Yes, this is the first week I'm back at work. We thought just to kick it up an extra notch, we'd start the backyard renovations!!!
Ok, ok, that's not super true. We've been hassling the guy to start for 3 weeks now. :) I want the backyard usable for the summer, yo!
What's wrong with our current backyard? Like, everything. The ground is a jimble-jamble of different paving stones, dirt, gravel, weed, rusty nails, etc. Ugh.
The little "mud room" attached to the house? Well, not actually attached - sort of leany-on fally-offy - is THE WORST. Seriously looks like it may collapse at any moment. I applaud the theory, but the execution was poor.
Between none of the pavers is limestone, it's just dirt, so there are major weed battles every year. It can pretty easily look like a forest back there in no time.
You can see the random mint bed on the side of the fence there. Only mint will grow, it doesn't get a lot of sun. And it leaks dirt into the neighbour's yard and she complains.
Underneath the muskoka chair is GRAVEL (with weeds). Is that a nice place for a baby to play? No.
There is also plenty of concrete edging to trip over and fall and hurt yourself if you are a baby.
Not shown is an herb harden that actually wasn't too bad. It had Chinese chives and spicy lettuce grow every spring, and in general herbs did ok there - I had some nice basil, sage, that sort of thing. But Adrian will make me a cedar planter, so I hope to recreate it in another location!
The plan: Tear down the "mud room", add a cedar deck (yes, I'm blowing all our reno fund on the backyard this year. So it goes. I love the smell of cedar, and it lasts a long time, etc.), bust out a patio door where the window is, brick up the current doorway, pave the backyard in recycled tires (easy for baby to play on), electrify the garage. Add a cheapo awning to the deck (because I spent all our money on cedar), shazam!
The bricking up of the interior kitchen door will actually allow for more kitchen storage, as we then can add nice pantry (think ~IKEA with pull out shelves) to fit loads and loads of kitchen appliances and dry goods.
Day 1: (chaos)