So we’ve talked about the front yard, let’s check out what’s around back! The crushed granite path winds all around the house.
The back yard is pretty heavy on grass. I wasn’t too keen on it at first, but now I’m really enjoying it. We have three large dogs that appreciate a big space to run, and it’s a great change from the dirt patch it was. One thing I was certain I wanted was a large space to build a raised bed garden. I had three beds on the opposite side of the house for my sprint/summer garden, and I learned quickly that was a bad plan. It was a bit too shaded for veggies, and I ran out of space quickly. So I had Debbie block off a large chunk in the sunniest spot of the yard for a garden. I chose to fill it with the granite so I wouldn’t have to battle grass or weeds growing between beds. I used what we already had available, but the plan is to have 4 tall troughs (for veggies that need a bit of shade for part of the day), 4 short troughs, and 4 long cinder block beds. You can see 1 and a quarter of the cinder block beds now. So far it’s just the right size for my fall/winter plans, but I’m looking forward to saving up for more beds and dirt come spring.
Following the path and looking to the right of the garden we have a nice green spot where our septic tank hides, and some shade trees.
Now we’re headed toward the patio!
The porch and patio were DIY projects. It’s a little wavy because we used sand we had leftover on the property instead of polymetric sand you’re supposed to use, but I still really like it. It’s a great spot for entertaining. Plus, I love that it’s nearly all made from reclaimed materials (the sand and gravel base were already here, and I found the bricks on Craigslist. Story is they’re from a century old torn down schoolhouse, all stamped with CRISP. I’m going to choose to believe that since we had to load and unload and move all 1700 by hand, while I was six months pregnant.) The only new material was the edging.
Just off the patio is a small seating area. We planned to build a swing and arbor, but then my mom offered us this amazing Pier 1 egg chair swing that she was tired of having in her yard. Um, YES PLEASE! This swing is amazing, and has become my favorite spot in the yard. The arms have a built-in pocket for books and a cup holder. Score.
Even our chicken has a sweet setup now! We built this Saltbox Chicken Coop and Planter in the spring, and now it has an official home in the yard. Our lone surviving chicken is appreciating it immensely. We’ll see how she feels when we bring home a few new friends next spring and her McMansion gets a little more crowded.
Here’s the new full view of the back of our house. There’s a new crepe myrtle to balance our original tree to the right of the patio, and Jacob got a nice new firepit for Father’s Day that we plan on breaking in this weekend. I considered moving all the kid items like the water table, swing and slide for photos but it’s a part of our lives right now so why not include it?
This back porch is what sold us on the house plan. We love it. Jacob built the railing and stairs himself and we recently had it all stained and sealed. He also wired in some outdoor lights on the top beam to light up the patio at night. I think he needs a few more clamps to straighten out that wobbly pvc though!
So that’s it folks! The end of our grand landscaping tour. I’ll make a fun before and after post to illustrate what an astounding difference professional landscaping made. It really did make it look like a whole new house!