|The dreaded ivy vine is toast! Home Renovation starts|
Our Garden State country house is presently undergoing a home renovation.
And while this is not the "Garden Glamour" look you may be accustomed to here--not so pretty, I am going to share the process -- uglies and all.
As everyone who's lived through the experience of a home renovation knows, it's a roller coaster of a ride.
I'll refrain from too much commentary and focus on images, plans for the home design, and garden design, including my plans for a green, "designed" driveway.
I'll share the shopping frustrations, selection of kitchen and dining and bathroom fixtures and design.
The selection of marble for the kitchen counter and island is a comedy of errors unto itself.
Fingers crossed. Hope and dreams are still floating...
|Before/Old entrance. Conifer was moved to garden client|
The problem here is obvious looks-wise.
The other problems included having guests walk up the driveway to the twisty-turney steps.
Decorative pots and plants were baked in the southwest exposure.
Too much paving in the driveway.
Good news: the front lawn is accessorized with a spectacular Kwanzan cherry tree. Sakura blossoms abound in the spring! pink snow!
I will preserve that magnificent work of art.
We will thin out in the spring in deference to our neighbors -- and the tree.
The arbor I designed with a tunnel of coral bark maple, Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku,' sided by the cultivar Lady in Red Hydrangeas, hydrangea macrophylla and Knock Out Rose, http://www.knockoutroses.com/ and fronted with deciduous red twigged dogwoods, cornus alba 'Elegantissima.' The coral bark leaves are bright light green in spring, golden in fall which blends so elegantly with the deep purple foliage of the hydragea leaves.
All the red bark looks brilliant contrasting with the white snow-- like rubies glistening against ermine.
|wheel barrow now fronts the arbor...|
I don't think most homeowners think of an easy, dedicated, designed way to access the yard.
"Design" is usually the contractor's foundation plants and lawn...
I wanted a transition. A sense of moving from one place -- the street -- into another world.
|view of marina below us and NYC skyline beyond|
|Gotham's skyline twinkles at night like a tennis bracelet|
And here are a few images of the start of construction:
|Coral Bark, rose, hydrangea arbor in anticipation, with screen safeguarding plants. For the first phase!|
|before front, Kwanzan keeping watch over masons installing new porch|
Front walk will be slate and brick. Access from driveway will be lower, closer to front/street area with 2-3 step elevation. Walkway will divide in front of Kwanzan with one side leading over to a new herb garden fronting the new dining room.
|The shower mirror looking back on it's former home|
|outdoor shower not so spa-like anymore|
|Garden ornaments in temporary digs patiently survey the chaos|
|added covered porch off dining room, facing view. This is where the Japanese soaking tub and massage and yoga will be (besides just sitting). Miles of Sunbrella fabric will sumptiously drape the garden room|
|relocated conifers from front garden beds seem to have survived their move|
|The roses too, seem happy enough bedding down for the winter in the farm|
|Flirting with their new neighbors the rose, the pepper plants are still pushing out little gems|
|And I had the outdoor "comfort facility placed in a garden-like setting :)|
|First framing of conservatory dining room|
The old roof shingles were removed yesterday, with more than a few floating down in the wind like papery birds of prey.