Patio Makeover Series: Part I

Remember when I mentioned that our house was undergoing a landscape makeover, complete with a full patio? I explained that ever since we bought our house, the curb appeal was less than desirable. I think I was being far too generous when I referred to our landscaping as “undesirable”… you be the judge.

Landscape Makeover- Before

When we bought the house, there wasn’t a door leading out to this potential patio space. We knew one day we wanted the opportunity to entertain on a fabulous patio, so we had a window removed and replaced it with the door you see above.

For the past 9 months, this door has led to this secret garden of weeds, old tree stumps, and a whole lot of ugliness. Our “one day” is almost here, as we have added the patio blueprint to the landscaping makeover!

Landscape Makeover- Before

Standing on the “one day” patio looking out into the backyard, this is what you’d see. More weeds, old stumps, and unfortunately…even more ugliness.

Landscape Makeover- Before

Here’s a view of a walkway we hope to create leading to the patio. It’s so ugly, I don’t even think weeds want to hang out here.

Landscape Makeover- Before

We hope to ditch the red rock and take care of the random air vents that are so awkwardly being held up by old building materials…

Landscape Makeover- Before

…like this.

Landscape Makeover- Before

And possibly the worst part of this whole makeover… this random hole. According to some local research, there used to be a huge willow tree in this space that fell over in a storm. The dirt that was brought in to fill the hole must have been from a swamp-like area, because we had all things swamp growing within this mystery. Cattails, swamp grass, muddy muck… it’s in there somewhere. It’s not that I don’t love a swamp now and then, I just don’t want one growing in my yard.

Landscape Makeover- Before

On a positive note, the front yard wasn’t home to many weeds. To be honest, the front yard wasn’t home to much of anything alive.

All of our grass died when we moved in and ironically, never fully grew back. So this patchy, brown, uneven front yard needed to be taken care of as well.

Landscape Makeover- Before

See what I mean? Hopefully with some new grass, our neighbors will stop wondering about the only brown lawn on the block.

Landscape Makeover- Before

While we’re at it, we hope to add a little more pizazz to this area as well. We plan to relocate what’s here and add some larger, more attractive plants. Hello fabulous curb appeal.

Landscape Makeover- Before
Clearly, our property needs some serious TLC. As much as I wish we could DIY this makeover, this job is far larger than this DIY Rookie and her handsome +1 can handle. 
With a lot of debate, some serious research and tedious number crunching, we have decided to hire this project out to the professionals. Matt and I are excited to hand over our to-do list to some local pros and see how they can take this weed friendly space and transform it into one that can grow grass. Is that too much for a girl to ask? 

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