The landscape rock came in and it looks great. My husband has been complaining about the front landscaping for almost a year. We took time to decide what material we would use to line the beds. Actually my husband had suggested from the beginning to continue the beds with the same material the builder used for the walkway. And knowing my husband, he would ask the builder for the landscaper’s contact info and pay them to do the work. That can be expensive recalling a few landscaping jobs we’ve had done in the past.
Since it’s Spring here, now is a good time to complete this project. We matched the existing material to Oklahoma chopped rock and had it installed by a local nursery that has a large supply of rock options and offered installation. We separated the material cost from the labor and it seemed like a fair deal. The installer first used a thin shovel to dig out a channel around the beds, then cut a thick cloth material and layed the cloth into the channel and covered that with crushed granite before setting the rock on top. No rocks were split, so they found pieces that would work together to line the corners of the bed. He also used a rope as a guide to line up the rocks. The installer, Benicio, was here 2 days for 3 hours each day. He had a helper. I did the measuring for the materials and we had a couple of rocks left over. We used exactly 1/2 a pallet and I gave them measurements of 108 linear feet. Labor is about 1/2 the cost so the total job was $1000. I added thirty bags of mulch which is $120! According to what I have read online, 13.5 bags is a yard. I don’t believe this to be true. I have had mulch delivered before and a yard was way more. Plus it makes a mess on the driveway that you have to pressure wash off. With delivery I have probably spent about the same on the bags as buying a yard. And installing it myself, I’ve probably saved $100.
The drapes came in from Loft Curtains. Loft Curtains makes custom curtains for purchase online and it takes 3-4 weeks for delivery. At the 128 inch length, I wasn’t able to find premade panels. We ordered one panel to make sure it would look ok and then ordered the rest. Tristan at Loft was extremely easy to work with and even sent me an additional panel at no extra charge because I needed it to be two inches shorter. The result is decorative non functional curtains that make the space look more finished. I added some mirrors behind the lamps on the night stands which adds height and the reflected light makes the lamps stand out. With so many mirrors to choose from I found these online which was less expensive than others and was surprised at how the mirrors were heavy and well made. The bedroom is finally looking less bare. It’s been almost a year!