Almost There

From the day we bought the Little House, I knew that the backyard would have to go. The large Austin stone structures took up the entire yard, making it feel tiny and giving us little functional entertaining space (let alone any space for the puppies to play).

Hot Tub Before

yard Before 2

Yard Before

There have been points during this backyard remodel that I’ve looked around me at the piles of concrete and dirt and rebar and thought that there was no way we’d ever get the project done. It was too big for us. We took on too much. What were we thinking?!

Little House Big Heart Backyard Demo

LHBH Backyard Demo

And then we reached a turning point. With a little help from our friends, we removed the giant dead hot tub… and found our yard in the process (click on the panorama below to see it better).

photo 2

We could see it now. We could see our plans taking shape. Before you knew it, we had a shiny crushed granite patio.

Little House. Big Heart. - Decomposed Granite Patio How To

There was only one thing left to finish the hardscape: the grass.

Little House Big Heart Grass  Little House Big Heart Sod

Little House Big Heart Sod Flagstone Landing

We finally, finally have a real backyard. If we stopped working on it today it could still be called “finished”.

But we’re not done, not by a long shot. Now comes the fun part… accessorizing!

Check back tomorrow for a sod-laying how-to from Kevin!


21 thoughts on “Almost There

  1. Oh wow! What a transformation – you must be really, really thrilled. I can imagine having all those big structures out there really weighing on you knowing that you had to tackle them at some point.

  2. Wow, seeing the before and after pics all together is awesome, really helps seeing all the changes. I’d love to have a lush green backyard like that!

  3. It looks absolutely fantastic! You both did such a wonderful job. So much work- but it totally looks like it was worth it. My backyard is something I REALLY need to work on. For starters- we need a fence. Not just for privacy, but so my pup can run free in his own yard!
    Congrats on all the hard work. Its gorgeous!

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