When we first moved in, this was the view looking towards the house from the garage. It was full of weeds and dead grass. There was also a large wooden pergola and makeshift fence that were both rotten. Our outdoor space was a hot mess that we tackled almost immediately after moving in.
We spent that first summer ripping out dead grass, laying sod and patio stones. We also dug a trench to bury an electrical outlet because there was a long electrical line running overground from the garage to the middle of nowhere. You can see it, in the second photo below.
It felt amazing to rip everything out and get rid of all the weeds and junk left by the previous home owner. By the end of the summer the back yard looked like this. A clean blank slate ready for some style!
By the end of September 2010, We had a functional backyard! Hello patio, goodbye massive weeds! When the grass was first installed, it looked amazing! It was actually, that green! No photoshop needed!
Since the summer of 2010, we have done little work in the back yard. July 2013 we finally re-shingled the garage roof. We decided to pay a contractor to complete this project. While it sucks to spend thousands of dollars on such a boring project, the peace of mind that our garage is not going to leak is worth every penny!
As you can see, it was a crucial update! It may not be a fancy or fun upgrade, but it was 100% necessary!
While we have made tons of progress, there is lots of work left to complete in our back yard. Over the next few years we hope to:
- Buy patio furniture
- Fix up and paint the fence
- Fill the planter against the garage with low maintenance perennials
- Put new siding on the garage
- Lay a gravel path around the raised garden beds and down the side of the garage.
- Touch up the paint on the house where the pergola once was
- Paint the back Door
- Add a screen door to promote air flow in the summer