I had intended to include a video tour of my back yard and the back exterior of my house in yesterday’s post, but after a series of frustrating technical difficulties, I finally gave up. But I finally got things working last night, so I wanted to go ahead and share the video since I don’t really talk about the back yard or back of the house much.
Of course, there’s a reason I don’t talk about it. So far, in the time we’ve lived in this house, nothing really exciting has happened back there. We fenced off an area as a dog yard, and then half of the back of the house (the back side of the studio and pantry) got new siding and paint. That’s it. As far as the actual yard goes, there has been no landscaping, no outbuildings built…nothin’.
But since that’s about to change at least a little bit, I thought I’d grab some pictures and a video of what it looks like now before the construction begins. You can check out the video here:
For those of you who can’t watch a video right now, I did snap a few pictures. Again, there’s nothing really exciting to see…yet.
You’ve seen plenty of pictures of the left side of the house lately. That’s the back of the studio and pantry with the new siding and paint. But I generally try to crop the pictures at the end of the pantry (i.e., the end of the new siding) because the rest of it is just a huge eyesore and a mess. But here is it.
The new gray Hardi plank siding meets the old yellowish antique white vinyl siding in the corner just behind the trunk of that big oak tree. So what you see to the right of the tree trunk is the sunroom, then the “master bath” (I use that term very generously), and then the bedroom. You can see the fenced off dog yard area with Cooper staring (and barking and whining) at me through the fence. 😀
From the studio side of the back yard, if I turn and look across the back yard to the neighbor’s back yard, this is what our yard looks like…
The trees on the very right side of that picture just above form a row of trees that basically cuts our back yard in half, which you can see from this very old aerial view…
That was taken long before we bought the house, and clearly during the winter, because everything looks so gray and dead. But you can still see that row of cedar trees cutting our back yard in half.
So if I walk through the opening in that tree row, you can see the back half of our back yard…
In that picture above, the corner of our lot is in the center of the picture. The row of trees on the right half of the photo lines the back of our property, and the wire fence on the left half of the picture separates our yard from the neighbor’s yard.
We eventually want to put up a privacy fence around our entire back yard, but that’s going to cost a fortune, so it’ll have to wait. I’d love for Cooper (and any other dog(s) we may get in the future) to have full run of the entire back yard.
If I walk along the back side of the row of trees that cuts the back yard in half, you can see a little storage building that sits at the side edge of our property.
For reference, the trees on the left half of that picture are the trees that cut the back yard in half. Anyway, I don’t really use that storage building. It kind of creeps me out. It’s dark and rusted, and it’s barely tall enough for me to stand completely upright in it, and I’m only five feet tall. But it sits on a nice concrete pad, so I’d love to take this one down and build a nice shed right there. Someday.
If I walk to the edge of that tree row, through the area between the tree row and the rusted storage building, and turn back towards the house, you get the view of the back of the house from the other side.
The section with the Tyvek is the bedroom, and that’s the original back wall of the house. We had the vinyl siding taken off and a new door put in last year (I think), and they just put the Tyvek up at that time. I didn’t see any need in spending additional money for siding when it’s just going to be taken down again anyway. But it does need new Tyvek. That stuff doesn’t last forever.
The section that juts out to the left of the Tyvek section is the “master bathroom.” And then the section that juts out to the left of the bathroom is the sunroom. Both the bathroom and the sunroom will eventually be torn down completely, and a whole new addition will be added in its place to include a new master bedroom, laundry room, and family room. At that time, the current master bedroom will be converted into the master bathroom.
The dog yard goes from the side of the sunroom all the way to the property line between us and the neighbor.
The funny thing about that dog yard is that it’s about the size of our entire back yard at our first house in Oregon.
So that’s the full tour! It’s nothing pretty right now, but I have so many plans and dreams for this big back yard, including decks, pretty pathways, landscaping, gardens, a chicken coop, and so much more. I’d love to have a swimming pool, but I’m going to have to wait until they develop ones that are built in and look gorgeous, but cost virtually nothing and are completely maintenance free. Do they have those yet? 😀