Backyard
2013 Year in Review – Part 2: The Side Yard

2013 Year in Review – Part 2: The Side Yard

2012 Yard in Review

2012 Yard in Review

2012 has been a big year for the ol’ landscaping project. We pretty much finished the fence around the property and completed the majority of the hardscaping in the front yard. Here’s a little walk through of the yard to see everything in context. In total the fence spans almost 175 feet, including the sections...
Our New Privacy Policy

Our New Privacy Policy

After living in this house for just over 3 years, we came to the conclusion that we would like some private outdoor space to call our own. We live on a corner and up to this point our small backyard has been exposed to the street and our neighbors casual glances. Not that our neighbors...
Revenge of the Sinkhole

Revenge of the Sinkhole

This is just one of so many times when a project takes a completely unexpected turn. I was digging a 2 ft deep trench from the house to bring power to the garage. One section of the trench wasn’t deep enough and when I began to scrape the bottom, some of the dirt gave way....
Tagged

Tagged

Some outstanding citizen tagged our house Friday night. This exterior wall is around the back of the house, so they had to really want to do this and walk up the driveway, into the back yard and step over some bricks I dug up last year. To all graffiti artists, taggers and scumbags: If you’re...
Every rose has its thorn

Every rose has its thorn

In the year since we replanted our ten rose bushes, about half of the roses flourished and half have not done so well. The issue was random, we had happy roses next to sad roses, which was curious because each plant was receiving pretty much equal sun and water. A couple weeks ago I caught...
The Pipe of Mystery

The Pipe of Mystery

Sometimes when you dig in your yard, you find some crazy junk. We’ve found bones, matchbox cars, marbles, brick walkways, concrete walkways, potato chip bags and…a pipe. Not just any old pipe either. While moving dirt around with the Bobcat last year, we uncovered a strange concrete dome with a metal pipe in the center,...
Drawing up some plans

Drawing up some plans

With our backyard finally free of major obstructions, it’s a lot easier to visualize potential options for the space. Having really never designed a yard before, it’s hard to imagine the virtually infinite hardscaping and landscaping options. So, I dusted off my old mechanical pencils from high school architecture class (yes, I still have them)...
Bringing in the big guns

Bringing in the big guns

Right about now you might be asking, “why are you doing all this?” Good Question. At this point we weren’t sure. After tearing down and replacing the old retaining wall, it was a cascade of one thing after another. We didn’t set out to redo the backyard entirely, it just kinda happened.The backyard was pretty...
Cleaning the Slate

Cleaning the Slate

We moved a lot of dirt and got rid a lot of mess and debris in order to get the backyard closer towards a clean slate. It was a lot of work up to this point, but the tough stuff was about to begin. Late Summer last year we decided to fully clear out the...
Dishing the Dirt

Dishing the Dirt

After our retaining wall was built, we had quite a bit of displaced dirt and other debris, which we piled up in the backyard. For almost a year since then, we’ve just been trying to get things cleaned up and back to normal in order to do something with that space. Here’s a quick overview...
In the begining...we had junk in the trunk

In the begining…we had junk in the trunk

When we first toured our house, we didn’t really pay much attention to the backyard. Or the front yard for that matter. Coming from living in apartments for almost 15 years, I don’t think we really knew what exactly to look for in a yard. A month or two after moving in, we realized, “Oh,...