Backyard Mega Makeover

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When we bought this old house three summers ago, the backyard was a nightmare. I remember standing on the back porch with the realtor and saying, "Wow, this could be beautiful." She looked at me as if I were out of my mind. ;-)
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, The side yard before shot The old retaining wall and fence sat at least 2 feet onto our neighbor s property They are grand folks and would never make an issue of it but it was clear that any new fencing walls needed to correct it
The side yard before shot. The old retaining wall and fence sat at least 2 feet onto our neighbor's property. They are grand folks, and would never make an issue of it, but it was clear that any new fencing/walls needed to correct it
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, The view of the backyard from the south side of the house And it is already missing the very very sad privacy fence a failing wooden mess that our lab found himself running right through when chasing a ball
The view of the backyard from the south side of the house. And it is already missing the very, very sad 'privacy fence'--a failing wooden mess that our lab found himself running right through when chasing a ball!
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, The side yard as it looks now All fencing is repurposed and was purchased off of Craigslist
The side yard as it looks now. All fencing is repurposed and was purchased off of Craigslist.
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, There had been some attempt to deal with the slope The timbers were quite well rotted and collapsing in places
There had been some attempt to deal with the slope. The timbers were quite well rotted and collapsing in places.
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, This the west end of our yard as seen from just inside our alley gate
This the west end of our yard as seen from just inside our alley gate.
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, Gate from side yard with upcycled what a nice way to say we hauled concrete rubble from the dump pathway There was a gate of sorts here but nothing more than a muddy path
Gate from side yard with upcycled (what a nice way to say we hauled concrete rubble from the dump) pathway. There was a gate of sorts here, but nothing more than a muddy path.
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, Flagstone stepping stones lead to a lower patio Steps take you to the upper patio and the backporch
Flagstone stepping stones lead to a lower patio. Steps take you to the upper patio and the back porch.
  • backyard mega makeover, gardening, outdoor living, patio, porches, An old view from the neighbor s backyard After demolishing those rotting timbers we found a collapsing cement retaining wall behind it
An old view from the neighbor's backyard. After demolishing those rotting timbers, we found a collapsing cement retaining wall behind it.

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    • Erica Glasener
      Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
      on Jun 19, 2012

      Lori, It looks great. You accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. My garden was nothing but english ivy when we bought our home 6 years ago. Makes you glad you took the before pictures. Great job!

      • Nancy Q
        Nancy Q Powhatan, VA
        on Jun 19, 2012

        I think you have done a great job. Would love to see some more pictures, was having a hard time getting my bearings on the whole layout. Big thumbs up!