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Casa Brian | Homewood, Minneapolis ('08-present) | '03-'04 Apartment in Mpls | '98-'03 Brooklyn Park
Homewood, Minneapolis: 6/23/08 - present
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I'm back to the thrills of homeownership with the purchase of my 1929 stone-and-stucco Spanish Eclectic in the historic Homewood neighborhood of North Minneapolis (NoMi).
March 24, 2012
May 15, 2011 -- Tulips & hyacinth going nuts
May 13, 2011 -- Tulips & hyacinth in bloom
Nov. 25, 2010 -- Floodlights placed for Christmas, washing the facade in red
Sept. 11, 2010 -- Bonfire in the fire pit
Apr. 27, 2010 -- Ornamental tree in bloom
Apr. 27, 2010 -- Bleeding Hearts in bloom
Feb. 10, 2010 -- 3rd (and final) blizzard of the season
Dec. 9, 2009 -- First blizzard of the season
2008-09 + Before & After shots
Backyard: Before & After
|Before: July 2008. Back yard & alley. Note the substantial weed problem, primarily plantain (right foreground), old fence at the alley line, the weed shrubs on the left hand property line and at the alley corners, overgrown trees, and the very thin turf. Also notice how little sunlight reaches the yard on the left-hand side.
|After: June 2010. Back yard & alley. Trees pruned and/or removed; fence removed; shrubs removed; weeds eliminated; turf thick and healthy; fire ring installed and woodpile in place. Now there is plenty of sunlight for the left side of back yard. Note prep work for mulch beds over there, too.
Exterior - Rear of Home
South Side Yard - Before & After Reseeding
|Before: July 2008. No grass on the shady south side.
||After: September 2008. Improvement.
South Stairs: Before & After
|Before: July 2008. Invasive burdock (very large leaves at foreground right); overgrown ground cover; poorly maintained stone stairs with large roots pushing stones over.
||After: June 2010. Burdock exterminated; accumulated dirt & spruce needles cleared off stairs and path; stones on sides straightened and re-set.
|After: June 2010. Stairs on south side of house, nice and tidy again.
||After: June 2010. Stairs on south side of house, nice and tidy again.
Interior - Front Entry
Basement - Bar
Basement - Rec Room
Basement - Laundry & Craft Room
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