A Completed Backyard

Does a complete backyard warrant a blog post? Would you really care to know that my humble house is starting to become more like a home? I think yes. Especially if you knew how the backyard used to look.

A Diamond In The Rough

We bought a foreclosure. In the interior, the previous owners painted the walls dark brown and gray, took all the lights, mirrors, appliances and smoke detectors. The blinds fell from the windows, the linoleum was lifting and the gray carpet was stained. How much worse could the backyard be?

The Backyard Before

Affectionately named the Coco Cabana, our backyard was a hodge-podge of bad do-it-yourself backyard projects that we deduced were supposed to invoke the feeling of an island getaway. A cheap, we-just-got-stranded-on-this-deserted-island-so-let’s-take-the-wreckage-and-make-the-best-of-it-before-we-resort-to-cannibalism, kind of getaway.

It sounds extreme, so I’m grateful that hubby took video proof of the backyard that was.

Maybe in it’s prime, the backyard was a fun place to hang out, do a keg stand and burn Christmas trees.

The Backyard Now

I’m a firm believer in saving up and paying someone who knows what they’re doing to do the work. While hubby and I — and hubby did the lion’s share of the work — did the demolition it would have taken us months to get the backyard to where it is now.

Allergies are getting the best of me this time of year, so apologies for the sniffling in the video. But allergies be damned! I’m sitting outside as I write this and I can exclaim that I am SO happy to have a finished backyard that doesn’t look like a bad remake of Gilligan’s Island.

For those back East looking for a quick recap, here are the highlights.

  • The gigantic palm/agave tree which was the only thing that remained after our demolition is gone.
  • The dog run is clear of the gazebo remnants, rickety fence and other heavy oddities that we couldn’t lift in to our trash bin and is now an actual dog run.
  • We have pavers!!
  • Plants a plenty — not properly explained in the video, but our backyard is an example of xeriscaping OR said another way, is a landscape that has a reduced need for supplemental water from irrigation because we’re utilizing drought-resistant (local/native) plants.
  • Bring on the citrus! Can’t have enough limes. Ever. The lemons are to giveaway and smell good in the Spring.
  • There’s a fire pit that you can’t fall in to and burn large pine trees in. Marshmallows are a different story.
  • Grass! Not featured in this episode, but we will have grass that I can put my toes in. Can’t wait!

Oh, and yeah, the backyard was completed in 2 1/2 days.


4 thoughts on “A Completed Backyard

  1. HUGE improvement!! And you can add a landscaping job like this to the “home value” discussion we just had on Twitter. Kitchen and bath remodels and landscaping are some of the best return on investments you can make for home value improvement. Even if you don’t recover all the hard dollar cost, your home is MUCH more appealing to buyers if/when the time comes to sell.

    “Over improving” happens a lot, where people improve a home past what the neighborhood really supports. (think putting a $100K pool into the backyard of a $150K house), but it looks like you all did a *great* job on the backyard. I just can’t believe you didn’t leave the particleboard gazebo in place… ;)

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