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Readers,

Moisture-retaining shrubbery, begone!

Moisture-retaining shrubbery, begone!

I’ve been waiting impatiently for our builder to finish the storage space behind the mystery door.

Jack hacks away at an arbor vitae.

Jack hacks away at an arbor vitae.

When Daniel looked at the space, you may recall, he said, “This is great! You’re paying for this space; you should use it.”  How could I say no to such enthusiasm (and common sense)? In no time flat I was thinking of what I could stow in there. Fabric? Out-of-season clothes? And what would I want to use the newly opened up space for? A decently lit photography zone?

But before this storage space, situated under the front steps of the house, could be finished, we’d have to make sure it would stay dry. And that meant getting rid of our moisture-loving, foundation-hugging shrubbery.

The lines of our little Cape Cod are being revealed.

The lines of our little Cape Cod are being revealed.

Bet you were wondering what cutting down shrubs had to do with getting things sewn. There is a connection.

The ground has been regraded, heavy plastic laid down, and covered with 5000 pounds of river rock on the front and west side.

The ground has been regraded, heavy plastic laid down, and covered with 5000 pounds of river rock on the front and west side.

We’ll put in some new plantings farther from the foundation that will stay small and pose no moisture threat to the contents of the new closet.

Next: better lighting in the sewing domain!

A sad, halfhearted attempt at a temporary sewing space. New storage coming soon behind the former "mystery door."

A sad, halfhearted attempt at a temporary sewing space. New storage coming soon behind the former “mystery door.”