Monday, April 21, 2014

This Homestead Has A Driveway!

Isn't it bee-u-tiful??

I'm taking a break from recipes today, mainly so I can show you what I've been yammering about for a week. 

I'm so delighted with how it turned out. I was talking to the hubby, and I mentioned how amazed I was by the effect of a little concrete on the front of the house. It really pulls the curb appeal together. The hubby actually worked in concrete before his current job in natural gas, so he knows his concrete pretty darn well. Therefore, he's been wetting the driveway with a sprinkler since it was poured. A couple times a day, in fact. He's wanting it to cure slowly, which means we also aren't driving on it just yet. 

Yep, we're parking in the yard :)

The only thing I'm not thrilled about? How much we had to tear up the yard to put in the driveway. I miss my grass. That's ok, we're going to be re-seeding the areas that were tore up. I should have my lawn back in no time.

Looking out at the yard from the porch. 

I'm so excited about having a walkway to the front door! You have no idea how good it felt to trash those makeshift wooden stairs we've had for the last year and a half. As I've previously mentioned, now I can usher guests in through the front door. No more being embarrassed the UPS guy has to brave the muddy yard! People also get to see my door mat now, which I've been delighted to have for the last 16 months and no one has seen. 

Dog lovers unite!

Now that we have the front entry, I just had to put some flowers out. The front yard is sadly lacking in the floral department. I absolutely adore this big, bronze pot we found to put some impatiens in.

I braved the honeybees to pick out these flowers!

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but we also put a concrete pad out back. We plan to use it as a functional patio for the time-being. Our ultimate goal is to build a deck out back someday. This is obviously going to be a big-time project that probably won't happen in the near future. We'd like to eventually put a hot tub on the pad, and then build the deck around it. Until that day comes (it's going to be quite awhile before that happens!) we have something to put patio furniture and the hubby's grill on.

The hubby's actually built me a little herb garden to go out by the patio, but it's not quite finished yet. I'll have to post pictures later, but it's super freakin' cute. 

Obviously, we have some grass-seeding to do here as well :)

I couldn't resist a picture that screamed, "SPRING!". I love when everything comes back to life. 

One more step completed in our landscaping process. I'm a very happy girl!

Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic and sunny weekend!


  1. Awesome looking drive. You'll miss the mud on rainy days I'm sure! Lookin' good.

    1. Thanks Dad! Are you kidding? I'm never going to miss that mud! Or mopping doggy prints off my kitchen floor all the freakin' time :)