Our back and front yard areas are getting a major renovation! Check out all the details.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how long I’ve wanted an outdoor/exterior renovation. This year will mark the fifth year of living in our house and I’ve wanted it done from day one, ha! But we all know that renovations need money and we’re finally ready to get these areas renovated!
This is our backyard area currently. The concrete slab is really solid but poured unevenly. We painted the stripes four years ago and the’ve held up amazingly but it was always a temporary solution.
This floor plan shows what we currently have. Along with the concrete patio, we have some rocks along the width of the house and that’s pretty much it. There’s a shed in one back corner of our yard and in the other corner is a trampoline.
It rains a lot here on the ‘Wet’ Coast so a covered area where we can sit even if it’s raining would be wonderful.
The grass will be replaced with artificial turf which is becoming very popular for North Vancouver homes as our ‘grass’ is mostly weeds. Our ground is very wet from all the rain and wildlife like raccoons and skunks like to dig the grass up for chafer beetles so artificial turf is the way to go!
Also, the backyard is getting regraded as right now it slopes toward the house and it needs to just be flat.
We hired a landscape company to cover the concrete slab with pavers that will also extend the way whole width of the house in natural and charcoal colored paving stones.
We’ll also be adding a covered pergola the entire width. The black squares on my floor plan below show where the posts of the pergola will be.
Here are some inspiration images but the pergola will be covered to shelter us from the rain. Aaron will be building it and he’s still working out all the details.
I haven’t shared many photos of the front yard as there really isn’t much of a yard and it’s ugly, ha! You can see the walkway pavers in the image below and that’s what our entire driveway looks like.
This is what it currently looks like:
This part of the fence still needs to be cleaned and restained but we are waiting until the landscaper company digs out all the shrubs before doing it.
Here is the other side of our driveway and we’re shortening this garden bed by two feet so we have more room for parking our vehicles and we’re adding boxwood shrubs and limelight hydrangeas for a clean look.
Here is the current plan for the front yard:
The landscapers will clean up and repair some of the pavers on the driveway but to save on costs, we’re not replacing the driveway.
We’ll be adding lots of boxwood for a clean, beautiful look and more limelight hydrangeas.
Here is an inspiration photo.
The list of what’s getting done:
- regrade backyard
- add retaining wall to back of yard and replant cedar shrubs
- lay artificial turf
- add risers and pavers right over concrete slab and extend the width of the house
- build covered pergola
- fix small dips with brick pavers in driveway
- shorten garden bed north of the driveway
- add a row of new pavers to this area
- remove all old shrubs, plants and stumps in front yard
- plant boxwood plants and limelight hydrangeas
We’re excited to get this started and we’ll be starting at the beginning of May! I’ll be sharing lots of updates on Instagram stories.
What do you think of our renovation plans? Let me know in the comments below.
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