The Deck Demo: Part 2


Many Thanks to “M” from Nashville, Jackie and Marlene for contributing to my blog!


The sledge hammer came in handy for knocking down the deck railing…


And the circular saw sliced and diced the deck…


The 2×6 decking was pulled out and stacked in a pile.


NEXT: John will be renting a Bobcat with two different size buckets to dig the footing. He will knock down the brick wall (above) right before the framers arrive. The electrician needs to move the service from it’s present location to the NW corner of the house before John takes the wall out.

A blog follower asked what we plan to do with the wrought iron back door. I’m not sure yet but maybe we could use it as the patio door. Regardless, it’s definitely a keeper.





Today I Ordered Spring Flower Bulbs from COLORBLENDS

In early July I received the latest COLORBLENDS catalog in the mail. For spring bulb lovers, it’s page after page of splashy tulip, daffodil and hyacinth photos–as well as other bulbs (alliums, amaryllis, paperwhites & specialty bulbs).

It took me over a month to decide on which spring bulbs to order; there are so many choices and colors to choose from that I would set the catalog down and go back to it weekly and revise or add to my selection.

Here are a couple of tips on ordering for fall planting:

-Place your flower bulb order ASAP–between now and the end of September (selections sell out so ordering early is best). Bulbs will be reserved and delivered in the fall for planting.

-Bulb planting is from the start of fall to the start of winter. (I have planted bulbs as late as December 21st in NJ and it was fine).

Here are a couple of tips on what to look for in bulbs:

-When ordering, ask about bulb size. Larger bulbs are superior and produce more flowers & larger flowers–the bigger the better. (COLORBLENDS is known for their large bulbs.)

-Large daffodil bulbs will produce 2-3 flower stems. With a small bulb, only one flower will bloom. So if you order 100 daffodil bulbs, you’ll get your bang for the buck because the bulbs will produce 200 to 300 flowers for people to admire. Talk about curb appeal!

A Tulip Fact: To this day, there is no such thing as a black tulip or a blue tulip. If you think a tulip is black, it’s actually “eggplant.”  Blue tulips are actually purple or a shade of violet.

Tulips provide daily entertainment because colors and heights usually change on a daily basis. Did you know if you cut them and place them in a vase of water, they continue to grow?

And remember when planting daffodils and tulips, plant the bulbs close together for visual impact. In Holland, they plant bulbs in dense waves and it’s visually stunning.

For a DeWit Forged bulb trowel manufactured in Holland ($19.99), click the following link. (If you purchase it, I receive a very small percentage of the sale from the Amazon Ad Network.) CLICK HERE!

The Deck Demolition: Part 1


Now that we have the building permit, it’s time to dig the footing. But first John had to demo the small deck at the back of the house where the 2-story addition will be built.


Using his 18 volt Dewalt drill and a large spade bit, he drilled two holes in the 2×6 deck surface, ran the chain through both holes, hooked the one end back onto the chain making a Y. The other end of the chain was hooked to the type 4 hitch on the back of his truck.


John left about four feet of slack in the chain, stepped on the gas, and voila, the deck’s ledger which was screwed into the masonry with lag bolts ripped out out Brick House 319.


It was easy breezy. What was needed for the job: A 60 ft chain (3/8 gauge),  drill/spade bit, truck and a hitch.


The deck was built with pressure treated wood and was over 20 years old.


Now it’s time to drag it away from the house.


John got behind the wheel, stepped on the gas again, and the deck dropped to the ground.


The deck then started traveling toward the backyard.


Dirt was flying and it was actually fun watching it zoom past me. We thought it would break apart but it turned out to be a fairly strong deck.


The deck is gone, the space is clear and prepped for digging the footing.


Now it’s time to demo the deck. The two tools needed: Sledge hammer and a circular saw.

Stay tuned for Part 2…




I Sought Out Brick Architecture in Savannah

I admired some of the brick architecture on a visit to Savannah during the month of December…


Romeo and Juliette balconies and shaped boxwoods flanking a gated entry..


A bay window on the second story…


Love the windows and shutters…


An ivy-covered house…could it be brick underneath? And what damage is the ivy doing to the structure? Pretty but potentially problematic…


From my horse carriage I see more brick…


I wonder what it looks like inside?


Beware of the dangling moss…don’t ever touch it!


I like the columns on this portico for Brick House 319…


Some more brick next to a restaurant with outdoor café tables…


A Victorian with a brick foundation…


I see some brick in this picture…


A touch of whimsy with Boston ferns…


Check out the brick sidewalk!


And last but not least, the tiniest house in historic Savannah has a brick fireplace. I wish it had a cedar shake roof!


TRAVEL TIP: For anyone who plans to visit Savannah, I recommend a 90-minute narrated Old Savannah Tour.