Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here's an update from the country!

Projects,,,spring outside projects!!  Sometimes I think we are makin  some progress.  This will be our 4th summer at this property!  That is hard to believe and alot has changed in the past number of years.  We are pretty much done the renovations in the house ( will eventually do the 2 bathrooms, and change the carpet in our bedroom....) and it is time to move outdoors now that spring is here!

Here's the to do list for this year:


Re seed grass where needed   -  CHECK!  Now I am just praying that it grows!
Re shingle the roof  -   the shingles have been delivered to the yard and hopefully this weekend ...
Build pergola for outside fireplace area - CHECK!
Finish the "out door fireplace"  -  check out the pictures below on our progress!
Make two small flower beds off of the back fence -  CHECK! This was a last minute bonus job thats done
Replace the siding and change front entrance
Restain the deck
Make pathways to fireplace area and patio area under pergola
Finish painting the 3 rail fences - almost there!
Move 2 small outbuildings - CHECK!
Do a little mini makeover on the barn - CHECK!
Landscape the back yard, along the house
Get rid of all the dead trees


We had a very productive day this past long week end Monday!  Darrell has done an awesome job on the fireplace!!  We had about 6 stones left over from doing the front and sides of the fireplace....we will just finish the back with boards.  The stones were left over from a reno job that we did in our previous house and saved us some money on this project.   He ran power under the grass so that we could put up lights in the pergola and accent the fireplace.  Can't wait to put all the finishing touches out there!

I was able to get my planting done.  Working in the yard was so enjoyable, the birds were singing and the temperature was just right.  I have a bit more shade in some areas of this yard, so it meant doing some reading on what will work best.

Here are few pictures of how things are looking!

Just a little before picture of how over grown this yard was!  We could envision the areas that we wanted to have in the yard but sometimes it was such an overwhelming feeling to get things "cleared out"!  I have lost track of the grain truck loads of leaves, dead branches and pruned branches we have hauled out of the yard!  So glad there is always an After picture!!

These pictures were taken in March 2012 when we first looked at the property.
This side of the yard has 4 spruce trees that needed some MAJOR trimming up!


Summer 2012 : Getting there,,,and the yard just got bigger! 


 Summer 2014 made the arbour into the fireplace area



  2015 Grass is now re seeded, but we may have to come up with another plan for under the spruce?


Summer of 2013...the fireplace area will come together!!  Gotta start with a cheap fireplace found on Kiijii.   My dad enjoying the fire,,,but not the mosquitoes!


The guy with the plan


A peek through the trees to something cozy and peaceful




Stay tuned for more spring/summer updates coming soon!!

Oh! almost forgot,,,,someone has already moved into the outside room....
They have a birds eye view from the top of the pergola!



9 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

Wow, it looks and sounds as though you have done masses!!! The new fireplace is fantastic isn't it and gosh what a lot of work you have done! It is so great when it all starts to come together isn't it. xx

Lorrie said...

What a great outdoor space you are creating. Home ownership is not for the fainthearted, is it? There's so much maintenance and upkeep as well as improvements. Our Victoria Day was spent hard at work, too.

Blondie's Journal said...

Everything is looking wonderful and pat yourselves on the back for all the hard work. I always say---I'd rather be doing chores outside rather than in! :)

Jane x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've made some great plans and gotten so much done. You'll enjoy it this summer. Hugs, Diane

Jamie Hoover said...

Things are looking amazing Dawna!!! I am so in awe of that beautiful fireplace and pergola. That is the place I'd be sitting all summer long in your lovely yard. I wish my summer to do list had that many things crossed off of it already. I don't know that I've been able to check off anything yet :)! Jamie | anderson + grant

A Joyful Cottage said...

Wow, so much progress, Dawna. Your arbor and fireplace are gorgeous; so welcoming. That last photo is amazing. Isn't that shade of blue exquisite? Love that! One thing you could consider under the Spruce is a pretty ground cover. Google "What to plant under a spruce" and you'll find some ideas. Hugs, Nancy

Decor To Adore said...

After all the flooding we have received of late I need to get crackin on my yard. What an inspiration you are!
Love the robin's eggs.

Tom said...

Hi, I'd like to invite you to link some of your wonderful barn photos at
http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2015/06/barns-from-distance.html
Tom The Backroads Traveller

Kristina Cobb said...

Your backyard looked like an extension of your natural surroundings. And it was amazing to see it grow; the improvement is not just noticeable, but also complementary. I love how you made the fireplace with its rock and wood design. I would love to see more of your home improvement projects in the future. Cheers!

Kristina Cobb @ DennysLawn01

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