Our Backyard… A Work in Progress… Flashback

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Here’s a post from early last fall.  Next week I’m going to show you our side-yard that we’ve been working on lately…

We moved into our house at the end of September 2007.  We purchased a home from a foreclosure auction.  We got a great house for a great price.  The previous owners had lived in it for only about 6 months after it was built;  so the inside still had all white walls, basic builder carpet & linoleum.  All the outside had died.  Almost a year of no watering had killed the beautiful landscaping the builders had done to the front yard.  The backyard had dirt, weeds and some dead sod (although no sprinkler system).

So, we knew we had a HUGE undertaking and there still is a HUGE list of things we’d love to do even 2 years later.  I thought I’d share with you the improvements we’ve done to our backyard in the last two years.  Here’s some pics of what the yard looked like when we moved in…

After clearing out the dead sod and weeds our 1st task was putting in drainage and our sprinkler system.

Next my Dad and a good friend of the family helped us pour cement to put a walkway on the narrow side of the house + a patio area on the far side of the yard.  Here’s a pic in process…

Next we prepped for our paver patio.  Lots of gravel and sand were delivered and there were many wheelbarrow trips.

The sod came in next…  it’s amazing what a lot of green does to a yard.

Finally this last spring we got the pavers in.  Check out what our yard looks like now…

Here’s a close-up of the pavers… we laid them, and I’m hoping to never lay pavers again (smile).  I love how they look, but it’s a LOT of work.

Here’s a view of the grass and plants along the back fence…

Hope you enjoy a glimpse of my backyard… can’t wait to show you our progress on the side-yard.


  1. GREAT before and after pics! I'm planning a makeover for our patio this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. the yard look great. I learned a new word – "sod". We call it grass, lawn, sometimes the type of grass – couch, blue couch etc here in Australia. I have only ever heard of sod n terms of animal feed. 🙂

  3. So awesome! I bet that's the best feeling of being DONE! I have a new home and I feel your pain my backyard is DIRT we're about to start on the drainage and concrete too.

  4. You are blessed to have such a large and beautiful space.
    It was a lot of work but it has paid off in spades. Bravo!

  5. It looks great–love the pavers. I have told my family that the backyard is a priority–it is in need of some serious help!

  6. Looks great! We built our house and moved in November 2007. Our back yard still looks like it did then…but we are getting some sod soon and have started the planting beds. I can't wait to get it done! It just takes so much time, money, and effort we have to do one thing at a time! Thanks for the inspiration….I especially love your pavers!

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