|fireplace wall, Sept. 24, 2010|
|sunroom, Sept 24|
|master bath sink along corridor, Sept 24|
|master sink area storage drawers, faced with reclaimed paneling|
|master bedroom, south wall|
|master bedroom, shelf detail, south wall|
|kitchen Sept 24, looking east|
|built in refrigerator installation|
|kitchen, west side, old maid's room|
|dining room, Sept 24|
And now for the outside...
|european hornbeam going in: new back hedge|
|our landscape architect drawing the lawn|
We hired Mariani Landscape to do the design and installation of the garden front and back, and love what they have come up with. I hope, ahem, to be able to maintain it, but it is a lot more yard than I have ever tackled before, and this is without my neighbor taking care of me and mowing our grass when it got too tall.
First chunk of work: new hedge at the back edge of the property, replacing some invasive species that were planted right underneath the powerlines, so they were regularly pruned by ComEd to about 10 feet. We planted European Hornbeams just in front of the powerlines so they can grow as tall as they can, which will be, well, tall. The soil is pretty remarkable on this part of the Lake, so we don't have to do much amending. The hornbeams pretty much blew our phase 1 budget. We are putting down sod for the rear lawn and then mulching the whole site. No plants this fall. It will all be covered in snow soon anyway!
More soon: paint colors, original lighting re-install, and other crazy progress.