When we were looking for a home we told the realtor two things. 1.We didn’t want a new house. 2. And we didn’t care how big the house was but we wanted a huge backyard. I love being outdoors even more than inside and gardening is a huge form of therapy for me. And with all boys, the yard is really a huge playroom for them :)
I have shown you practically my whole house and I have shown you bits and pieces of my yard, but it is hard to take a picture of my whole backyard because of the size and shape. So I thought I would draw up some plans to show you since this is where I have spent the majority of my time the last month and a half :)
When we moved in our house had sat vacant for a long time. The backyard was just gravel and weeds as tall as I am. It looked horrible. There were chunks of cement, piles of rocks, garbage, dead trees, and hard as rock dirt. I am seriously just happy to have grass! We have slowly done a project here and there. This next picture is what we would still like to add to it:
I would love to have a flagstone patio off the back of the house that extended clear over where the fountain is in the picture. On the patio and under the pergola would be where we would have out main sitting area with my door screen as a backdrop. I will plant vines to grow up the pergola.
The sandbox area I am actually really excited about I have a plan (I am not going to share at this time) that will make it pretty and not such an eye sore.
The cement pad was already here when we bought the house. We decided to build our boys a clubhouse on it. We bought the 2x4s last year and then my husband was laid off from his job. The boys have been so patient. We have promised them to build it for 3 summers now. *sigh* One day…….
I would love to build a fence around my garden. The boys and all the neighbor kids play ball in the open part of our yard and balls are always getting in the garden. They are not careful when they tromp through to retrieve them either.
The place with the fire pit is kind of like our “camping area”. My boys LOVE camping! Sometimes my husband sets up a tent over there and they sleep in the backyard. They get to feel like they are camping and I get to sleep in my comfy bed. That is what I call a win win :) We have never owned a barbeque. I would love to have another flagstone patio with a small pergola and a built in BBQ for my man :)
I would love to get some cement poured in the very back of our yard. We have access to an alley that leads to the road. It is so nice to be able to drive into the back of our yard to load up a truck with yard waste for the dump or bring in a truck load of compost back from the dump. And I think it would make a good spot for the kids to ride bikes or play basketball. I know it will cost a bloody fortune so who knows if it will ever really happen. But that is what I would like to see back there instead of weeds.
Another thing I have toyed with is the idea of a stream running through our yard. I am hesitant to add a big water feature because of the maintenance. I have a huge garden and flower beds and I am not sure I want to worry about a stream. But I have always wanted one! Maybe when I move to the country…….
What plans do you have for your yard? Or do you already have your dream space???