Shed, We Hardly Knew Ye

As long time readers of this blog will remember, there is a lot behind our house, and on that lot has always been a little shed. That shed looked a lot like a little house. Just without the electricity, proper insulation and windows.

The previous owners of our house owned both lots and that was their shed. Before we bought the house, that lot was divided and sold. The land was cleared, a new house was built and yet a year after all of that, the shed was still standing.

Old Shed New House

Now that shed is gone. We had some good times. We stored some junk in there during Hurricane Irene, but for the most part we kept our distance. You never know, there could’ve been an army of feral cats living in there.

Shed Demolished

Hurricane Sandy/Nor’Easter Updates!

First of all, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since our last post! Sorry for the inactivity on here, we’ve definitely still been active around the house.

Secondly, we’ve survived Hurricane Sandy. And now we’ve woken up this morning to a sort of winter wonderland. Have these two weather events really signaled the end of our favorite season? Check out a few photos from the past month.

Fall in Blauvelt, NYAutumn, Palisades Parkway, NJ

Those two were taken in Rockland County, NY and along the Palisades Parkway in NJ, respectively.

Hurricane Sandy Tree on Car

Yes, that’s what we came home to after the storm. Yes, that is Megan’s car. Not a drop of water anywhere in the house, and not another tree down in the entire yard.

Broken Tree after Hurricane Sandy

It was a big pine, and a tree I never thought would snap like a twig.

Hurricane Sandy Tree Debris

Hurricane Sandy Yard Cleanup

And then the clean up began. Not a bad pile, it definitely wasn’t as easy as Irene.

House and Snow

Here we are just over a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, and I come home to this, a nice mix of rain and heavy, wet snow. It did, however, make for a pretty good looking, yet difficult, commute this morning. Here’s two shots from our respective commutes.

Snow on Laurel Hill, Secaucus, NJ

Snowy Road in NJ


Under Construction (but Not Us This Time)

Land Survey with Shed

Probably the number one question we get when people come see the house for the first time, or second time, or third time is “what’s going on with that house in the backyard?!” It’s an odd question out of context, but what they’re referring to is the “vacant” lot behind ours. That doesn’t sound so strange but it sure looks weird when you notice the shed on the property and the path leading to it. We’ve talked about it before, but the shed back there looks a lot like a smaller house, or a guest house, but its not, its just an elaborately  constructed shed.

Vacant Lot Land Clearing

One Saturday morning, we were awoken to the sounds of loud machinery. The kind of sounds you’d expect to hear in a movie, and then to be followed by the sight of a crane with a wrecking ball. Not quite. But close. There was a crew in the vacant lot, clearing all of the debris from, among other things, Hurricane Irene.

Crane in the Back Yard

So then as the morning goes on they start ripping out trees and eventually digging up the earth.

Shed and Dirt Mounds

A few days go by and a porta potty shows up. Then a foundation gets put in.

New Home Foundation

New Home Foundation on the Back Lot

And that’s where we are right now. Its been a few days, and we’ve had some snow and rain. We knew this day would come. Even when we first were shown our house by the realtor, the back lot had already been subdivided and sold. We were told a contractor had bought it and was going to build a new house. Months went by, and the only way I could figure out to find out who had bought the lot, was looking up the county tax records online. Sure enough they were there. They are nowhere near complete and I’m sure this will be an ongoing part of our lives for at least the next few months.

1 Story Dwelling Survey

Stay tuned for more on the construction as we spy on it from our kitchen windows.