Like the rest of the country, I am banging on the glass to get outside again. This has been one of the coldest winters on record for many parts of the U.S. and I’m at the point right now where I’m seeing “Day Light Savings” about to spring us forward and to me, that means nothing short of spending a few more hours of my day enjoying the sun.
To further my anticipation of this yearly occurance, we have been slowly and surely planning an overhaul for our back yard. We bought our house exactly one year ago next week and we’ve been busy working on the interior (note the kitchen remodel…no, still not completely done. Will post photos when it is) and we have had this spring scheduled for the back yard. What has made this of even further importance to us, however is the news of a FREE, yes, FREEEEEEEE hot tub being given to us by a friend of the family. Good news is, well, it’s a hot tub and it’s free. Bad news is, we need to pick it up A.S.A.P. but we don’t currently have anywhere but the expanse of grass in our yard to put it on.
Our yard, like so many others in our area, came complete with nothing but a small slab of concrete outside our back door, a huge square lot of grass and two meager, lonely little trees anchoring each corner (seriously, so sad).
What I’m dreaming of, and what we’re researching now, is how to create functional spaces in a way that will make the entire yard a useable space. Here are some inspiration photos I’ve found:
I love this pergula and would like to do this over the entire back of my house, which will have the hot tub, a.k.a. party pool anchoring one end and a bar/grill area anchoring the other.
I’m hoping for flag stone for the entire patio. I had a bid this past week to pour concrete and I almost fainted…who’d have thought? Because so much of the price is in the labor, I think we can do THIS ourselves and only pay for the materials…pricing this weekend, so I’ll let you know.
I love the overall FEEL of this space, with it’s cozy red and teak furniture. The landscaping softens everything and gives it such an organic feel. I have visions of wrapping up in a light blanket with a glass of wine and good company here.
I 100% LOVE the gauzy draperies. What a fantastic way to create romantic softness to an out door room…very African Safari-ish.
As you could see from my “now” photos, I have a LOT of ugly fence that would look fantastic covered in morning glories or softened with trees and gorgeous, tall shrubs. I love the intimate little sitting area that draws you to the edge of this garden.
This water feature would be so easy to make and would look so great as a focal point in the middle of the entire yard…OR….
I’m thinking fire pit with benches or chairs place around it, which would, as I said, make the very center of the yard a usable space. I did some research and found that they really aren’t that hard to build:
Something like this is pretty inexpensive and could be done in a weekend. I’m envisioning marsh mellow roasts and fire side gatherings. I think I’m pretty much leaning towards this more than the water feature…what do you think?
At any rate, I’m just excited at the idea of being outside, getting my hands dirty!
Anyone else have any visions or plans for their yards?