Then suddenly the house is empty and silent. It's truly life-altering. I miss the constant noise that comes with children, but I also feel like I've been able to sit with a cup of tea and just think in a way that I haven't been able to for a really long time. There is beauty in that too.
It's an adjustment. One of the really good things about this time though is the ability to get to some projects which have been on the back burner for a while. When we finished on our home addition last year, we knew that we'd eventually have to get around to landscaping our front yard but just felt too overwhelmed then to take on the project.
Due to the many years of drought in California, we really need to conserve water. Our plan was always to get rid of the lawn in our front yard since our kids don't really play there (We live on a busy street). I think we're ready to take on the project, especially since we'll be able to utilize some rebates from the State to make it happen!
For a local rebate I had to draw up plans of our current landscape and how it was going to change. I've been pinning drought ideas on Pinterest like crazy!
I was having a really hard time visualizing what it was going to look like though, which is when I found out about an app called iScape. I paid $1.99 for the items that I needed to draw up our plan...other items are free and others are more expensive. It was a lot of fun to drag and drop plants into my house's picture. It was so much easier to visualize! Note, I'm not being paid to endorse their app...just sharing my experiences).
These two were my favorite scenarios...I'd love to hear what you think!
Our first step will be killing our grass. Then we'll replace the existing sprinkler system with drip irrigation. Then we'll build our fence. I can't seem to decide on what kind of fence I want though....sometime like one of the fences above, or something else...like one of these?
And when all the landscaping is finished, I'd love to add some shutters to the window on the left, and maybe paint the front door too. More decisions!
Operation curb appeal has begun!
Hope you all have a wonderful week! I'll be back her next week with TWO sewing tutorials!