I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to share some backyard updates with you all, and we’re finally getting close to the finished results!
Last summer when we moved from Alabama to Ohio, we were so unprepared for the state of our yard. In Alabama folks live outside just about year round, and we’d spent ten years fluffing up our backyard until it was one of our favorite spots.
(Our Alabama backyard – see more pictures HERE. We loved that yard!)
So when we moved to a new home in Ohio we were shocked at the lack of landscaping (goodness, we had no grass!) for our first summer. For a jillion reasons we were unable to get sod or any kind of green stuff in our yard all summer long. We moved to Ohio in May, and here’s a peek of what our yard still looked like in August.
(In Alabama this would have been unheard of ~ to say it was a long summer for our 3 kids with nowhere to play outside is an understatement!)
But we learned a few things (isn’t there always something to learn?) Many nights we’d head outside, walk around our rocky yard (it was so rocky that you could hardly walk without wearing hiking boots) and imagine what we wanted for our yard.
(this is that same yard in the above picture one year later after grass and we added stone – amazing what a year will do!)
We slowly started picking up all the rocks that were in the yard (because we knew the landscapers who were handling the sod wouldn’t take care to remove smaller rocks), and ended up with a huge pile of stone that we could work with. Not knowing what to do with all that stone, we decided to slowly create a bed around one of our first flower beds. We didn’t spend a penny (other than our labor), and while it doesn’t look at all like many of the beautiful stone borders I’ve seen, it does look much better than nothing at all (and it was free! I love free . . . )
Here’s the view from our breakfast room the day our sod was finally delivered – such a glorious day (no joke!) 😉
Since last summer we’ve gotten grass (WOOHOO!) and all of our flowers have started to fill in. While we’ve paid folks to have some of the work done we’ve done a bunch of it ourselves, and I’ll be sharing what we’ve finished over the next few weeks.
Here are the basic projects we’ve been working on in our yard (I’ll show the steps over the next few weeks):
Getting grass(this was included in the purchase of our home but didn’t actually happen until almost four months after we moved in. Crazy!) Stamped concrete patio(we paid someone to do this because it was too big a project for my husband and I to do. I’ll update with pictures next soon.) Build a small deck off the breakfast roomso that we could keep our grill at the top of the steps so we could easily grill outside in the winter time. Create a flower bed using stone around the patio.
- Build a stone fireplace (this is a huge project to tackle, but my husband’s doing an incredible job and we’re saving almost $10,000 by doing it ourselves!)
Stop back next week to see more updates (above is just a peek), and follow me on Instagram if you’d like to sneak peeks as the work progresses. Such fun!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)
See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!