Holyoke Home is one couple. One dog. One garden. One achingly lovely historic brick row house in Holyoke, Massachusetts. One very cool city. One VERY LONG renovation 'wish list.' One project at a time? We'll see.
Lower Back Porch Sneak Peek
- Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeOkay kids. I am using this post to entice MY OWN SELF to freaking finish the back lower porch. I still need to install the new light fixture and scrape and paint the concrete floor.
But in the mean time? What says summer more than watermelon and a bright red rolling cooler?
Farm Share Friday: Machines
- Published on Friday, 29 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeMachines. Machines. They are so beautiful.
The Pause That Refreshes. Or Maybe Just a Pause.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeI know I am milking these projects, but finishing the patio and upper back porch projects really sucked dry my DIY renovation energy. Or maybe it's the heat? All I know is this: when I get home from my real job, the nightly conversation (in my head) goes like this:
Me: Boy, I should really scrub the lower back porch concrete...
Friday Farm Share: We Multi-Task
- Published on Friday, 22 July 2011
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Feed the baby, pick the beans
Sharing The Bounty of The Season
- Published on Thursday, 21 July 2011
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I Can Haz Glaring
- Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeAnd just WHAT do you have to glare at me about Morgan? What? Is the fluffy fluffy bed you sleep on too comfortable? Is your brown rice and grass-fed beef (with a squirt of Omega 3 fatty acids) too delicious?
Back Patio 'Before and After' (from another angle)!
- Published on Monday, 18 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomePhew! A few of y'all like our brand new DIY el cheapo patio. To try and convince the rest of you how FABULOUS this project came out, I think it will help to see it from a different angle. So I walked to the back of the yard to snap a picture. But first, a 'before'. When we moved in, the back of the house looked like this:
Back Patio (different from back porch) FINAL REVEAL!
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeI know. I know. Wasn't the back porch ENOUGH?! What were we THINKING trying to finish two huge projects on an artificial but NON-NEGOTIABLE deadline?! Hey. If DIY Diva can build an entire. freaking. house, then Mr. Man and I can build a back porch and a patio.
If you need a refresher on our DIY patio project, visit my last...
Patio Reveal SNEEKY PEEKY
- Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeI believe 'before and after' pictures are the Internet's very own crack cocaine. Are you addicted?
Test #1: Try not to SCROLL DOWN to see the image below (which is an 'after' sneak peak.)
How'd you do? S'okay. Come back tomorrow for the full reveal.
Breaking It Down
- Published on Monday, 11 July 2011
Authors: Holyoke HomeThank you all SO MUCH for your nice comments on our back porch reveal! Here's the cost/product breakdown because I'm always interested in how much a good 'before and after' cost.
Bamboo fence - $50
From a local hardware store. We bought one 13 foot long, 6 and 1/2 foot tall split bamboo fence section, and then cut it in half...