ever bite off more than you could chew?
b and i are very good at that. we have a hate-hate relationship with our yard. so last week we had a company come and tear out everything in the front yard and take down 4 trees and now we have to do something with it. but it needs so much work that it sends me into a mild panic attack just thinking about it. but we have to do something. we just need the something to be in the low low low low low financial requirement category and the something has to be in line with our master plan. some pictures to give you a framework:
front before and after:
right side before and after:
back before and after:
master plan includes a new front entrance-way, pergola, play structure, garden, flagstone patio around the house and off of the sunroom, and a fence.
i think the steps for this year will be as follows…
1. excavate more of the land in the back right of the house to expose more ledge (rock). both for 2 reasons. 1: we like it. 2: it will act as a natural retaining wall and can (hopefully) save money by using what is natural versus creating something man-made. we also need to address some drainage issues since during the rainstorm yesterday it was discovered that we have a waterfall coming through our basement window. sigh.
2. level the front, right, and back yards. the front yard will remain on a hill but we need to level the top part so we can put a fence at the top of the hill and do a low maintenance mulch garden down the slope. b wants to rework the steps and path to come up by the driveway as opposed to the sidewalk. we also want to level the area to the right so we can put a play structure for the girls. the back left we also want to level so we can put up a pergola for an outdoor sitting area. did i mention we also want to remove all the vines and ivy on the ledge?
3. update the sprinkler system.
4. lay sod and spread mulch.
5. install a fence. (note: this is a pipe dream as my budget is $0 and clearly the above items will not be free. but…a girl can dream.)
next year we will get the play structure for the kids, do some plantings, build window boxes, and hopefully get a couple raised garden beds. main concern with the garden is that it will have to go in the front yard as that is where the sun hits. i think as long as we have a good fence that should be fine….?
the following year we will tackle the new front entrance-way, pergola, and patios.