When we bought this house, there was no back yard. The land behind the house was owned by the neighbors. But we didn't care, since we had room to sit at the side of the house. Still, when the neighbors offered to sell it to us, we didn't hesitate to say yes.
It was beautifully designed, that garden, but not to our taste. Too much tiling, too little green. But we didn't really have time to change much those first years, since there was a lot to do inside the house (like building rooms for the girls).
After a few years we decided to buy a free standing swimming pool. So we pulled that design garden apart and had a few years of fun. But then the summers got colder and it just was to expensive to heat that much water. Also, we had a leak, so we kind of let it go.
This summer our back yard was a mess. Half a swimming pool and lots of trash.
Last week I decided to do something about it. I got rid of all the trash and then I started making a fire place with the material we had left from the design garden. (inspiration for that I found here)
I don't have any before pictures, but if you look at the rest of the garden in this photo, you get the idea.
Anyway, we were happy and made a fire that same night.
We found out the chairs were too close to the fire this way and that we actually still didn't like those tiles. I found some stones at a thrift store and a few more tiles and tried a new layout.
I like it!
When I finish saving the gravel from all over the garden, we're going to build raised beds (there's a concret slab under most of the garden, so we can't just plant around it.
So much fun to do. Since we try to do this very low cost, every step is a creative challenge.
But for now, we love, love, love that fire place (it has been on our wish list for years).