If you happen to have a couple of hours to spare, you can easily create your own raised gardening bed. Raised beds should not generallybe any wider that four feet, with a minimum of a two
foot walkway in-between them. Common lengths are 4', 6', 8', 10', 12', and 16'. I based the steps below on a normal yard with semi- flat ground utilizing one simple 48 SF raised bed.
As I chose a 48 SF bed which was 12' long, I needed 3 – 2×12's @ 12' long (pressure treated), a 1x4x12 (pressure treated) for staking the box to the ground & 1 pound of 2 ½" deck screws. If you have an issue with gophers or other digging vermin, you may consider buying some chicken wire that can be placed at the very bottom of the assembly. Depending on the land & garden soil available you may need to buy some soil or compost (up to 36 Cubic Feet to achieve 9" of suitable planting material in the planter.)
Cut one of the 2×12's and the 1×4 into 3 – 4' segments – next cut the 1×4 section in half at a 45 degree angle – you may wish to make one additional cut to make a cut that looks like this ( > ). This will make it easier to pound it straight into the ground.
2 of the cut 2×12 sections are for the ends and the remaining one is for the center – keeping the pieces flush with each other, use three deck screws at each connection point. The 6 stakes, should be pounded into the ground at the 4 outside corners and on each side of the center support.
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Commented on Mar 17, 2013
Love raised beds for gardening! Makes life so much easier :)
The standard pantries in the house we bought last year were almost unusable. Long deep shelves and only 3-4 of them in a large closet sized area. Thank heavens they had doors. I designed
the shelves, my husband cut them out of MDF boards, I painted them with several coats of paint, and he installed them with aluminum channel. The channel allowed use of the shelf all the way to the back of the space. I counted and measured all the things in my food pantry to make the plan for how many shelves, how wide, tall and deep they needed to be. See the beginning and end result. It's so nice to be able to find things now. It turned out so nice, we did the 2nd pantry where I keep dishes, plastics, and mixed items for the kitchen!
Here's a dilemma: We're going to be selling our home (moving to new location) and I need some advice on what to do with my master bath to maximize sales appeal in this tough market
(without putting more into it than I'll get out!). The bath is very large, with a separate shower and jetted tub. Tile is all the white 4" tile. We're going to replace the countertops with Caesarstone or granite, as well as all the knobs, faucets, etc. The shower is glass trimmed with that brass, which of course makes it look a bit dated. If we were staying, we'd do a complete remodel and redo all the tile. Putting it on the market, I'm wondering if changing countertops and hardware would do the trick? What do you think?
Commented on Jul 24, 2012
Well, we ended up just painting, changing out the hardware and calling it a day on the master
bath. Looks great, but would have loved to have done more. Turns out that to replace the faucets on the jacuzzi would have required taking off the tile, which we didn't want to get into. We came up with a nice combo that melds the brass with the rubbed oil bronze nicely. Looks very spa like, and initial showings have been very positive. Wish us luck finding a buyer!
Elaine - hope your sister finally had luck selling her home!
Total project was about $60.00. ($17.00 for the Primer, $20.00 for the Countertop Coating and $20.00 for the Polycrylic). I already owned the paint, but that was about $15.00 worth. I know they sell kits for this kindof thing (made by Gianni or Rustoleum), but I wanted to go with a different paint scheme. I got the original idea from a blog (creative Kristi's) Total process took about 3 days
Teri - smart planning on your part to wait until DH was gone :) Hope you enjoy your project -
it looks lovely. To Beverly H: Gosh, I'd think two or three times before painting Corian. It's a solid surface product, so just about anything stain wise/scratch wise can be dealt with easily. Is it a horrible color or are you just wanting that granite look?
When we finished the house, the client wanted to build a guest room, billiard room, office, kitchen, & family room in the space. It was so much fun because I got to design rock, trim, kitchen, colors, & furniture.
Commented on Jul 15, 2012
Really wonderful job! What fun to turn a drab old basement into a fabulous room for
entertaining. Love the stacked stone fireplace, and all the built ins will be terrific, too. Well done, as usual!