We have shown you the bedroom filled with plants and the detailed schematics for raised beds at our friends' house. Well, here's where we bust out the table saw, pick up the lumber, and get to know the shovels (rather, here's where they did all that). Last weekend, all the plans came to fruition when Claire and Aman built their raised bed.
This hard-working couple took three days and completed most of the work themselves. We stopped by to lend a helping hand (or distract them, more likely) on the last day of their project, and we've got to say, this was no cakewalk.
From the photos, you can see the gradual progression of the beds as the design took shape. They had a large mound of compost delivered—it ended up being much more than they could use to fill the beds, so they shared it with neighbors who happily indulged in the nutritious soil.
But we think the end result (which you can see a sneak peak of in the gallery) is stunning, and they saved buckets of money by doing the work themselves. Hopefully their summer garden will pay off soon, too; the seedlings will be going in after we're clear of freezes for the season.
Stay tuned for the big reveal—and the budget breakdown.
(Images: Claire Tyler, used with permission.)