Backyard Dreams

Spring officially arrived over the weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! The days are getting longer and the weather warmer. We are still having below freezing temperatures overnight and they are calling for 6 inches of snow on Thursday, but we are choosing to ignore that and focus on the warmer days ahead.

There’s lots of work we want to do around the house this spring/summer and we’ve already begun making plans and looking for ideas. Pinterest as always is a great source of inspiration, we’ve created a board to corral all these ideas until we are ready to make them happen. Here’s what we got so far:

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First, we’re thinking of adding a pergola above our current deck, something simple and not too ornate to provide some much needed shade in our west facing / full sun backyard.

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We may even go with something even simpler and more modern looking… the jury is still out as to the exact look we will aim to achieve; time, measurements and costs will tell.

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Staining the deck a nice rich-but-not-too-dark color will be a must. Ours is currently unfinished treated wood which has been left as is for over 6 years; it is in desperate need for a little face-lift.

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We’d love to extend our outdoor entertaining area by creating an eating area on pavers beside our current deck but we’ll have to work on some privacy issues first. We’re thinking of adding a nice L-shaped privacy partition/fence. Something modern looking like the options above.

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We even thought of hanging a bunch of planters from it to soften the look and add more greenery.

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While looking at home improvement store flyers we discovered shade sails. They seem really easy to install and care for. We were quite surprised by how inexpensive they are (we got a 11′-8″ x 11′-8″ one on sale for 43$ plus tax over the weekend). We really like that they have a more modern look too!AudreeLeeBlog - Backyard Dreams 09(source)

The installation of these shade sails seems quite easy, as they even sell kits like the one above at home improvement stores; we’ll definitely be picking one up when we are ready to install ours.

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We have a big sandbox which we plan on converting into a garden, we’ve been looking into what to plant and when, as this is our first time gardening, we think garden markers will be a must to help us remember what is what.

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A gardening journal is also something that will be very helpful in the years to come although we would have never thought of it until we came across this pin:

Of course, these are just some general ideas we’ve been looking into, we will have to wait for the rest of the snow to melt before we can truly measure everything and get proper quotes and estimates done which in turn will determine what’s possible budget wise. In the mean time, we thought we’d kick off the spring season by treating ourselves to a barbecue!AudreeLeeBlog - Backyard Dreams 12

We got this one on sale for 199$ from Lowe’s and assembled it over the weekend. It’s already making our backyard look better (:

A new barbecue might not look like much progress but like we always say, it’s  all about baby steps!

Has the warmer weather put you in full spring mode too? What are your backyard plans for this year? Do you have any advice for our first gardening attempt?

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