>> December 5, 2011
A week ago, or so, I haphazardly mentioned that we were doing some work to the outside of our house "slash" yard. Adding a new light fixture was just step one in the transformation.
Conversation 2: since our fence is already damaged, (and we'd like to expand our yard to include some of the area currently outside our fence)...why don't we just replace the fence now, and make room for a patio?
shed. We figured a privacy fence made sense, since this is where we will be eating and spending a lot of outdoor time, so wouldn't it be nice to have a little...privacy? The new fence will be pushed out a bit, to enclose all of our side yard, giving us plenty of space to plan a future patio.
So what are we doing here? You see that big hunk o' pavement? That's our driveway. Our garage-less driveway. Our driveway that comes to a screeching halt. For the past two-and-a-half years that we have lived in our house, we have parked our two cars in tandem on this driveway, which is not the most convenient. We are always stopping traffic to do the old switch-er-roo - back one out, then the other, then pull one car back in. Otherwise, I'm always driving Hubby's Batmobile to work, and he's always driving my Trucklette.
This leads us to conversation number three.
Conversation 3: Wouldn't it be nice if we could park our cars side-by-side? As the fence currently stands, we don't have enough space to maneuver two cars next to each other. But what if we moved the fence? What if we extended the driveway onto that crappy grass area at the end of the existing driveway? Wouldn't that be great?
So this whole area, from the current fence, to right just in front of the tree, will be now "part" of the front yard, and will be turned into a side-by-side parking area. Does this make any sense? No? Let me draw it out for you.
Here's how our yard currently looks.
So to recap a few things, the rock wall is our property line, which is actually larger than our current fence set up. The current post and beam fence is rotting away, like leftover Halloween pumpkins. The only area of the fence that is any good, is by the gate, which is a white picket style. Our driveway is too narrow for two cars, so we would like a parking pad, so we can park our rides side-by-side.
So here's how the after will be configured.
There's a lot going on in that photo above, but I promise it will all make sense when you see "after" photos. Since it's already December, we likely won't have time to put in the patio before the snow sets in - so we plan to put that in as soon as spring hits. And you'll also probably notice that we are keeping (for now) some of the original post and beam fence. We get much more sun on that side of the yard, so the current fence is in much better shape than on the right side of our yard. Plus, we are installing custom wood fencing (read: not cheap), so we figured it made the most sense to do this project in phases. Perhaps in the next year or two we will replace the rest of our fence, but for now we are going for the biggest impact - and most used - areas of our yard.
Why haven't I chatted about this in the past few days? Well - because it's actually all done and it's been busy around these parts. The fence guys came - and went - on Wednesday and Thursday. And let me tell you - that fence is a beauty. The rock for the parking area was delivered Friday morning. Hubby and his brother spent all day Saturday ripping out the yard to make way for the parking area. Then Hubby and his dad spend all Sunday laying the stone. They finished last night, way past dark, using the car headlights to finish the job.
Hubby's sore and it was too dark to take photos of the finished product. But I promise I will soon. I just need a little day light.