Guys, I'm not sure I've ever been so excited about a blog post before! We spent the last eight weeks renovating the outside of our home. It's been an INTENSE + INSANE amount of work, but as we look out at what's been accomplished we are full of joy + gratitude + thankful for the ability to do the work! We've spent every spare minute for two months working on this project - that meant full weekends + late weeknights. We even planted trees at 10pm on a weeknight during a wind storm - we are seriously crazy!
Our goal is to sell our home at some point (though now we want to wait a little longer than we initially planned - for obvious reasons)! Our realtor told us that we would get the most bang for our buck by focusing on updating the outside of our home. We knew it had to be done at some point - there was absolutely ZERO landscaping and dying grass and a rusty awning. It was quite the sight! We initially thought a bit of landscaping and sprucing up. But it turned into a FULL-BLOWN overhaul!
Daniel and I love love love design and make a great team when it comes to home projects. He designs and manages high-end cabinetry projects for a living so he has the ability to draft up all of our ideas on his computer. Back in April, we drafted up our plans for the yard. Daniel came up with the entire layout of the property and followed our city's and our water company's suggestions for a "water-wise" landscape - basically meaning less grass and more hardscaping. By following their rules we actually earned $2,000 back on our project!
While Daniel came up with the overall layout + design, and did much of the grunt work himself, I was in charge of the fun stuff - the landscape design, plants, furniture, pillows, rug, lighting, etc.! I planted almost every. single. plant by myself (talk about back pain), learned how to install a drip system, stained the fire pit and table/benches, put together furniture, kept the toddler entertained, and was the resident clean-up person!
We hired out the initial grading of the land - our entire property was ripped up down to just dirt. We also hired out an entirely new irrigation system. Daniel hired a friend of ours to help with many aspects of our project - together they laid sod, mulch, rock, pavers, and our friend also painted our pergola for us (and probably some other things I'm forgetting)! We also hired out new fencing, tree removal, and electrical work for the lighting under our pergola.
On his own, Daniel tore down our old (rusty + broken) awning, built a new pergola, and built decorative walls for behind our grilling area and to hide our trash + recycle bins. He custom-built the fire pit (if you can believe it - it's INCREDIBLE). He built the wooden structure, the concrete top, and then installed a gas insert. Daniel also designed and built the table + benches - we got the idea from a World Market set we saw, but knew we build do it cheaper ourselves! It is QUITE the table. Super substantial and can comfortably seat 14 people! He also built me a 17-foot garden bed and built Kya an in-ground trampoline. I wasn't exactly on board with the trampoline idea at first - but I'm SO glad we have it! Kya LOVES it! Our yard is truly both adult + kid friendly!
Let me know if you have questions about where we got something you see pictured! I can definitely get you the information! And *be sure* to scroll to the bottom for BEFORE photos - you will be shocked at the transformation!