Well… we are at it again.
It happens every spring, we get that first taste of fresh air and we start to think about all the outside projects we want to do.
This year… there are quite a few.
The first one is simple but will make a huge difference.
Kent and I chose old world cobblestones in Granite for the lane way, patios and pathways when we built the house.
Yes… we did it ourselves… one cobble at a time… Yes, you can clap… I will wait.
Seriously, It was a lot of work but it looks great and we have been very happy with it.
The only problem was… we ran out of cobbles and energy.
The area that needs finishing is at the back of the house under the garage overhang where we hang the canoe and keep the wood.
Where Kent is standing is about where we ran out of cobbles.
Finishing this project will look and feel great… but, we have way bigger plans than that!
This photo was taken a few years ago, we have expanded the gardens since then. If you would like to get caught up you can have a peek at my post on the gardens from last summer.
The current Weberized Garden Expansion Plan involves building another two hoop top gates and a fence to make an inclosed area under the garage overhang for the dogs.
We will then be able to let them out the side door and they will have a huge protected run from the front gate located between the garage and house ( which you can see in the first picture) all the way back and under the garage overhang.
I think it will be wonderful… but the plan gets bigger ( are you picking up on a theme here?)
I give you… Exhibit A
Don’t be scared… just stay with me, it will be fine.
Here is the idea.
These amazing yet tired and tough antique windows are going to become inset on the fence between the posts on the garage overhang…
Are you feeling it?
Kent and I love to incorporate salvaged pieces into our projects… I love the tension and interest mixing old and new brings.
Don’t worry, we will clean them up, replace any broken window sections and paint them all out.
Most likely in the saturated grey colour we have on the front door and shutters that we added last fall.
After all that gets done… I may need a drink on the patio…
Yes, it has been known to happen!
This is the back patio where we spend most of our time but there is also another side patio off the master bedroom.
The plan for that one involves trees…
We picked up five yesterday and are playing around with how to place them.
I want to continue the curve and maybe push it back a bit to increase the gardens.
Then we want to build a lounge chair.. yes, you guessed it… to Lounge on!
This photo looks so barren, I can’t wait for things to start sprouting.
Another week or two should see our magnolia budding up.
Until then I will remind myself by looking at last years beauty…
And maybe some spring airing…
How many little girls live in this Mennonite farmhouse?!?
We took this charming photo last summer on a weekend getaway. Here is the link to see that adventure.
Back at Hoop Top House Emmitt is excited for Spring too, he loves protecting his backyard domain, especially from squirrels and bunnies!
Yes, I am looking forward to all our projects and of course all the wonderful sunny days spent with friends and family.
Makes me want to BBQ!
How about you? Do you have big plans for your outside spaces this year? I would love to hear what you have planned!