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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Megan and Kevin’s Old Fashioned Red Barn

Megan and Kevin’s Old Fashioned Red Barn

Megan and Kevin bought their home because of its good bones and great location on a decent size Del Ray lot. But one thing they didn’t like was the home’s age and style. Surrounded by stately farmhouses from the early 1900s, the 1984 colonial with a boxy brick exterior looked out of place. Both DIY enthusiast and fans of older homes, Megan and Kevin decided that in addition to making substantial interior design updates, they would also make some major external changes so the house would look more like its neighbors. First up, the shed in the backyard. Megan sent me these before photos of the shed in all its ’80s glory. And another photo of the shed in the early stages of renovation. Megan and Kevin wanted to transform the shed to look like an old fashioned red barn. They also needed to address the poor condition of the roof and rotten wood throughout the structure. Off came the aluminum windows… And in their place, Kevin retrofitted old...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 | 2 comments

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space

When Tim and Dawn bought their Rosemont home in April, they decided they wanted to wait until they settled in before making any changes to the inside of their house. But there was one thing they wanted to change immediately — the outside. The house had been a rental for the past 10 years and not much attention had been given to the curb appeal. They wanted their corner lot to look as nice as the other houses on their street and add outdoor living space for their family of five. Here’s what the house looked like when they bought it (from Google Earth street view). The entire lot had a chain link fence and the yard was full of overgrown and partially dead bushes and trees. Their plan was to rip out the fence and shrubs, re-landscape and create an outdoor living area in the backyard with a deck, paver patio and fire pit. Originally, they wanted to hire out the work, but when the quote from the...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 | 2 comments

Summer Color in a Small-Space Garden

Summer Color in a Small-Space Garden

As many already know, you don’t need a large garden to enjoy bright summer colors. My backyard is about 16 feet wide by 16 feet deep, most of that space taken up by a deck, but we pack in the color as best we can. For reference, here’s an aerial shot from early last spring to see the size of our planting space. This year we planted a mix of perennials and annuals — alstroemeria, zinnia, daisies and daylillies. So far the alstroemeria is a standout. The leaves are thick and the petals may look delicate but they are strong. We’re the lucky benefactors of the vibrant purple clematis my neighbor grows every year — it cascades down our side of the fence. It’s so lush that one year a bird found a place inside to built a nest and lay eggs. It blooms all summer long. In addition to the flowers, we’re also growing hot peppers and herbs (in the garden and in containers). And at my children’s...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Monique’s Home and Woodsy Garden Retreat Part 2

Monique’s Home and Woodsy Garden Retreat Part 2

In the early weeks of the summer, I toured Monique’s inviting woodsy backyard retreat. I promised to return at the peak of the growing season, and this time, also take a tour inside Monique’s lovely home. When she welcomed me back the other day to see her landscaping at its most lush, I noticed how different the entrance looked with the waist-high grass lining the walkway. Here is her pergola covered in vines and newly budding flowers earlier in the summer. And now look at the leafy pergola piled high with shade-bearing leaves. It feels several degrees cooler on her porch, no kidding. Where there were slate rocks under and around the rain barrel,  the barrel and the shed are now surrounded with hostas and ground cover.  A private woodsy retreat Monique’s backyard truly is, with the trees providing a canopy of leaves overhead and perennials standing tall. Remember her stone turtle on the patio? He’s perched elsewhere now atop some of the many stones Monique collects from the Southwest...

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s Outdoor Living Room

Del Ray’s Outdoor Living Room

After posting yesterday about my outdoor living space, we thought today we’d share a few more of our favorite porches, decks, patios and pergolas in the Del Ray area. It’s sunny, it’s warm, it’s time to head outside… Do you have an outdoor feature or living space you’d like to share? Contact us at info[at]diydelray.com. We’d love to hear more about...

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