The Grand House

Our City Backyard

We love living in the city.  We love the noise and the traffic and the walkability of our cool little neighborhood.

Henry is a total city kid…he runs up and down the sidewalks like he owns them, waves to all the bus drivers and loves the banana bread at our local coffee shop.

Backyard space is hard to come by in Lawrenceville. At our #RealLifeReno, Mark really wanted to make our small yard a nature oasis in the city.

He planted a tall Bloodgood London Planetree in the far back of our lot.  We call it “Henry’s Tree” and planted it shortly after he was born.

We’ve got 3 smaller trees that are called Hornbeam plus some sidewalks trees that we got from Tree Pittsburgh.  They really add shade, beauty and charm to the normal concrete-jungle that is city living.

Mark decided on Arborvitae Nigra for our “natural fence” that borders our neighbor’s yard and planted Yew hedge as filler for the rest of our backyard space.

The backyard is right off the French doors that lead into the kitchen.

We wanted to create a place where Henry can dig in the dirt and push his trucks around while I’m in the kitchen cooking…(really I’ll be drinking coffee and heating up food in the microwave.)

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The Row House

Our Second Wind

Just when we were dragging MAJOR you know what…a strong, cool breeze swept through our rowhouse and gave us the boost we needed.

running electrical wire

It also could’ve been the new coffee blend we got, but the breeze is a better story. 🙂

Mark and our beloved electrician ran the electrical lines for the kitchen…first drilling through the floor joists.

running electrical wire

Mark then pulled the wires up through the stud walls and funneled them through the electrical boxes.

kitchen wiring

We are all ready for our appliances!

kitchen remodel ideas

Next comes the drywall and we are debating what kind of statement chandelier we’re going to put in the kitchen.

I love this…

home improvement

Mark wants this…

home improvement

I know he’ll win…he always does. 🙂

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