You may have wondered why our backyard looked barren and without any concrete or why Chris' truck top was sitting on our front lawn in those "After" pictures of our house finally being painted. Well, we've moved on to the next project!
Each year we make a list of the goals we want to accomplish on the house. This year we've stuck pretty close, though we did paint the house before we thought we would and skipped working on the back bathroom (despite all the tile and fixtures sitting in our front room waiting to be installed...) Because we did a little dabbling off the list with the last project, we decided what the hell, let's just throw the list completely out the window.
On to the backyard!
Though our backyard doesn't look like this anymore (taken right after we moved in)...
...it is need of some serious help to get it to that super duper relaxing stage.
We've built a veggie garden
Built a flower bed
Ripped down the old deck
Built a new one
And MANY other projects.
We intended on working on the backyard in a year or two. But the weather has been super great and we just thought, you know what, we're tired of longing for the days when we can hang out and enjoy the weather in our beautiful backyard, let's just do it NOW.
The plan: to rip up a whoooooooooollllllllle bunch of concrete (about 700 sq. ft. to be exact), build 2 raised beds near the garage for some lounging, build a pergola, install a paver patio and do some other minor touching up here and there.
So here's the plan
(you can click to make the pic bigger)
The new raised beds will go in the back between the garage and the vegetable garden. The pergola will be built on the second, larger raised bed. And that whole big area in front of the garage (and down the side of the house, though that's not drawn) is all the new pavers that we'll be putting in - 700 sq. ft. of them - after ripping up all the concrete and digging out a ton of dirt. And yes, TONS literally. Most likely a few tons of dirt.