Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Backyard Makeover, Before Pictures!!

Okay, I am embarrassed happy to show you the before pictures of where our yard was six weeks ago.  I hate to admit it, but we neglected our backyard for the last two years, with the exception of mowing and watering of course!  But this year, I have had lots of plans.  I love to create beautiful spaces for us to enjoy and gather with family and friends.  So this year, we have been working away at creating just that! 

For years, I put off getting my girls a trampoline simply because I didn't want it to be the main focus of our somewhat small back yard.  Well, it has become just that!  But with the amount of fun and endless love for playing and jumping on this thing, it's so worth it!  So how can I configure this yard not to revolve around this trampoline?  I think by creating beautiful distractions.  Now let's be real, it's not like it's going to vanish out of site and not be noticed at all.  But it will have it's own place and not be the main focus anymore.. I hope anyway! ;)


Unfortunately our maple tree was killed by bugs this past year.  What a bummer!!  And that wasn't the only thing that they got to.  My two lilac bushes on each side were victims as well. :*(  Now that's a triple whammy! 

Aside from two dead bushes and one tree, notice the grass growing right into the flower beds?  Yikes!  This is neglect at it's best.  Lot's of work to be done here!  

Our fence needs to be replaced BADLY!  That is something that might have to wait a bit longer.. but I'm sure there are things we can do to fix it up a little until we can replace it (aka, trim down the newer boards so they are the same height as the existing fence boards!!!!!) haha!


















 My patio is really crowded in these pictures.. We have a large herb planter that I built last summer, our BBQ, a smoker grill, and an old black picnic table I picked up at a yard sale several years ago for $10.00.  We have had many years with this table, but it's time to retire it off of my patio!  I have bigger plans for this patio.  I've always wanted a farmhouse table, but my dining room is just too small for one, so my patio is the next best spot!  But how will I fit it with all this other clutter on here?!  And some of this clutter is necessary!  Like the grilles!  We have to have those out here.. and in a convenient spot too.  I was scratching my head for some time trying to get this problem figured out.  Well, rest assured, I came up with a great plan!  You'll just have to check back to see what I came up with!
























Notice the tree to the right growing into the roof!?  I am known for not reading tags on shrubs/trees/flowers/everything!!!  I didn't realize it was a tree I had purchased!  I thought it was a cute little shrub, well, low and behold, my little shrub had a major growth spurt! :)  So we are moving him to take the place of my dead maple tree.  He will have room to grow and thrive over there! 


 I have a new fire pit and four Adirondack chairs waiting to be arranged out here!  At the moment there is no room!!  But I have a plan!  This space will be transformed into a lovely and inviting seating area.


Well, now you have seen the bad, the ugly, and the neglected.  So check back soon for my big reveal on what we've been working on for the past six weeks!!  It's a pretty dramatic difference, for a low cost backyard makeover!  As always, thanks for stopping by, and for your comments!  Have a great week!

Jen