Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Making Progress!

A few of you have asked for an update on our backyard project. Are we done yet? Are the rocks laid, etc.? I decided to break out my wide angle lens so I would have a more accurate account of this patio project we're involved in. We've been talking about building this patio for over two years now and I'm so excited that we are actually doing it! :) 

This is the view from our back porch when you walk out of our back door. We are fortunate to have a pretty big back yard for Conner and Scooter. This is also another reason we really wanted to have more useable space in our backyard. 

This has been Conner's favorite place to play the last week or so, right on top of the pile of rocks. Look how happy he is with himself. :)

The pergola is officially finished. Woo hoo! It is 10' by 16' and we plan to hang my hand woven hammock that I brought back from Nicaragua underneath the pergola.

I was very pleased with the overall design of the pergola. I love the decorative edges. I think it gives it a little something special, don't you? Right now, I'm in the process of figuring out what type of vine I will plant at the base of the posts that will grow and provide shade for us. I'm thinking Carolina Jasmine.

This is the view standing underneath the pergola looking back towards the house. Those rocks will obviously be laid down where this sand is. They have actually started laying the rock already and should be finished by the end of the week!

The dogs have loved the project. They love laying (and digging) in the sand. In the evenings, the sand is actually quite cool. It's been fun to see how they react to each new thing that is brought in. Of course they had to "leave their mark" on EVERYTHING! haha.

So right now it looks like a big sand pit, so pretty soon it will be a pretty patio.

All of these rocks (about 6 tons worth) will be laid down, more sand will be put on top and packed down nice and tightly.

And pretty soon we will be sitting here enjoying this view, watching the dogs play, hanging out with friends and family and maybe... MAYBE even watching our own kids play in this backyard one day. ;)
See how far we've come! 


Lauren said...

It's all looking so great! (And Conner looks so cute on that pile of rocks.)

The Doose's said...

It looks wonderful! Did you replant the back row of bushes, or are those the originals just pared back?