Whenever Abby or Adam looked into their backyard, they were greeted by a hideous rotted wood fence that was far from any sort of privacy shield. Being new homeowners, they were big on ambition and change, and also slightly motivated by their neighbor’s two-tone, half painted house. To their neighbor’s defense, I too am sporting a two-tone house, and I am less than proud of going through another winter this way…..but you know how things go. Ahem, at any rate, the two of them got to work and soon they were well on their way to the backyard they had envisioned. Read the full post
I received a lovely Before & After from Claire over at The Garden Diaries last week and I’m excited to share it with you guys today. What was once just a plain set of steps up the side of a grassy hill has become a fantastic hillside retreat nestled into a slope that leans right next to the house.
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I found this week’s makeover just a few minutes ago over at a blog called Sullivan and Murphy, and as soon as I’m finished typing this entry up I’m going to head back over to swoon just a bit more. As you can see from this before shot, the backyard wasn’t much more than your typical big, sunny spread of land. Well, all that has since changed, and the makeover is absolutely stunning. Read the full post
When I saw the “before” shot of this cozy backyard, I knew the transformation had to be good. I found the makeover on a blog called The Urban Self-Suffiicientist and the owner said that their main goal was to provide better drainage and give their dogs a place to run around without getting super muddy. So, in came a couple loads of gravel and soon it was spread across the entire backyard. Read the full post
I saw this post and it reminded me how much faster projects go when you have an entire group of people helping vs. being alone or maybe having help from just one person. Jami over at An Oregon Cottage posted these before & after shots and it made me realize that I need to do this with my friends next year when I start digging our pond. Read the full post
Sometimes I come across these great blogs that were only in existence for a short while before their owner decided to pick up and head out, and unfortunately, The Hesitant Gardener is one of them. But judging by the projects, these people have to be pretty busy, and there’s probably no way to maintain a blog and finish projects and work and do a hundred other things. Hopefully this particular blogger is finding time to enjoy her new hammock area, because it’s pretty great. Read the full post
The story behind this Before & After is really sweet. Kent’s brother and siser-in-law were going through some difficult times with health and finances, due to a closing small business, and maintaining their backyard was probably the last thing on their to-do list. And, making chores nearly impossible, Kent’s sister-in-law had to travel to a month long pain management course for migraine sufferers. Being that she’d be gone for so long, he wanted to turn the couple’s backyard into a nice retreat that they could find some solitude in. The problem was that Kent didn’t have enough money to fund something like this, so it felt more like a pipe dream than anything else. But of course you know I wouldn’t be posting this if there wasn’t a happy ending… Read the full post