Best Yard Before And Afters 2011

Best Yard Before And Afters 2011

With everything from grass to gravel to flowers to sheds, the yard is a great place to showcase your creativity, and you did! When we asked you to submit your remodel projects for our fourth annual Reader Remodel Contest, you responded with renovations that showed just how talented and hardworking you all are. Here's a look at your top picks for yard revamps chosen by TOH editors and your fellow readers.

Αfter remodeling our 1918 farmhome, our attention turned to landscaping the yard. The back corner needed a focal point, and we were looking for a place to enjoy nature and entertain friends without battling bugs. We had a deck, but the mosquitoes were so aggressive after a few rainy seasons that we were always forced inside.

Over the winter months, I designed this screened−in room to use standard lengths of lumber with very little waste. It measures 12 by 16 feet. Since we planned to stain it green and barn red, I used pressure−treated lumber, along with a metal roof and composite decking. The door was inspired by the trunks of oak trees on our property, and the flooring inside is standard lengths of low−maintenance composite decking. Our friends helped lift the big beams, and now they enjoy bird−watching and quiet evenings looking out into the trees with us.

This project was a labor of love that my husband started over 18 years ago. He has done all the work himselfhe didn't even rent a backhoe to dig the hole for the pond.

This all started as a flower garden, then it grew into a rock/flower garden, then changing again to a pond/rock/flower garden. We have a bridge, lighting, and a stacked stone wall softened with flowers that spill over the side.

Our farmhome was built in 1810, a time when root cellars were used to preserve vegetables. We suspected that we might have a root cellar in our front yard, as there was an unexplained hump in the grass. When a colleague of mine, who collected old glass, asked to dig there for buried treasure, it afforded us the opportunity so see what was below the surface.

We discovered that it was a perfectly preserved root cellar with arched stone walls and a well on the far side. We lacked the knowledge and finances to restore it, so we covered it with plywood and stones, and there it remained for 15 long years. Eventually I tired of the ugly landscape, and my husband built a structure above the root cellar with concrete, stone, and old barn siding. He restored the stairs and added a bulkhead door. We then had a landscaper add stone paths and plantings to highlight our "new" old cellar.

This remodel involved earth that resembled a desert, a master bedroom sliding door that couldn't be used, eight cast−iron tree grates, and lots of old bricks, slate, and plants that needed to be divided. We hired a friend to build the deck, which was done in one day. Then we began creating the patio.

Using treated wood, we constructed eight 6−by−6−foot frames, arranged them, and then bolted them all to one another; the frames adjacent to the deck were bolted to the deck. Next, we shoveled tons of granite dust into the frames. Then we placed the cast−iron tree crates into the frames and filled the empty space with granite dust. Using Quikcrete, we installed the slate and embossed−brick sections. Then we installed the aggregate walkway and posts. We placed store−bought aggregate stepping stones in the grate openings. Last, we installed the landscape plants.

I dedicated this garden to my mother, who passed away two years ago. She loved Japanese−style gardens, even though she was Korean, so I decided to build a Japanese garden. I had a three−year timetable but I was so eager I could hardly wait to start on my double−lot−sized landscape.

I recruited friends and family to help get my garden started. Αfter 13 months my garden is taking shape and is still very young. Now I look forward to every spring to see the plants are getting older.

We started with weeds, a dangerous yucca, and failing fences. Combining our architect's vision with our own ideas, we ripped out everything and put in an outdoor kitchen, large patio areas, gas fire pit, garden areas, relaxation deck, living wall, fountains, and many little details.

We also converted a window to a door on the back and put in a new deck and spiral stairs to connect the home and yard. We now easily host large parties and enjoy using the space for entertaining, gardening, and relaxing. I did almost all the work myselfwe had someone else build the metal parts of the deck and stairs and pour the concrete patio. It took about a year and half of weekends and evenings.

I used to work in construction and grew up with a DIYer father. This project is a complete backyard makeover. First, I took off the old decking, expanded the old structure, and added a lower section with a curve. I redecked with FSC−certified cedar. Then I added a screened porch with French doors from the living room, which lets us open the home to the outdoors.

My wife and I spend a lot of time out there together having coffee or a beerwe think of it as great marriage counseling! The outdoor kitchen was the longest and largest portion of the project. I modified a Pompeii oven to include two openings, cooking wood on the lower level and a fireplace on the upper level. The outdoor kitchen also includes a built−in grill with side burner, a sink, handmade−tile cabinets with stainless doors, concrete countertops, wine−bottle lighting, and a beer tap. Then I put in flagstone and paver patios, a cedar pergola dining area, and a potting table.

We added a stone patio off the back of our home with steps leading down to the driveway. Αt the same time, we remodeled the existing deck. Αll told, the project took two summers to complete.

We were able to take advantage of the topography, and the patio sits up high, providing a nice view. Three beautiful red oaks provide cooling shade throughout the summer. In the middle of the patio we incorporated a natural rock formation that is covered with ferns and provides a contrast to the linear lines of the stone patio. Βy extending the stone from the patio as a base to the deck we were able to tie the deck and patio together visually.

With everything from grass to gravel to flowers to sheds, the yard is a great place to showcase your creativity, and you did! When we asked you to submit your remodel projects for our fourth annual Reader Remodel Contest, you responded with renovations that showed just how talented and hardworking you all are. Here's a look at your top picks for yard revamps chosen by TOH editors and your fellow readers.

Αfter remodeling our 1918 farmhome, our attention turned to landscaping the yard. The back corner needed a focal point, and we were looking for a place to enjoy nature and entertain friends without battling bugs. We had a deck, but the mosquitoes were so aggressive after a few rainy seasons that we were always forced inside.

Over the winter months, I designed this screened−in room to use standard lengths of lumber with very little waste. It measures 12 by 16 feet. Since we planned to stain it green and barn red, I used pressure−treated lumber, along with a metal roof and composite decking. The door was inspired by the trunks of oak trees on our property, and the flooring inside is standard lengths of low−maintenance composite decking. Our friends helped lift the big beams, and now they enjoy bird−watching and quiet evenings looking out into the trees with us.

This project was a labor of love that my husband started over 18 years ago. He has done all the work himselfhe didn't even rent a backhoe to dig the hole for the pond.

This all started as a flower garden, then it grew into a rock/flower garden, then changing again to a pond/rock/flower garden. We have a bridge, lighting, and a stacked stone wall softened with flowers that spill over the side.

Our farmhome was built in 1810, a time when root cellars were used to preserve vegetables. We suspected that we might have a root cellar in our front yard, as there was an unexplained hump in the grass. When a colleague of mine, who collected old glass, asked to dig there for buried treasure, it afforded us the opportunity so see what was below the surface.

We discovered that it was a perfectly preserved root cellar with arched stone walls and a well on the far side. We lacked the knowledge and finances to restore it, so we covered it with plywood and stones, and there it remained for 15 long years. Eventually I tired of the ugly landscape, and my husband built a structure above the root cellar with concrete, stone, and old barn siding. He restored the stairs and added a bulkhead door. We then had a landscaper add stone paths and plantings to highlight our "new" old cellar.

This remodel involved earth that resembled a desert, a master bedroom sliding door that couldn't be used, eight cast−iron tree grates, and lots of old bricks, slate, and plants that needed to be divided. We hired a friend to build the deck, which was done in one day. Then we began creating the patio.

Using treated wood, we constructed eight 6−by−6−foot frames, arranged them, and then bolted them all to one another; the frames adjacent to the deck were bolted to the deck. Next, we shoveled tons of granite dust into the frames. Then we placed the cast−iron tree crates into the frames and filled the empty space with granite dust. Using Quikcrete, we installed the slate and embossed−brick sections. Then we installed the aggregate walkway and posts. We placed store−bought aggregate stepping stones in the grate openings. Last, we installed the landscape plants.

I dedicated this garden to my mother, who passed away two years ago. She loved Japanese−style gardens, even though she was Korean, so I decided to build a Japanese garden. I had a three−year timetable but I was so eager I could hardly wait to start on my double−lot−sized landscape.

I recruited friends and family to help get my garden started. Αfter 13 months my garden is taking shape and is still very young. Now I look forward to every spring to see the plants are getting older.

We started with weeds, a dangerous yucca, and failing fences. Combining our architect's vision with our own ideas, we ripped out everything and put in an outdoor kitchen, large patio areas, gas fire pit, garden areas, relaxation deck, living wall, fountains, and many little details.

We also converted a window to a door on the back and put in a new deck and spiral stairs to connect the home and yard. We now easily host large parties and enjoy using the space for entertaining, gardening, and relaxing. I did almost all the work myselfwe had someone else build the metal parts of the deck and stairs and pour the concrete patio. It took about a year and half of weekends and evenings.

I used to work in construction and grew up with a DIYer father. This project is a complete backyard makeover. First, I took off the old decking, expanded the old structure, and added a lower section with a curve. I redecked with FSC−certified cedar. Then I added a screened porch with French doors from the living room, which lets us open the home to the outdoors.

My wife and I spend a lot of time out there together having coffee or a beerwe think of it as great marriage counseling! The outdoor kitchen was the longest and largest portion of the project. I modified a Pompeii oven to include two openings, cooking wood on the lower level and a fireplace on the upper level. The outdoor kitchen also includes a built−in grill with side burner, a sink, handmade−tile cabinets with stainless doors, concrete countertops, wine−bottle lighting, and a beer tap. Then I put in flagstone and paver patios, a cedar pergola dining area, and a potting table.

We added a stone patio off the back of our home with steps leading down to the driveway. Αt the same time, we remodeled the existing deck. Αll told, the project took two summers to complete.

We were able to take advantage of the topography, and the patio sits up high, providing a nice view. Three beautiful red oaks provide cooling shade throughout the summer. In the middle of the patio we incorporated a natural rock formation that is covered with ferns and provides a contrast to the linear lines of the stone patio. Βy extending the stone from the patio as a base to the deck we were able to tie the deck and patio together visually.

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