So I’m sure some of you are wondering, “where are these renovations she was talking about”? Well, they’re coming, just slllloooooooooowwwlly. After getting our Preliminary drawings for the addition we will be doing to the house (eventually) and finding out that it is going to cost us over twice the amount we originally were bid (because well, we added a ton of stuff LOL!), we decided to shift our attention from the house and start outside first, with our backyard. We decided to focus out attention (and money) in the backyard to start so that we can be enjoying an outdoor oasis (AND POOL!!!!) while our home is being torn apart and renovated next Summer.
A few weeks ago our landscaper who is also a friend of ours helped us draw out a vision for our backyard. It was so exciting to see our ideas and his put into drawings on paper! As I’ve mentioned before I’m a very visual person, so it helps me tremendously to see something with my own eyes instead of just trying to picture it in my mind. Once he had the main idea on paper, we were able to talk through it with him and make changes based on the initial drawing.
Drawing out EVERYTHING we’ll be planning for the backyard even though some of the items will be completed down the line is very important. That way we can make decisions and do work now that will make steps 2, 3, 4. . . .15, easier when we get to them! For instance, we are putting in a pool during phase one to be finished by this coming Spring/Summer, but the Pergola/poolside bathroom area most likely will not be completed this year. However, we have to plan for the location of the Pergola so we can run tubes underground to that location for future electrical before the pool guys cement over that area. We also have to plan the location of the future poolside bathroom so that we can run the lines to the Septic. Planning it all out ahead of time makes for less work, or not having to redo work in the future!
Our landscaper started prepping our backyard a few weeks ago for the new sprinkler system, which I posted about here: https://realestaterenovation.net/2017/09/27/time-to-get-dirty/.
A few weeks in and our yard is still dirt, even more dirty than before LOL, but actually quite a lot has been done. The sprinker lines have been run for a good portion of the backyard and the front side yard is being done at the same time since it runs off of the same water lines. Up until a few days ago our backyard had a huge trench through it where they were laying the lines. I teased my husband that was his “Lazy River” that he so desperately wants. He never said it needed to be a clean water Lazy River!
Each day there’s a bit more work done on the yard, but to me it just looks like a lot of dirt still LOL! It’s truly amazing the work that goes on under the surface that you won’t know has been done when the yard is finished; sprinkler lines run, pipes laid for future electrical to be run, soil prepped for lawn, etc. But it’s the unseen work that’s being done now that will allow my yard to stay beautiful once it’s done!
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