamin’! You’ve got to see what he suggested!
The backyard to any home can hold a lot of potential. Maybe you would like yours to be an oasis of relaxation, or maybe you like to entertain a crowd. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to turn a plain backyard into something wonderful.
Check out these renovation ideas for a little inspiration!
Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!
1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor!
Well, how did your first month of the new year go? I can’t hardly believe January is over! Ours was…different…than we had planned, but that’s for another post sometime in February. Let’s take a quick peek at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the past month!
1. Celebrating Loved Ones All Year Around! – It’s still a good time to be thinking about flowers, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but remember that any time of the year is a good time to celebrate your loved ones!
If y’all don’t know by now that I like dreaming about renovations…then you haven’t been paying much attention around the blog! Especially this time of the year.
January is when the hubby and I start to talk about the things we’d like to do in the house in the upcoming year. So far, we’ve thrown out the following ideas: replacing a few windows, enclosing our back patio, adding a fireplace, and a few other small-ticket items.
So when Matt from Northshore Fireplace contacted me to see if I was interested in publishing an infographic on renovation ROI, well, YES, I wanted to see it! AND, since it’s full of brand new information for the new year, that was even better!
First of all, in case you’re wondering what ROI stands for…ROI = Return On Investment. Better? Okay, let’s see where our renovations could MOST pay off!
I was standing in my kitchen the other day formulating an idea when my husband walked in.
Jerrod: Oh no. I know that face. What are you thinking about?
Me: This wall…
Jerrod: Oh dear Lord!
Me: What if we pushed this wall out to the edge of the porch? It would expand the kitchen and I could have a bay window and we could have a little breakfast nook!
Jerrod: I knew it was bad this time…
Me: Ooo! We might as well push out the dining room wall on the other side to match! Then THAT would be bigger, and I could have ANOTHER bay window, and then the front porch proportions would FINALLY match!!!
Jerrod: NO. No no no no no. Did I mention…NO!
Me: Well, I just figured, since we’re painting –
Jerrod: Since we’re PAINTING, you decided to do a MAJOR RENOVATION?! How do you move from painting to blowing out walls?!
Good question. I really have no idea how I do that…my brain just goes there!
Owning a home really is the American dream, and if you’re lucky to have a place to call your own, you’re probably pretty happy with it, like me. However, there are surely days when you wish your house had a little something extra. Right?! (Come on, help a girl out! My husband is READING this!)