Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Landscaping

When we moved into this house, the yard on the north side was a jungle. You couldn't access that area without boots and a machete.

More Garden

See? And this is early Spring. In high summer, it was a wall of green.

Gate Needs Repair

The stepping stones were messed up and the sprinkler system valves were an eyesore. We have a small yard and didn't want to waste this much valuable space.

About 6 months ago, we pulled everything out. Well, we hired someone to pull everything out leaving a blank space to design a new patio and path. While we were at it, the front garden had become completely overgrown. So we cleared that out too. The house went from this...

The House

to this...

Now to plan the re-do

What a difference! You could actually see the house. I felt bad that we took out the big tree in front. But it was really messy and the roots were starting the shift the driveway, so it had to go.

Today, the landscapers finished the job. Here's the new front of our house.

New Front Yard- Done

There's a whole new garden!

Front of the House

Now you don't have to walk up the driveway to get to our front door.

Path Curves to Side Yard- Done

Then, the path curves around to the side gate.

Side Yard- Done

Path to the Patio- Done

Through the gate we added a path to a patio extension. They were even able to hide those hideous sprinkler valves!

North Side of the House- Done

The plants will eventually fill in and up. Plus, there are already lots of bees visiting the new flowers!

New Patio Area- Done

What a huge change! Usable space!

Patio Extension- Done

You can see where the concrete meets the pavers. Eventually we'd like to tile the old concrete patio and the front porch to look a little more cohesive. (Although, power washing made a HUGE difference!) Every project we do on the house makes me want to do 15 more things. We still need a new gate and now I'd like to extend the paver path around the entire house. Someday. Someday.

More Room to Enjoy the Yard- Done

We will be outside a LOT more this summer now that we have so much more space.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kristyn said...

Wow that is a huge difference. The yard is beautiful.

2:58 PM  
Blogger knittinwolf said...

Wow, what a big difference. It looks fabulous! There will always be a house project just around the corner! ;) Fun stuff though! I've missed ya!:)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Thea said...

Looks great!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

Beautiful!

5:49 PM  
Blogger knitseashore said...

I envy all the work you've been able to accomplish! We're making slow but sure progress; we have to do most of the work ourselves, so it takes a little longer.

9:20 AM  

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