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

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

Mulching Tales, or Cheap Landscaping Redux

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Two years ago I posted about how we mulched the front of our house with a truckload of free mulch that we got a tree company to dump in front of our house. Over time, here and on Pinterest, a lot of people have expressed concern about using mulch (either at … Continue reading

Basement Floors, et. al: A Few Updates

I’ve been asked a few times now about how our basement floors are holding up; I always answer people in the comments, of course, but it seems like it’s probably about time to do an actual official update now that we’re a few months in. But I didn’t want to have a post that’s three sentences long, so I’m tossing … Continue reading