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Matt’s Birthday Present To Me This 12 months


Tomorrow, June twenty first, is my birthday. Matt and I usually don’t do a lot for our birthdays for apparent causes (you realize…Matt being housebound for 13 years and all). So usually, our birthdays are only a stress-free day at residence the place the birthday particular person will get to decide on the restaurant(s) and film(s) for the day. Our birthdays are very low key.

So far as items go, Matt and I each stopped asking one another what birthday reward we would like a few years in the past as a result of there was hardly ever something that both of us needed that might be a fantastic reward thought. Since we couldn’t go on journeys or do something exterior of the home, all I ever needed was extra cash in my month-to-month home mission price range to place in the direction of no matter mission I used to be engaged on on the time. 😀 In order that sort of turned the norm through the years. It’s boring, nevertheless it labored for me.

However this 12 months was totally different. This 12 months, I knew precisely what I needed for my birthday. I needed a session with a panorama designer who can do a CAD drawing exhibiting our one-acre lot fully designed with landscaping, hardscaping, lighting placement, and so on. Y’all know what I’m speaking about, proper? I’m speaking about these wonderful drawings that seem like this…

Y’all know that I’ve been ruminating on some out of doors concepts currently. I’ve turn out to be a bit obsessive about a few of them, like determining tips on how to have a water characteristic within the tiny “courtyard” space exterior of the breakfast room (sitting room) home windows. The extra I take a look at these concepts that I posted in regards to the different day, the extra I like both the sculptural fountain thought…

by way of Fb

…or the thought of a sugar kettle fountain, so long as I can incorporate a platform of some kind the place birds can stand in shallow water to drink and bathe.

I’ve additionally been obsessively driveway concepts. I’m so glad that I posted about my consideration of a a chip seal driveway, as a result of I knew that y’all would have some nice enter! And I wasn’t disenchanted. After studying your experiences with chip seal driveways and streets that a few of you’ve had, it has made me rethink. It was particularly these experiences relating to the asphalt getting delicate and/or effervescent within the actually scorching climate that made me assume maybe there was a greater thought for our driveway.

So at this very second, I’m contemplating a gravel driveway. I like the thought of getting a permeable driveway (which means no standing puddles of water after rainstorms). And if I’ve it put in utilizing these arduous plastic grids that preserve the gravel in place, and use sufficiently small gravel to fill in these grids, the driveway shall be wheelchair accessible. Right here’s a video exhibiting one model of grid known as Core used for a driveway, and you may see how a wheelchair and bicycle simply go over the gravel.

And right here’s a really fast video exhibiting the way it’s put in.

I do love the attraction of a gravel driveway, however I by no means thought it will be accessible for Matt. However after spending fairly a little bit of time during the last week researching these varied varieties of grid merchandise used to make gravel driveways extra sturdy and long-lasting (the grid retains the gravel from being displaced), and seeing that in addition they make them wheelchair accessible, it appear to be a fantastic possibility.

After which I’ve additionally tossed round the thought currently of incorporating my very own strolling monitor on our one-acre lot.

Gravel could also be a fantastic thought for that mission as effectively if I can use these grids to maintain it in place.

So these are the issues I’ve mentioned on the weblog, plus I’ve been gathering normal concepts for landscaping to slender down issues that I do like and issues that I do know for positive I don’t like. For instance, I do know that on both facet of our entrance sidewalk that goes from the entrance porch to the road, I’d love planting beds on both facet that look one thing just like the left facet of this sidewalk.

And I’ve additionally discovered that I actually like flower beds to be lined by some means so that there’s a clear separation between the mattress and the grass. In different phrases, one thing like this…

So whereas I’ve all of those random concepts floating round in my head, I don’t know tips on how to put all of them collectively into one cohesive plan utilizing crops that may do effectively in my space, or that may thrive beneath our big oak tree within the entrance yard.

I would like somebody to assist me. And after spending about two hours yesterday trying on the image galleries and studying the shopper critiques of the entire panorama designers within the space, I’m fairly positive I’ve discovered my particular person. I’ve already been in contact with him, and I’ll be organising an appointment for someday hopefully subsequent week.

I’m so excited to see what he comes up with!! I’m hoping he can take my jumbled mess of concepts and give you one thing actually nice that I can spend the following couple of years incorporating one mission at a time.

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