Description of Project: Back Yard Transformation! My husband Ed and I bought our 1908 home in late 2011 and have been “bringing it back to what it never was” ever since. We’re in a tight knit old-fashion neighborhood where the houses are all very close together and the kids play in the street; we’re also adjacent to the South Portland Greenbelt so our house is viable from all for sides. So what did we do? In July of 2014, we transformed the back yard from a patch of under-used grass to a garden party space with a custom pergola, stone patio and curated gardens. Who did it? WE DID! Every last bit. DIY from start to finish. From the design of the garden layout and the custom pergola to setting the stone and removing the sod. Hundreds of bags of mulch! Thousands of pounds of stone! And the effect? HEAVEN. We vacation in our own home. You can’t see it in the pictures but in addition to the over all effect of a back yard oasis-Shangri La, Ed built a one-of-a-kind water fountain in the “L” nook of the deck and there’s a hammock hiding just near the red mulch pathwath to the Green Belt Walkway.
Party space! Happy hour on the deck over looking the garden. A fire pit on the patio for s’mores. Coffee sitting at the 6-person tiki bar listening to the splash of the fountain.This project turned the back yard from “something we have to mow” into something we use everyday and a view that walkers on the Green Belt can enjoy when they stop to water their pooch at the doggie biscuit and watering station we installed behind our shed.