Yesterday we shared the plans for the exterior of our home, but one request we consistently get is to share more of our property! We figured now would be a fun time to share that, plus a little view of the current state of our home’s exterior since it’s about to change!
We live on 3.5 acres with just a couple neighbors who also have large lots (4.5 acres and 10 acres). And we definitely fell in love with the property before the house. It feels like a park. It’s completely lined with mature trees on all sides. And the house sits a bit back on our quiet country cul-de-sac so the acreage is distributed on all sides of the house. When we pulled in to look at the house for the first time, I said, “It looks like a postcard!” And with every season, I have felt the same. (The first year living in a house is full of surprises, but my favorite part is observing how the trees and flowers and life changes around the house through the seasons)
There’s a tennis court (that needs work), a garden area, a pasture and paddock (for a maybe horse one day! Greta’s in lessons right now), and we recently added the firepit area. One day, we’d love to add a modest pool and a guest/pool house/shop.
But even without all the extras, the mature landscaping is what sold us and the warm nights of our girls playing capture the flag or ghost in the graveyard seals the deal over and over again. And looking into the future–have I dreamed of future wedding receptions for our girls in this backyard? Absolutely.
I should note, because we get this question a lot, we 100% have a landscaping crew. The previous owners passed along the information of who tended to their yard last summer, when we moved in. And feeling a little overwhelmed, we called them right away and quickly learned that this yard needed someone dedicated to maintaining it 3-4 months out of the year (those are the nice months in Idaho). It’s been a worthwhile expense.
Just as we film an interior house tour every year (our one year house-iversary is coming up fast!), we know that the exterior of our home and yard will be transforming over time as well, so we hope this video will serve as the first time capsule of many to come!
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