Monday, July 25, 2016

backyard progress | finished!

You may remember several posts last year about our big backyard project that included tearing down a rotting, ancient, deck; building a smaller deck; pouring a patio and building a utility shed. If you recall, it took us all Spring, Summer and Fall to complete the task last year and then that was it. It got cold; the grass stopped growing and the leaves started falling and every store was cleared out of new patio furniture. We went inside for the Winter and didn't have a chance to enjoy our new backyard last year.

Now, a year later, we have put the finishing touches on the patio and deck. This Spring the trees started blooming and the grass started growing and the stores started selling patio furniture again. And we have been able to enjoy our new backyard all Spring and Summer.

Let me just remind you what we started with:

And this is the finished back yard:

We really wanted to somehow cover up the "uglies" (air conditioner, electric meter, water meter, etc.) so this is what we ended up with:

You may notice one grass is bigger than the other because the one on the right didn't make it through the Winter so it was replaced this Spring. Hopefully it catches up to the other one.

We don't have to look at the "uglies" but the A/C and meters are still easily accessible.

 There's seating on the patio where we typically sit in the evening when the sun is down and there are a couple chairs on the deck in the shade. We found the chairs at Lowes and Dan built the table with some extra wood he had.

We are planning to put a fire pit in this large, empty circular area but we haven't quite decided what we want to do for a fire pit yet. I suppose you could say that's the next phase of the project.

And here is Dan's beloved utility shed. Also in the next phase we will probably put some sort of landscaping around the shed.

One last comparison for you:

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