Monday, June 16, 2014

the backyard project part 2

Back in April I shared a peek into our backyard project and for the last three months we have been hard at work trying to get things finished and ready for summer! I happy to share that last week we were able to get the big stuff done and we are so happy with the end result.



When I look at the before photos I am amazed at how much work my dear husband Andy was able to accomplish! It wasn't easy and since it was our first time tackling a project like this, things were challenging at times. But as hard as it was, it feels so good to know that we did it ourselves- WE LOVE a good DIY project! Here is a peek at what we have been up to:

After we finished the garden back in April we had decisions to make about the rest of the space and we went back and forth about what to do. Since the yard slopes into wetlands and since we have soil that is full of clay, we are limited with what can be done. We finally decided to keep things simple and split the space up into a few different areas.

We created a play area for Lucy. We separated this area with a river rock circle and then filled it with pea gravel. We found a cute cedar playhouse at Costco (assembly took about 8 hours!) and made it the focal point of the play area. We have a few more fun things to add to this space but so far Lucy loves it!


We put in a flagstone path, dividing up the space that leads to a fire pit. 

We created a fire pit in the back corner of the yard. This is the area where the ground slopes down the most and it seemed like a great space to add a fire pit for hanging out. I'll be sharing more details about this space later this week.

The last step was to spread topsoil and put in sod which brought everything together!


We still have lots of little projects to finish but the big stuff is done and we are ready to welcome summer!

In the coming weeks I will be sharing more details and DIY projects from our backyard so stay tuned for more!

25 comments:

heather gilmour said...

You've done a great work, can't believe that this is the same backyard! It's amazing and very beautiful!
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Ingrid Orens said...

Your garden looks absolutely divine ! That will be a fantastic summer...

Meghan Thimjon said...

Gorgeous! Love it all! Would love to read, make smores, craft etc there!!! Enjoy!

Elisabetta Brustio said...

Bellissimo!!! Avete fatto un lavoro meraviglioso! Anche noi quest'anno abbiamo deciso di sistemare l'area giardino... ma siamo decisamente in ritardo sulla tabella di marcia... รจ ancora una giugla!!!

Very nice! You have done a wonderful job! Also this year we have decided to place the garden area ... but we are very late on the roadmap ... it's still a jungle!

patty a. said...

What a transformation! Absolutely beautiful!

Stargirl said...

An absolutely amazing transformation. It would ne heavenly for this amartment dweller to have a space like that to hang out in. Oh how you will enjoy this space.I know it had to be hard, hard work to get to this point but I'm sure it is so worth it. Thank you so much for sharing.

Stephanie said...

That is a TON work in a short amount of time. LOVE the playhouse.

LauraJane:) said...

Two little gnomes are in that tiny house!

Robin Cooper said...

Wow! Very nice!! Quite a difference!! Enjoy!

jabbott said...

Fab outdoor space x

TwinkleToes2day said...

What a fabulous are to be proud of. Absolutely wonderful. Bravo to all of you! Lucy's wee hoose is adorable and Oh, I wish I'd had somewhere like that as a girl. And I love that you have put real planters and flowers outside it. I hope she and her wee friends have many fabulous hours in there. The fire pit area is also fabulous. I wonder, is that marshmallows you're toasting? Mmmm :D Looking forward to further instalments :)

Laura Lea said...

I'm facing redoing my whole yard. It's inspirational what you've done. Lots of hard work but it will be filled with joy as your little one grows and plays in it with you. Enjoy it! It's beautiful!

Val S said...

This is stunning! Looks like a great place to spend every minute of the summer. I'm actually wondering if I could have a little playhouse like that for myself, just for fun!

Deja D. said...

Waw, you did a great job! I really like your backyard, speacilly Lucy's house! :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Ya'll truly have done an awesome job! Just in time for summer! Enjoy! Tammy

Liz said...

Love your house and garden! Beautiful!!

Liz said...

All the planning and hard work sure paid off! It is beautiful!! Praying you'll build many special memories together out there! Love and blessings friend!!

Karen M said...

WOW! I can't believe what you did. Beautiful great job

Barb said...

It looks like a magical place with love thrown all around.
Barb
NC

Jo Murray said...

A brilliant transformation! It just shows what a vision, and hard work, can do.ss

Anonymous said...

AHHHMAZING!! I know how hard that type of work is having grown up on Guam and the yearly typhoons. Great job!! I love the giant christmas tree :)

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Absolutely beautiful! you did a great job!

Cathie said...

Magical.

Ellen J said...

If you ever decide to rent out Lucy's play house, I'm there.

Thomas Watson said...

Truly an inspiration. I am making this for my kids.

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