Porch and Deck Plans: the Fun Part is Here!

It’s blissfully cool here in Georgia right now; I am, in fact, wearing a jacket as I type this, and my air conditioner hasn’t cut on all day. It’s still August, and I’m sure there’ll be at least one more stretch of hot weather to endure before fall settles in for good, but it’s reminding me that it’s time to … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 3: Some Details

This post is coming to you much later than intended, because I’ve kind of been dreading writing it. It’s one of those posts where I have to consult extensively with Dave, since I wasn’t really the primary decision maker or the primary getting stuff done-er on the project. And I hate talking to Dave. Just kidding. But it’s an extra … Continue reading

DIY Kids’ Backyard Construction Zone

Important lesson in parenting that I suspect most parents grasp a lot more quickly than I have: if you tell your preschooler that you’re going to build him a construction zone in the backyard “soon” you should make sure that you really mean soon….otherwise he’s going to ask you in an eager little voice every few weeks, “when are we going … Continue reading

Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 2: To DIY or Not to DIY

Way back when we built the kids’ swing set, I wrapped things up with some philosophical musings about reasons for DIYing a project. I’m going to return to that topic in this deck rebuild post, because, as I’ve mentioned before, this project really pushed us to the very edge of our DIY comfort zone. Sometimes to DIY or not to … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild: Before and After Pics

I’m going to do a big post with lots of details about the deck building process, things we learned along the way, and whether we’d go the DIY route if we had it to do over again….but for today I’m just going to show you the pretty pictures. The back of our house has a screen porch (well, it used … Continue reading

Deck Plans!

I’m having computer problems that are making blogging extremely slow and difficult. And I’m having a very difficult time picking out a new computer. I actually ordered one from Amazon, but then it got here and Abe’s room looked weirdly day-glo green on it, and no amount of tinkering would fix it, so I sent it back and now I’m … Continue reading

What’s Going on Around Here Lately

It’s time for one of those periodic “I don’t really have a project to show you, but honest we HAVE been doing stuff. Here: let me show you” posts. Easter happened (umm….it was almost a week ago now! Hope those of you who celebrate had a great Easter!) Abe was the only one of my kids to hunt for eggs … Continue reading

The Great Indoor Gardening Experiment

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Here’s how gardening usually works around here. March: I am SO excited about my garden! Let’s go build garden beds and buy seeds and we’re going to have SO MUCH FOOD! April: Yay! Winter is over! Plants seeds in the ground! May: These beans are doing SO GREAT! Lots of the … Continue reading

Someday It Will Stop Being a Zillion Degrees and We’ll Do Things in Our Yard

This is the time of year when people are all over social media posting pictures of flowers blooming and kids swimming and going on and on about how they don’t want summer to end. Bleh. I am totally ready for summer to end. There are things I like about summer: school vacation, road trips, long days, thunderstorms. But by August, … Continue reading

Eight Reasons to Plant a Clover Lawn: Adventures in Sustainable Suburbia

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I don’t blog a lot about blogging here; it’s just not my thing. But I’ll say that, what with the new Pinterest algorithm changes and blah, blah, blah….page views are way down lately for a lot of DIY blogs, mine included. This is kind of a bummer, so if all of … Continue reading