Friday, May 20, 2011

A Backyard Tour & DIY Summer List

An alternate title: "What I'll do on my next 10 summer vacations." Oy!

{Picture heavy post ahead. You've been warned!}

When we looked at this house two years ago, one of my favorite things was the backyard. It was so private and green (you know, except for the no-grass-dirt-yard thing) and I rejoiced in the fact that I was getting my dream with mature trees + DIY needs. The yard is small, so I want to make the most of it.

Immediately after we moved, we pulled out some shrubs, tore a rotting side deck out, removed a tree, and added sod in what I like to affectionately call "The Great Mess of 2009."


Last year I spent my entire summer building a bunk bed (yeah it took me that long) so I didn't make any real progress in the backyard... but now I have a blog to keep me motivated!

Here's my big to do list for our backyard:

- Remove all the wire from the backs of the bench decks, build a new support behind the benches to maintain and increase the green wall look while increasing the comfort level for bench sitters.

- Fill in the gaps in the bench backs with 2x4's for a more solid look.

- Add cushions, tables, and other wonderfully colorful and soft items for instant fabulousness.

- String up some more twinkle lights, 'cause I'm all about the twinkle lights.

- Convert back door into a dutch door, and paint it a fun color.

- Add a planter box underneath back window for some more green.

- Landscape under pine trees what we little we'll be able to -- any suggestions?

- Dig up rotting railroad ties and add stone pathway to potting bench and compost pile

- Add a hammock? I just might! I'm a fan of lounging.

- Build a door for the "shed" below the treehouse to keep kiddos out.

- Paint treehouse exterior trim and door, and "decorate" interior, what fun!

-Get some flowers to grow in the empty garden beds. 

- Remove wooden pathway (it's in really bad shape) and replace with stones or pavers leading to the side garden.

-Speaking of the side garden, remove the back gate so we can take advantage of that space too.

-Remove cement from side garden (doesn't that sound like fun?) and use the below inspiration photo to transform the space into an awesome party zone. Or at least a useable space.

It goes without saying that these projects will undoubtedly span many years, and I'm sure by the time I cross the last one off my list I'll have an even longer list of new changes. I think it's safe to say I have an addiction.

I can't wait to get my hands dirty... bring on the sun!


  1. Wowzers!!! That is a huge undertaking!! Wish you the best of luck in finishing your project. Can't wait to see the finished product : )

  2. Anna, it looks so beautiful already. I love the Dutch door idea and the window boxes. I have never seen a wood walkway like you get splinters on your feet? Can't wait to see the progress as you go.

  3. Wow, that is a list and a half! Good luck with it, I hope there are many many sunny days to finish it AND enjoy it :) Just came across your blog and am excited to see more.

  4. You have an awesome yard and fantastic ideas.

  5. Sleeping in a hammock has some real advantages over sleeping in a tent once you get used to it. Chief among them is mobility: best backyard hammock


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