Category Archives: one room challenge

one room challenge: week 2

Lots of exciting stuff happening over here! We broke ground on the deck and things are looking like a HOT mess.

deck 5We’ve poured the footings (see all of the fancy new terms I’m learning!) and we have a general idea of how big the deck is going to be – it is so cool to walk it and really see how much space we’ll have to work with! Also, you’ll notice that Grace is in EVERY single one of these photos – she is OBSESSED with the construction zone. So much so that Chris installed temporary fencing last night to keep her out of the debris. So. much. debris.

So our dining table (similar to this) is apparently huge and is going to take up most of the deck. That’s ok! My one requirement was seating for fourteen. And I’m gonna get it!

I spent some time drawing it all up tonight (Chris thought I was still working and peeked onto my computer and saw me playing in Paint and I think he laughed so hard he cried). Anyway – please don’t laugh at my ridiculous mock-ups. Seriously – they are ridiculous.
This is how big the deck will be (please note Grace):Deck2
The doors to the basement will have a raised door over them – we won’t be losing that.

Here’s the view from the door from the kitchen – we’re removing the bush that’s there, adding a firepit, and getting rid of the stump.Deck3
And then along the fence, I’m doing a curved bed of hydrangeas. We’ll have six, maybe seven in all, but I couldn’t fit that many on my drawing.Hydrangeas
I’m especially proud of my detail work on those hydrangeas. Although it does really look like the hydrangeas are eating Grace.

So that’s where we are – a big pile of dirt and nine footings!

Tomorrow morning, we’ll be framing her out. I’m so excited!

Thanks for checking in. xo


To learn more about the One Room Challenge, click here.

One Room Challenge: Week 1

So I’m taking part in the One Room Challenge as a Guest Participator!


Calling It Home hosts the One Room Challenge once in the Spring and then again in the Fall. Bloggers redo one room in their house over the course of six weeks and share their progress every Wednesday. There are lots of fancy designers taking part in the official challenge, but I’m just following along as a guest. And I hope you’ll follow along too!

The room I’ve chosen to redo in the One Room Challenge is our backyard! Not really a room, but hey – we’re gonna make it one!

As you know, we’ve had a lot of challenge with this space since we moved in:


When it is not covered in leaves, it is covered in dirt. So it has been aptly renamed “The Dirt Pit.”

Back in January, I wrote about our plans to do a patio. We thought that once we removed the tree, we could get all of the roots and do a nice big patio off of the left side of our kitchen. But the roots were more than we bargained for, and the patio we would have ended up getting – based on what we could afford – wasn’t any great shakes.

So with the help of our contractor, we decided to do a deck. I’ve never really been a part of any deck building – everyone we talk to has either a) built a deck, b) hates decks or c) is from Florida and is confused about decks in general. We fall into camp C.

We’ve had about three months to think about how we’d like to build the deck, how we want to spend time in the backyard, and well, how we’re going to get it done in six weeks!

Here are a few inspiration photos that I’ve been pulling along the way, to give you an idea of what I’m envisioning: Image 2

Image 1Image 3Image 5

I really like natural, muted colors and lots of greenery. The more potted plants the better! The photo in the last image – upper left – is from It’s Complicated. One of the best little patio/outdoor situations I ever did see.

Of course, we’re all going toward this major goal of my favorite backyard in the history of backyards:

braverman backyard

The Braverman backyard from Parenthood.

We’ve got a long way to go, and I hope you’ll check back every Wednesday to see our progress! We’ve already broken ground and I’m excited to show you how a dirt pit became even dirtier/pitier than ever before.



Tagged , ,