You might remember this post that I wrote last fall, which featured a gorgeous pergola addition to a North Carolina mountainside backyard. Well, last week I ended up finding my way back to Penny’s blog The Comforts of Home, and this time I discovered a really great project that involved adding a path. When Penny and her husband went to see this house for the first time, they were a little confused about where the front door was. Once they realized it was nothing more than a careless weedy dirt path that would take them there, they knew that adding a proper pathway was at the top of their list.
After a few truckloads of dirt were hauled in to help raise the slanted side yard, a path made of pavers was installed. Ferns, evergreens, and other perennials were added, and a charming iron archway was put up. The surrounding area was finished with a lovely chunky mulch, and the results are fantastic! I would love to have a side yard like this, but we haul a trailer through our yard on a pretty regular basis, so for now I will just swoon over Penny’s impressive yard. -erin
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Images from: The Comforts of Home
Living in a ranch house myself, I’m always up to see what other people are doing with the yards and spaces that occupy the front of their short but lengthy one stories. I’ve personally found the design aspect to be a bit of a challenge since I don’t want to compete with the height of the house, and also because the layout is so different than most houses seem to be. I had a really hard time starting on my own update, but this particular Before & After reminded me that you just have to start somewhere. Read the full post
Yesterday I received an email from a woman named Megan Cain saying that she saw that I’m in search of more Before & After photos. She also said that she recognized my name and realized that she has one of my block printed key racks hanging on her wall, which I used to make and sell on Etsy. Crazy! Anyway, Megan and her husband bought a home on a builder’s lot in the fall of 2006, and as you can imagine, the lot wasn’t much more than a crunchy swath of compact dirt. Thankfully, with lots of hard work and dedication, the yard is looking a hundred times better now. This is a shot of the backyard, to give you an idea of what the lot looked like when they started. Read the full post
It took me awhile to round up this week’s before & after because, let’s face it- we’re in the thick of the winter season and nobody is doing yard projects, and if they are I haven’t seen any evidence. Anyway. My persistence finally paid off and I found this great little shed makeover that I thought you guys would enjoy. Melodye from Shabby Glam said that her mother-in-law’s shed was in desperate need of repair, but the quote she received was $3,000. Woah! So, Melodye and her husband flew out to Boston over Labor Day weekend to help with the project.
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I found this blog called Do or DIY a couple days ago and when I revisited it to see if she had published any other before & after articles, I was a bit let down to realize that the blog only survived over the course of a few short posts. *Sigh*….oh well. Anyway, I was excited to see this project because I haven’t focused on too many slope makeovers in my posts so I thought it would be a good one to include. I was drawn to this particular project because I have a few areas like this in my own yard and I’m always at a loss as to whether I should keep the more rustic look with the old stacked limestone or if I should clean it up a bit like this girl chose to do in her own yard.
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I’m in the midst of planning a few raised garden beds, so naturally I was drawn to this colorful backyard makeover by blogger and textile/graphic designer, Yaling Hou of Observation Diary. Yaling and her husband moved to the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago and they’re having a wonderful time fixing up their first house. They’ve done a terrific job with their backyard and I think that Read the full post
Today we’re visiting a backyard transformation by a Jerry Galanti, who you may remember from last summer. I published two projects of his and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you another! As you can see, this yard started off as a long and narrow stretch of patchy grass, a perfect foundation for big ideas. The homeowners wanted an English garden as well as an area that they could grow their own vegetables and entertain friends and family in. They’re also avid campers so something to help simulate the camping experience was on the list as well. Read the full post