Lots of projects in the backyard finally wrapped up these past couple of weeks, including the pool finally getting filled, so you can find me there! And while not everything is done and tied up in a bow, it is slowly getting there and if there is one thing I have learned throughout all of these projects and houses, it is that changes take time. Although that realization definitely does not make the waiting any easier, however it does make the finished projects even sweeter!
While the backyard isn’t completely done yet (check out our backyard plans) the outdoor kitchen still needs to get finished, and the outdoor furniture hasn’t arrived yet. But, this place has come a loooong way.
Let’s rewind back to our last backyard update to appreciate how far this space has come. And then let’s take it even further back to the original backyard to show how much has changed and evolved.
For a while there, it felt like the backyard would never be done, but these most recent updates have made a massive difference. So, let’s break them all down and celebrate each victory.
I’m sure you all know by now how much I wanted to paint that brick red utility door so it was no longer a strain on the eyes. Well, it has finally been painted. And just loooook how gorgeous it is!
I picked the color, Caviar because the color looked so rich in the direct sunlight. Even with exterior paint, there’s a chance it can fade over time, so I figured starting with something more dark and saturated would be our best bet.
And if you’re wondering why I wouldn’t just color match our front door, it’s the same reason you wouldn’t use the same white for each interior room. The color depends on which direction it’s facing and if it’s getting direct or indirect light. Our front door is actually completely shaded, and the utility door is in direct sunlight most of the day, so I had to choose a different color. We also switched out the doorknob with this pretty brass one.
The next fun part will be picking a color for the outdoor kitchen. I’m thinking something similar to the exterior of our last house. The majority was dark charcoal with dark shiny black trim and windows. I love the look of really dark black with trim, just a tinge lighter. Only time will tell what I decide, but I will continue to take each of you every step of the way.
One of the most exciting updates is that the plants have been officially planted!! Slowly but surely, this space is taking shape and becoming the lush and luxurious haven I envisioned. Especially once those plants start getting a bit bigger, grow baby plants, grow!!
Previously, I shared the backyard plant plans and how the proposed plan was $50k over our budget! Then in our Love Letter, I shared more in-depth about how Chris and I trimmed the plan down to remain within our original budget without compromising our vision.
The plan involved nixing 15 Green Giants, switching 10 12′ Green Giants to 8′. Along with opting out of the Yuletide Camellias and requesting extra Phenomenal Lavender since it was so inexpensive at $31/plant. And now, we wait.
One day it will be lush and those Green Giants which grow 2′-3′ every year will be towering and providing excellent privacy. And honestly, I am actually pretty excited to watch all of these plants grow and mature.
Another update I can’t get over is that the backyard is no longer covered in dirt! Grass has been installed around the fire pit and underground trampoline. All of the green compliments the bluestone and brick so well; I am really glad I followed my gut and went with lots of green to break up the hardscape.
Remember when I said we would most likely be jumping in our pool by this summer? 😅 Well, we are nearing the end of summer, but it is finally done! Many of you messaged me on Instagram asking about the pool installation. I carefully watched the whole thing, so come back soon for a blog post about the entire process.
Who wouldn’t want to jump into that pool with the hot summer we have been having?!
In North Carolina, by law, if you have a pool, then a fence is required to be around it. And with the girls, I personally love the extra safety precaution. There will also be an indoor alarm that will make a noise whenever the gate opens for our peace of mind. Plus, I’m not making any promises, but the fence would also be very convenient if we decide to get another dog one day. 👀
For the fence, we went with a classic modern black finish that will pair nicely with the brick, bluestone, and that newly painted utility door I mentioned earlier. 😉
Patience is key when remodeling your home and creating a space you love. Because of that, celebrating the little victories is just as important as the big ones. Those little victories keep me going amid a big renovation, like this entire backyard. Plus, little changes can truly make such a big difference. Even if you have a tight budget or limited time, plenty of smaller projects can help cleanse the palate. Like repainting a door or investing in smaller/cheaper plants.
What smaller projects have you done around your house that made a big difference?
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