before & afters
The past 2 days I have been working in my VERY much neglected back yard.
When I bought my house, about 7 years ago, there was a piece of land but not a place to land. I spent the next few years making the back/side area a bit more of the way I wanted to live. I wanted to have an outdoor living and dining area as well as a place to lounge. I wanted the yard to feel bigger-Not manicured, but a bit old and grown in. A little rambling but with some order. Living in Southern California gave me the opportunity to be able to fulfill that dream within this limited space.
Since the home is only appox 1,200 sf, the outdoor spaces were incredibly important. It was truly a labor of love and a definite commitment. I didn't want to hire someone else to give me a version of what was in my head. Plus I wanted to get my hands dirty. I'm not good with telling someone else what to do and then just stand by and watch.
This project was a labor of love, personal sheer force of will, lots of blisters, aching backs and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. It' still a work in progress. I look at it and think, "Now if I could only...."