From Dirt Patch to Charming Conversation Space


It’s a charming conversation space now, but it started out as a sad dirt patch. The transformation is a must-see!

Hubby rounded out the space, which looks so much better! I laid down some weed cover, and recyclable mulch. The final layer was a bunch of white stones.


I couldn’t find any Before-Before pictures. This is as close as I could find. When we first moved in, the space jetted out into the lawn, and was covered in weeds and ivy and had a small tree in the middle. It just didn’t fit. We cleared it out the best we could and it stayed like this for a year or so.

After a long time and not a lot of effort, this is the big reveal of our conversation space.

It’s a “thing” in our neighborhood to have Adirondack chairs in your front yard. I would always sit on the front stoop to wait for Stepson to get home from school, so this is a much nicer spot to sit out front and watch the world go by.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • JB
    on Sep 13, 2016

    Is there any shade? Looks like it might be quite hot sitting there...

    • Jeanette
      on Mar 8, 2018

      I like it and would make one, but there are too many hardwood trees in my yard. Would look awful after the first season's dead leaves were cleaned away. Maybe I could use brown stones.

  • George Hopwood
    on Sep 14, 2016

    What are the BOOTS for?

    • Bethann
      on Mar 9, 2018

      Maybe the boots are there just in case the ish gets deep in the comment section :D (I couldn't resist either:)

  • Kathy Davis Crumpton
    on Apr 15, 2018

    I am wanting to do similar to a dirt area to put my fire pit table and chairs on. The problem is one side has an underground spring keeping it muddy and wet. Any ideas to allow drainage yet still be usable?

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  • Susie
    on Dec 6, 2018

    sorry I think that's a dumb thing to do I think I would have planned it all kinds of flowers and leafy plants like hostas. Making it a sitting area is kind of stupid it's open and dumb and like I said above no shade and what are the dumb boots sitting there for.

    • Vfr34113248
      on Dec 15, 2018

      How rude u can be!! Sometimes u need to keep your mean comments to yourself! Maybe she not going to sit out there when it’s sunmy! Maybe she likes the sun?

      inthink it looks great!!!

  • Amy Boon
    on Mar 3, 2020

    I can't keep my grass alive because it's so shady and there is nowhere to sit so I love this idea! It solves so many other problems for me design wise too. Thank you


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