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The Backyard Project

The Backyard Project 
Photo by Laura Watson Photography
Top: Before  Bottom: After....obviously

The backyard project was our last major overhaul to the house, as you can see in the picture above the top is before and the bottom after. We put in an entirely new pool and patio. This project I would say was bigger than the Kitchen project. Originally we were going to repair the pool, it had two cracks that ran straight through the middle and we were losing about 2 inches of water per day. After looking over budget and so forth, we decided it would be more cost effective to just start from scratch. So...... they dug it up. 

(**This is a long post but has LOTS of pictures and shows the process of the rebuilding.)


This has been a MAJOR project, a lot of babysitting and frustration, due to the contractor we chose....that and this project started two weeks before Charlotte was born. Literally the day we came home from the hospital the supervisor was standing in our driveway asking for a check. YO DUDE I HAVE ON A DIAPER AND A BABY JUST CAME OUT OF MY VAGINA, COME BACK LATER. Memories......


Before of the backyard when we first purchased the home....


The far area where the slide is pictured was turned into a garden.
We ended up moving the garden to the other side of the yard due to sunlight. I will say I was super embarrassed for people to see our backyard. We knew it was terrible and didn't really keep it up 100%, super unorganized. I ALWAYS kept the curtains closed, even if there wasn't anyone home. I didn't want to look outside. 


THE PROCESS

It started with a Bobcat, it demoed EVERYTHING, including jackhammering the pool. 



Picking out tile selections...I was super pregnant, about 36 weeks. I convinced the lady I could go into labor at any moment. It was fun to watch them all panic and watch me closely...when in fact I was no where near having a baby. 


Our morning breakfast included this view.....


The pit, reminds me of Parks and Rec. 


Don't forget I'm not 37 weeks pregnant.....ugh I actually look super fit here and I totally do not feel fit now almost 7 months later.

Rebar. They had to cover everything because it rained for a few days straight.


Pool gunnite. I had to water this like a chia pet 2 to 3 times per day for 2 weeks straight.


Holes for the foundation of the patio were dug. This hole is as deep as I am tall. 


Still pregnant...about 38 1/2 weeks........


By this time Charlotte had been born and the patio structure commenced. 



We originally were not going to have the ceiling vaulted and then saw this and changed our plans! SO glad we did. 



All the plumbing


Starting to tile. 


Bye bye garden....


This is a view of the tree above the pool. We politely asked our neighbors behind us if we could cut down most of that tree and they agreed!


Go Texan Day! Luckily this was still in our backyard for a super awesome picture. 


The flooring on the patio and around the pool is stamped concrete, this is in process and you can see the stamps at the top of the picture.


Acid washing the plaster. 




THE BEFORE & AFTERS:
The original garden....
Before

After

The back of the pool.....
Before

After


From the Patio....
Before

After

From the pool to the patio......
Before

After

The Spa
Before


After

The pool....
Before
After



THE AFTER (Extra Pics)
Photo by Laura Watson Photography



The picture above was taken before we had our final landscaping done. 




As you can see the tree has been trimmed way back. 







Lots of new flowers were added all around the back yard. 




Photo by Laura Watson Photography





You can see the new garden behind the fireplace in the pic below. 




New garden....SO. MANY. TOMATOES. 










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