Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Backyard Remodel

This spring we decided to redo our backyard space. A big chunk of our backyard was unusable. At one point it was a lovely coy pond, I'm sure, but it became an over grown swampy mess. There was a big portion of deck that was awkwardly shaped and didn't really get used either. Here are the before's and afters.
 Our backyard BEFORE.

 This used to be a waterfall that ended in a coy pond. Then it became an overgrown mess and we could never get the water feature to work.

 We had a long skinny deck that wasn't useful for much. And while I actually kind of liked the railing, it also divided the yard in two.

 Big decision number one, get rid of the skinny deck part!! yikes! Also, not in our original plans, but we decided to tear down the fence and rebuild it up. It apparently was being held up with two ropes tied to trees that were behind the fence. No posts! We decided to replace it because it'll help keep the English Ivy in the neighbors yard (English Ivy is a non-native highly invasive plant here in the PNW.)


 Filling in the pond. Now we've got a big muddy yard!

 There was a rickety fence behind the other rickety fence. Weird.

 Using mostly the old fence boards, and pieces of the railing, we rebuilt (and by "we" I mean my landscaper) the fence and added a trellis. It looks 100x better!

 Using the contours of the backyard that were already existing saved a lot of money. We also decided to have a stone bench built into one of the contours. It'll give some cool seating around the firepit.

 And then it was DONE!


 The entire yard was made possible by the money Nanny left us. We wanted to dedicate the yard to her memory. Every fire we have we will be thinking of her. She would have loved the space.

 Everything grows so fast here we bought baby plants to save money. They'll fill in fast!

 We uncovered the original water feature, beefed it up, but removed the "water" feature part and now it's a dry creekbed and a main focal point.



 We picked boulders that doubled as seats too.

And I got a comfy bench from Ikea so I can sit out here, read a book and enjoy.  There is also plenty of deck space left for a six seater table, two grills and a big table we use as a buffet. The backyard is 100% more useable and we've spent more time out here in the past month than in the past two years! Remodel success! 

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