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Backyard Mega Makeover

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. ;-)
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 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 side yard as it looks now. All fencing is repurposed and was purchased off of Craigslist.
There had been some attempt to deal with the slope. The timbers were quite well rotted and collapsing in places.
This the west end of our yard as seen from just inside our alley gate.
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.
Flagstone stepping stones lead to a lower patio. Steps take you to the upper patio and the back porch.
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!

  • Lori J
    Lori J Broken Bow, NE
    on Jun 19, 2012

    Here is a link to some recent pictures on my FB page. A friend from another state asked for a 'tour', so I posted these.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2282307072817.63297.1703060885&type=3&l=9b7e3af4a9

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jun 19, 2012

    Lori, looks like y'all done a lot of work in 3 years. Everything looks vibrant and healthy! Great job.

  • Melody P
    Melody P Danville, VA
    on Jun 19, 2012

    You guys did a great job!!!!!!!! Lots of hard labor, but the results were worth it!!!! I'm glad you saw through the bad yard and had a vision!!!!!!!!! :0)

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