A few years ago we did a huge update to the main living area of our home. We gutted it down to the two by fours, but that’s a story for another post ;). While they were re-wiring the roof for the new lighting and surround sound they asked if we wanted to put wiring in for speakers outside on our deck. Of course at the time there was no money for speakers (in fact there still isn’t) but we did have them run the wire as they had everything opened up anyway. This started the conversation about updating our backyard. That was three years ago. At that time we had a pirate ship fort with an anchor (made from PVC pipe) for the kids to swing on, as well as a sandbox for the kids. It was awesome! Unfortunately our neighbors gigantic pine tree overshadowed pretty much our entire backyard, and we never really used it as it was always shady and full of spiders! (yes, I have major issues with spiders).
Last June an arborist friend of ours let us know that this gigantic tree was actually not safe, as it had lost the top 15 feet in a wind storm years prior and had since grown some dangerous and very large off shoots. To make a long story short we had the tree removed and it has totally changed our backyard life!
We started using our backyard and even set up a little pool last summer. It was amazing and we became excited about the possibilities of our ‘new’ backyard space.
As fall rolled around and the pool came down to reveal a huge ‘crop circle’ in our backyard, along with our barely standing fence it was getting difficult to see how we could make our backyard a space we could enjoy. But we started talking about ideas and slowly some sketches and Pinterest idea boards started to take shape.
Financially we were not able to tackle everything we wanted to do at once so while designing our plans we kept in mind a phasing strategy that would allow us to work on the yard over the next couple of years.
We decided that there was no point in doing anything to the yard itself until we did something about the fence. Our fence was very old and had been pushed out of place in several areas by the roots of the big pine that was previously there.
My husband along with a friend removed the old fence and then replaced and extended it with beautiful new cedar fencing. I love it! Once this fence went in we could see our vision starting to take shape. It’s so exciting to see hard work and planning pay off.
Stay tuned more to come soon…