Driving past our home before we owned it was quite a place to behold and it wasn’t because it had curb appeal. Our yard resembled more of a junk yard on a small scale and so when we purchased the property we had a lot of work to do on not just the interior but the exterior as well.
The above photo is not the entire before as we had already done some work in gathering brush and getting the properties grass somewhat mowed down. The former tenants apparently didn’t have stairs and so we borrowed the ones in the photos for a time until we could build a deck. Do you see the huge bucket of KILZ? Yes, we used that all through out this home before we ever moved in!
I cringe looking back at these photos and I just can not believe that people lived in such a filthy place. The amount of trash that was in and around this building would have made you believe you were purchasing a junk yard. A lot of time spent using a magnet to pick up nails, hand picking glass off the ground and more trash bags of trash than I ever care to remember were gathered from this space.
This past summer we rented what we needed in order to tear the building down. It was a two day job and I am thankful that we have it done for the most part. This is where we now park our vehicles and more updates will happen this spring hopefully as I get a chance to landscape some more.
Building a potting shed was one of the first exterior projects that I created. With the help of my brother this building was built only using reclaimed items. It has had several looks through out the seasons and I always enjoy planting around it each year.
The newest project around our home is the small garden pond that I built last year. This project has brought so much joy while we sit on the deck and enjoy the sound of running water, dragonflies buzzing about and even watching the birds bath in the waterfall.
I really enjoy using unique pieces for the garden to add texture and interest. I also can not hardly pass up a good terra cotta pot and often stack them in piles and will often plant in them as well. Old metal wheels and galvanized buckets are a favorite for placing in the flower gardens.
We still have a very long to do list but sometimes the inside of the home takes priority over the exterior. At the top of the to do list is painting the deck this year and I hope to accomplish that this spring. Stay tuned for updates.