I’m currently obsessed with the front yard, can you tell? Let’s take a tour through – we hope to have all this work completed by summer 2017.
99% of the bricks and all the stones for the side path wall were salvaged from our property, so the savings here has been fantastic! It also provides a patina that I love, since my other goal is for this to look as though it came with the house. Anyways, what you’re looking at is the start of the side path – it will have a slight step up and be paved with salvaged bricks and will lead you to a white cedar picket fence and gate. The fence will begin at the house and extend out towards the bushes, so be in front of the chimney. This serves three purposes: to hide the crazy weediness that exists there currently (until we can fix it) and to provide a transition to the ‘private’ part of our yard, and to simply be a nice focal point where you wonder, hmm…I wonder what they’ve done back there! We will remove the grass to the left of the path and fill it in with primarily natives. So taking a step back, here is the view from the sidewalk out front:
The trellis that hides that gas meter will be covered with a native clematis and the brown evergreen will be replaced with a native shrub in the spring. We also plan on putting in cedar window boxes under the living room windows (painted white) and this will finish off the bed directly in front of the house. Moving on to the front door….
On our list for the fall is to replace the front steps and walkway. We have mentioned before how it’s pitched towards the house and so therefore water from rain and snow/ice pools against the house and sits there. This is bad! So, it needs to change. We’ll have a larger porch area, so that when you open the storm door you will no longer need to back down steps, and our front walkway will lead straight to the city sidewalk. We’ll have a small side path off the main path, made of salvaged flagstone which will lead to the driveway. The plan is for more natives – grasses which provide year round interest and once established require little to zero care or watering!
Next year calls for a new roof and gutters and then we’re considering painting the house….but that seems like a huge ordeal, so maybe not, haha. We’re really excited what’s to come!