Taking Back the Driveway

Our driveway has been the basic storage area over the past few years for both supplies and salvage.

Lumber was piled in the driveway in the fall of 2013.
Lumber was piled in the driveway in the fall of 2013.

When the renovation started the framing lumber and sheathing were stored at the back of the driveway.

This debris was in the yard for a while back in 2014.
This debris was in the yard for a while back in 2014.

Debris from building the house was also piled there temporarily until it was hauled away a truckload at a time by our contractor.

We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.
We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.

Even before the project began in earnest Charlie made a 60-ton? pile of rubble from demolishing our patio, porch, and sidewalk.

Piles of lumber, rubble and building debris filled the space between the cottage and the house.
Piles of lumber, rubble and building debris filled the space between the cottage and the house.

Over time the rubble pile diminished because we had listed it on Craigslist as a free take away item.

The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.

Even with the smaller pile the area in front of the potager was weedy and a catchall for large items we need to get rid of.

We became accustomed to debris and buckets in the driveway between the house and the Cottage.
We became accustomed to debris and buckets in the driveway between the house and the Cottage.

Finally Charlie decided that he had had enough so told me, “I’m taking back the driveway!”

The last pile of crushed stone will be returned to the driveway.
The last pile of crushed stone will be returned to the driveway.

Clearing the clutter is such a nice way to star autumn at The Glade.

Almost there.
Almost there.

Are you making a seasonal change?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “Taking Back the Driveway”

    1. We gave ours away on Craigslist. Our contractor was shocked that people would come with large trailers and trucks to haul it away for free. It was worth a try and it panned out. Jo

  1. people will do a lot for free stuff – it’s like a feeding frenzy! before i met my husband i cleaned house and put a ton of old crap on the front lawn – bikes, computers (old/not working), furniture, etc. and listed in on craigslist as “free, on the front lawn, first come first served” and then i sat in the upstairs window and watched the mayhem ensue. it was fabulous.

    1. People don’t really calculate the cost of “free” stuff. However, last night I picked up a free clothing steam brush from the back table at church so who am I to talk. Jo

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