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07:30 am: Home improvement
I finally moved into the new house last week. The best part about the property is the back yard, which is large by California standards. I already have a lot of plans for the space, though most of it will have to wait for other projects to be finished first. There is also a worn but still functional deck that will be a nice place for entertaining once everything is tidied up.

The inside is a decent size, though it will also require a lot of work. The first thing on the list is refinishing the wood floors. While that's being done, all of my possessions remain in boxes stacked in the carpeted guest room. The kitchen also needs a lot of work. I already purchased a new gas range with a convection oven, which was delivered on Saturday. Eventually I'll have the whole thing gutted and remodeled for more cabinets and counter space, but that will have to wait until my savings account recovers.

My weekend was spent in the front yard, removing all of the turf grass. It took two days of shoveling, but we finally finished. Now I can start on the landscaping. The first step was to plant fruits, perennial flowers, and decorative grasses. In addition to the ones in the picture, I ordered a loquat tree for the big space on the left side. Next, my dad is constructing an arbor to go over the sidewalk entrance with latticed sides for passion fruit vines. When I get a chance, I'm going to thin out some of the extra plants from the foundation beds and tidy up its appearance.

My dad built a large compost bin in the back yard for me, so I'll have a place to put all the yard waste. I've asked a city arborist to come inspect the large, mutilated maple tree in the rear corner so that I can get a permit to replace it with better trees, but that will take a few weeks. There is certainly enough to keep us busy.

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From:mangaroo
Date:July 7th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
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You guys have been busy. I'm tired just reading the post.

the back yard, which is large by California standards

Very! I think people who grew up in the 'burbs in other states are shocked when they come out here and see the postage-stamp yards. I know I was.

So, the landscaping closest to the front of the house -- those bushes in full bloom -- they were already there?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 7th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
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So, the landscaping closest to the front of the house -- those bushes in full bloom -- they were already there?

Yes, all the plants in the foundation beds came with the house. Most of them don't fit my color scheme, so a lot of them are going to be tossed.

I can't bring myself to get rid of the yellow roses, though. They smell too good.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 8th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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Hydrangeas! I prefer the lacecaps myself. I love that you've torn out the grass. That's a lot of work!
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 8th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
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What's your color scheme? I can't seem to settle on one.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 8th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
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What's your color scheme?

White → pink → red → burgundy.

The house itself is a light cream color, and the roof is a mixture of white and red, so I figure it should go well enough.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:July 7th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Yay! I was hoping there would be house pictures soon. Such a cute California-style house (I always liked them). Out of curiosity, how many square feet is it?

I am SO looking forward to pictures of progress in the garden. I still have vain hopes that life may turn me into a gardener someday. (This house is really very nicely set up for gardening, if only I would take the time to do it.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 7th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Out of curiosity, how many square feet is it?

The house is about 1200 square feet, the property is 5500.
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From:collarnojutsu
Date:July 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with all the repairs, though it's very rewarding to make a place the way you want it! I'm impressed by your landscaping already... probably another reason I'll never own a house. Have fun!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 7th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Yay, I'm so excited for you and your house! I love seeing the progress, so please keep us updated as the work progresses.

How long will your parents be there?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 8th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
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How long will your parents be there?

They haven't decided for certain, though they have to visit my brother in D.C. in October. It's possible they may stay to water my plants while I'm in Japan...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 8th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Aww, it's so awesome of them to stay and help out for so long! Tell them I said hi. :)
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From:gnine
Date:July 8th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
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Wow, sounds like it's coming along nicely! You guys have been busy!

Bet your plants are happy that they finally get a garden ^_-
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From:kirbyfest
Date:July 10th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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