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The Saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 7 – The lawn

The next phase in our yard remodel was the prep and installation of the lawn/sod. Installing sod is a pretty simple task that only takes a weekend to tackle and is comprised of just a few steps.

Step 1 – Order a bunch of sod from the local home improvement store or nursery. We decided […]

The Saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 6 – The patio

The next phase in operation yard remodel was tackling the patio. The patio was in decent shape but had some pretty worn and dated looking saltillo tiles bisecting the width and length. Paige and I thought it would be a good idea to remove the tiles and replace them with some sort of granite or […]

The Saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 5 – Rock Veneer and Sprinklers

In my last blog post I mentioned how my back yard was completely torn apart and debris was everywhere. There were a few tons of rock and cement on the ground from the demolition work and I had to hire someone to come and get rid of all the mess.

When the mess was finally […]

The Saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 4 – “Oh man.. I’m going to feel this in the morning”

After working on the rock wall demolition a few days earlier (and subsequently getting pretty pooped out) I took a few days to recover. Friday rolled around and I reluctantly decided that it was time to finish what I had started. As much as I dreaded the thought of having to continue working on this […]

The saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 3 – “I’m getting too old for this manual labor stuff!”

As I mentioned in ma previous post, the backyard of our home has a retaining wall that has rocks cemented onto the face of it. The wall runs the entire width of the rear of the yard and also runs down the side of the yard. The previous owners of out home “installed” the rocks […]

The Saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 2 – “The New Fence”

The first item in our back yard that we decided to tackle was the wooden fence that was in serious need of attention. As I mentioned in my last post, much of the fence had actually blown down in a prior storm and had been propped up for some time with two by fours. The […]

The saga of a dumpy back yard – Part 1 – “Oof.. what a mess!”

This post will be the first in a series explaining the transformation of our back yard from complete dump.. to.. um.. something better than a dump but nothing fancy. Paige and I have been working on transforming the yard for a little over 6 months (yeah I know.. we are slow) and the project has […]