Outdoor Update: Front Yard Progress

Jan 31

Oh, the front yard. How I can’t wait for this part of the landscaping to be finished. Although, I can’t really say “finished”, because next year or the year following (depends on how much money I win in the lottery) the front of the house will change. With the kitchen remodel, figure we might as well roll all of the additional home remodel improvements into one, big, messy (expensive) job, right? I’ll share more about the house changes another time…because really…I’m still a mess over the ideas and it’s going to take time to sort it out, come up with a design, meet with an architect, structural people, etc.

Anyway, tangent much? Back to the front yard!

This area, as you can see, is in desperate need of ground coverage…..

 

 

 

Dirt as far as the eye can see.

The entire property pretty much looked like this at move-in. I’m slowly making my way around the house perimeter. If you remember, I started the landscaping work under the swing set, since the kids needed somewhere to play. Then worked my way to the backyard and around the swimming pool. Now we’ve made our way to this side and front yard area.

It’s slow going up here in front because the work is happening only on the weekends. That and the fact this property is so incredibly un-level and has never seen a sprinkler head. Using the rototill in this front yard hasn’t been easy with roots and rocks and garbage buried underneath all of this dirt. Good times!

Sadly, in this post I’m not sharing a final reveal. Gosh, how I wish I was! The final reveal will come around in the next 2-3 weeks, I would guess. Today instead I’m sharing the progress made over the last 3 weekends.

On the first weekend, we decided where the sprinkler heads would be placed and defined the pathways; a path from the driveway to the front door and a path from the front door around to the left side yard. Again, keeping in mind this front area will change in the next few years, I didn’t want to plan for anything too permanent. For the paths I’ll be using large stepping stones and possibly gravel or sand for the stones to sit in. And I’m lining the paths with low hedges to create some kind of interest in front.

To sum up weekend #1, we figured out how much dirt and top soil we might need. You can see here just how uneven the property is…

 

 

We played around with the paths, using spray paint to determine placement…

 

 

 

And decided on sprinkler head placement. This also helped us figure out how much sprinkler piping we needed. Love the little sea of dirt and flags, don’t you?…

 

 

Isn’t my front entry so welcoming and glamorous?…

 

 

Weekend #2 we started in on the sprinkler piping, sprinkler head install and some of the path defining work. Here was the view from my front door for a week – lovely…

And yet another glamorous walkway of plywood and red tape…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sprinklers were coming along…

 

 

Bend-a-board to define paths and planters…

 

 

This is the back corner of the left side yard. Where the large dirt pile is sitting is where my future garden will be…

Here I am standing in the future garden looking toward the backyard…

Can’t wait to get these fences up too! There will eventually be a fence and nice gate here. Fences go up in  couple weeks. Super excited about that!…

And this is the view from the garden area out toward the front yard…

 

It’s going to be amazing when that sod goes down!

Weekend #3, which was last weekend, brought us more defined paths…

 

 

 

More dirt for leveling…

 

And the sprinkler valves were installed…

This leaves us where we are today, before weekend #4 begins tomorrow…

 

 

 

Speaking of weekend #4, what we have planned for this weekend is more leveling and working on the paths. There will also be some rototilling going on. I’m guessing another 2-3 weekends before the sod goes down, but wow – what a difference that is going to make, right? Can. Not. Wait.

I know what I’ll be up to this weekend and hope you have something planned at your own house. Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway…2 winners are going to win a Hot Iron Holster!…

Enter right here.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. sara says:

    It's going to look so amazing!

  2. […] after I shared this post a few weeks ago, the only update I have for you guys is that the sprinkler heads are on, the ground […]

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