Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Plans for 2013-The Back Yard

When Mojo and I first bought our house back in May (can you believe it's been that long?) I had some really great ideas to change a few things and make it into our dream home. I don't believe that just because you may not be able to afford your dream home, doesn't mean you can't make the one you have into everything you've ever wanted.

That being said, Mojo and I have a lot of work ahead of us this year. After my accident, for obvious reasons, most of our "house to-do" list didn't get done. So this year, we've set aside funds and time to finish everything we were hoping to do last year (and then some). For the next week I'm going to go through each of the rooms in our house and set a few goals for 2013. I'm hoping that this time next year I'll be able to see that we checked everything off.

We're starting outside and working our way in, up today is the back yard. We don't have a huge backyard and to be honest, it's really kind of plain. We can't afford something elaborate, but I do want to do a couple of things to dress it up and a bit, and make it a place we would want to entertain in.

First up plants, I love these trees. the shape is fantastic, and I like the idea of using them to help give a little more privacy.

Right now, we don' have any bricks or stones surrounding our plants, but I would like to-as well as having these awesome rope lights. I think they would look beautiful in the back yard.

I absolutely love EVERYTHING about this backyard. But what I really love is the painted cement. We already have a cement slab in our backyard-and while I would love to rip out the cement and extend the wooden porch into a full fledged deck. But it's just not in the cards for this year. So, I'm loving what they did to help make the cement look so much better. 

This one currently isn't available, but I would love to have a sink in the backyard. I think it would make life so much easier, besides it's cute. 

So adorable!

I don't have any kids, but I love the idea of doing a chalkboard in the backyard. It would be so fun to decorate for outdoor parties and for when we're tending our nieces/nephews.

And finally, something that both Mojo and I agree on (I've had to talk him into a few of the other ones) a fire pit. We both have wanted one since we started even thinking about getting a house.

So to recap, our to-do list for the back yard in 2013 is-

1-Re-plant the flower beds

2-Create a stone border for the flower beds

3-Build a fire pit

4-Paint the cement for our patio

5-Find/build patio furniture

6-Set up lighting in the backyard

7-Plant a garden-not sure about this one. I have what some people refer to as a "black-thumb"

What about you? Do you have any plans you want to incorporate into your backyard/garden space when the weather gets warmer?


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Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Great plans! I'm glad you are finally going to be able to tackle the yard and the fun that comes with it. The chalkboard is one I've pinned and want to do too. Painted concrete is a fun and easy way to spruce up the slab you don't like. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

Love the plan! we finally cleaned up our yard last year but it's so freakishly hot that I think I need to put a covering or something over our patio thing to make it enjoyable. Excited to see real life pictures :)

Justin Wittock said...

Our deck was too hot to enjoy during most of the day. A pergola wouldn't provide any shade the way our house, deck, and yard are configured. By the time we get home from work the sun is already west enough to defeat our table umbrella. The solution was getting an umbrella for our table that has a 45-degree tilt feature---$50.