New roof and Sway Your HOA article in Wildflower magazine

Exciting developments around here. For one, we had our old, hail-beaten roof replaced, and not only does the new roof completely freshen up our home, but the workers took great care not to damage the garden in the process. If you’re in the Austin area and need a new roof, I highly recommend Straight Solutions.

For a comparison, here’s our old, sad roof, with a poor patch job around the porch gable that we added. And now back up — ahh. If anyone’s wondering, we went with composite shingles for cost reasons, and the color is Tamko’s Weathered Wood.

Below the steep roof, plants are looking good — zero damage from the re-roofing. I sure would like to see some rain in that dry creek though. We’ve had a rainless autumn.

One of my favorite shade combos along the dry creek: ‘Sparkler’ sedge, ‘Soft Caress’ mahonia, and ‘Everillo’ sedge

In other news, I have an article in the latest issue of Wildflower, the biannual magazine of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

It’s called “Sway Your HOA,” and it’s about how to persuade your old-school HOA to permit sustainable landscaping practices like reducing lawn and planting native plants. If you subscribe — and you should (you get the magazine by becoming a member of the Wildflower Center) — look for it on page 42.

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10 Responses

  1. Gail says:

    It looks great! We chose Weathered Wood when we replaced our roof three years ago. Cool article and so helpful considering many folks are stuck with HOA’s restrictive rules.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Our neighbor, who is a realtor, helped us choose the color. It’s also her own roof color, and she said it’s the most popular color on the market right now. The nice thing is, it looks a little different on our roof than it does on hers thanks to different siding materials/colors. —Pam

  2. Kris P says:

    Looks good! And how wonderful to have workers who actually take care not to trample everything underfoot. (I’m dreading my upcoming tree trimming as something almost always gets squashed.) Congrats on the article too.

  3. Chris says:

    I notice you went for standing seam on the gable. Interesting contrast.

  4. lcp says:

    looks terrific! great color choice, too…also think the new sedge berm/lawn looks FANTASTIC – it filled in so quickly!

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your new roof looks great. The plantings around the base of your home are fabulous too.
    Your article reminds me of why we are in the house we are in. No HOA. When we first married we were going to sell both houses and build a new home that would be ‘OURs”. We talked to builders and discovered HOA rules. We chose to stay put. Too many rules. Bah…

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