Backyard Stories

Our backyard is going to require multiple posts because in some ways it is lovely and just right, like the mature trees casting shade all summer long and the pretty flowers that seem to fade only to have another color pop up somewhere else soon after. But in other ways it is a monster. Actually there is only one monster and it is our hole of a pool, but that’s not the topic of this post. It will be a later topic so just wait to see how that adventure is going – insert wry laugh and probably an eye roll too, ha. Today we are talking about the other side of our backyard, the one we call “The Small Yard”. The small yard is where the previous owners planted a continuously flowering paradise. It started off with this cherry tree at the first hint of Spring earlier this year. img_4014

It continued with lilacs, azaleas, day lilies, hydrangea, hostas, and the mystery of what’s to come in the Fall. There was really nothing wrong with this space a chain saw and some pruning shears couldn’t easily fix, but I started to notice something. We had a long driveway that we didn’t use and a barn “garage” that was built to house two 1960’s model cars and would never be able to hold our cars. Now, pardon the results of our chainsaw and pruning shears in the pic below, but we had this whole big space that wasn’t used.

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I stood in the driveway staring at this space one morning, and then again later in the day, and made my husband stare at it when he got home as I explained my idea. He loved it – win!- and 2 hours later he had given us a completely different and much more usable space.

See that fence to the right in the pic above? It’s gone. Well, relocated would be more accurate. We moved it so standing in that same spot now looks like this:

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So while we used to see this when we walked into our backyard,

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Now we see this,

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I don’t know about you, but I also see a pergola and a fireplace 😉 ….in due time.

Now that our “small yard” isn’t so small anymore, we have changed a few other plans we originally had for the inside of the house, like where we might add a powder room. And we opened up the possibility of bringing main floor laundry into our lives.

I said in my post about our kitchen refresh that I don’t like to make big design decisions until I have lived in the space and seen just how our family uses it, or doesn’t use it, so I can create a plan based on our needs. Determining the best uses of the space we have to work with for us is so important because our homes are ultimately a place for making memories with our family and I can see this space becoming a place that holds many family memories.

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