I would say this was a makeover but that wouldn't do this project justice!
Here in New England, we don't condemn homes, we call them historic. When we stumbled upon
this house we knew it would be a rescue mission. With no plumbing, heat and very little outdated electricity, it was suitable for the bees and squirrels, but not for humans. After almost six years of living in a construction site, our hard work is done! The decorating may never end, but the construction has!
Commented on Jun 23, 2012
There is genious in this house. From the drift wood hand rails on the stairs, to the light
fixtures inside and out, to the color palate! I want to move in!
I collected plastic pots of different shapes and sizes, cut the bottoms off, slit them up one side and taped the slit back together. filled them with concrete and then removed the pot by
removing the tape after they dried 24 hours. They are still a bit damp so you can do "wet carving" on them to make your forms more rounded or smoothe. I used rebar again as I had with the Polatems in my earlier post, or you could use conduit, and make them into lanterns. Be sure to put a hole in the middle of each piece so you can fit them over the rebar/conduit. The circular pieces I made by just rolling in my hands...other pieces can also be made such as a finial for the top, which I have yet to make and put on the top.
As mentioned on a previous post, our back yard was trashed when he bought the house. What in the world can I plant in these tight areas? We're painting the walls and I have the great
Asian panels in the picture below (enough to cover the entire back wall), but I'm horrible at plants and what to use in planting areas that range from 1' - 18" wide, in horribly hard dirt, for plants that will not damage the pool decking or root deeply enough to seek out water from the pool. Keep in mind we are in the desert in Las Vegas with regular 110 degree Summer days and need something that won't make a mess in the pool. Something narrow and tall would be great for privacy from the 2-story house behind us that overlooks our yard. Bamboo would be a difficult option uinless we build curved planters and line them because of its running roots and potential pool damage. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Commented on Jun 14, 2012
Most of the plants that people are suggesting like hosta, liriope, etc will burn up in the
desert. Go to your local Home Depot or other garden center and ask about the toughest desert plants you can buy. withall the cement reflecting heat and little planting space, keep to tough, easy to maintain,clean plants near a pool.
What kind of plant is this? It grows where alot of yuccas grow(hot and dry). I dug it up a month ago and planted it in my flower bed. It has a thick stalk like garlic and it isn't a bulb, it has roots. Thought it is pretty.
Commented on Jun 12, 2012
I have planted a whole bed of it here in Arizona. Grows great! We call it Ruellia.