Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Backyard Update

I always hate posting before photos when I have no after to show, but I also love seeing progress pictures as a reader of other people's blogs! So, I am posting these backyard photos!

Also, disclaimer: we live in California. The yard size we have is VERY typical of where we live. We have friends with bigger yards and some with smaller. Some of you from the South are probably going to look at this yard and wonder where the rest of it is and those of you in Southern California are going to think it's a ginormous yard. Ha! It's all relative!

Here is a Complete Before. We had literally done NOTHING since we moved in (not even weeded because what was the point?!):

 Here's a different angle. The only thing we had back there was our playset from our other house and the table and chairs (we only used it to sit at while the kids played in the dirt):
We decided on a few pads of concrete in the yard. After lots of discussions, plan creation, and mapping it all out, our concrete guy set the string lines, staked, and started framing:
 Here you can see the string and the framing. He did a 1% slope on everything - so that rain wouldn't pool on it.
This is standing at our slider looking into the backyard. We decided on a slab immediately to the right that is 9ft x 15ft, where we'll put a table and chairs (and probably umbrella), a walkway that goes out to a big patio, a 16ft x 30 ft slab patio, a walkway to the left that goes all the way to the end of our yard, and then a walkway that goes down the left side of the house to the front gate of our house with a bigger slab to put our trashcans on. It was a LOT of concrete. But really, that's what works for us. We really wanted an outdoor living space (couch, fireplace, bbq, etc.) and LOTS of space for the kids to ride their bikes/scooters. On the 16 x 30 slab, we're putting our gazebo, a fireplace, and then seating around the fireplace. 
 This view is standing on the left side of the yard:
 I wanted to give you an idea of what we'll see outside of our back doors:
And here was when they were pouring the concrete:
 Here's that big slab at the back of our fence, from the side:

 This is the slab that's going to house a table, chairs, and umbrella:
After he had the concrete poured, he started the process of stamping and staining it (this is the part where all of you in different parts of the world with real property say, "Oh my goodness! You can see into your neighbors yard from your second story! How on earth is there a house so close to you??" And maybe those of you in cities say, "Wow! Look at how much room you have in your yard!") Ha! This photo is taken from our second story. We're building things that should help to block the view (like the gazebo) from our neighbors:
Our concrete is currently in the process of being sealed. Once that's done, we will start building the gazebo that's sitting in our garage, installing sprinklers, laying sod, getting wood chips, planting plants, and whatever else we can think of. =) We should be finished in, say, a year? Grrrr. I hate how long projects always take! We are ALL dying to be able to use the yard!


J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How awesome! I look forward to seeing it when it's finished! I live in Texas and I think that's a big yard :) Ours is probably smaller though we wish we had bigger. It's just a rectangle with grass. Good luck with yours! It's going to be great :)

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Really?? Whenever I think of Texas, I think lots of land. =) I can't wait to see it when it's done too! Haha!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yeah it often is! I grew up with a big yard and now my parents live on 15ish acres....with cows, goats, horses :) In the city, they can be a bit smaller. We're in the burbs so ours isn't huge.

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