I still love to see the transformation that we made in the yard at the Ivy House. When we first bought the house, it felt very dark and heavy. The ivy against the dark brick and the unruly plants around the yard surrounding the old wood fence did not give the most welcoming first impression.
It is amazing what a weekend of yardwork can do to transform a yard.
The garage in the backyard before:
Even on a rainy day, I feel like this garage looks 10x brighter than the ivy wall before!
Our plan for the side of the garage was to create a potty spot for the pups and add more grass.
Here is how it looked once we cleared away the brush
And here is backyard after it was graded, a retaining wall was added and sod laid. I love the look of fresh grass in a yard! Chris rebuilt the back fence to open up and allow entry into the yard for dumpsters and any other big drop offs. We r-epurposed the old fence that was torn out and made a barrier to the dogs potty area with the rocks and had a small entrance for the dogs to enter (not shown).
The structure on the other side of the house HAD to go. Not only was it a fire hazard (it was connected to the house), but the grape vines were bad for the dogs, it was infested with earwigs and Chris knocked it down with one push. We ended up used this cement pad for the grill.
While I love the transformation of this house, the grass in some of these photos makes me cringe. When we put an offer on our second home, we weren't really even looking. We put an offer on the house on a Monday and had to get the Ivy House ready for the open house by that weekend, so the grass was not adequetly prepped.
I loved our front porch. We painted the door a bright red color, swapped out the address with a formal plaque and added furniture and fresh flowers.
The picture below shows the front of the house once the ivy was removed. It also shows the fence before it was finished being painted and the over growth in front of the house. Luckily I have very generous and talented in-laws who came out to help with the landscaping. I also have to give a shout out to Clare who was with me after work many nights painting the fence white!
I mean, who doesn't like a white picket fence?! I love how the white fence looks with the landscaping in the front, so clean and crisp.
In the front we wanted to define the beds more clearly.
The neighbors pink fence was such an eyesore so we planted a bunch of arborvitae to try and hide it a bit.
Thanks for checking out the yard reno at the Ivy House! I found this picture of us with our first babies, Lucy and Lizzy, and had to add it...we were so young!
Check back next Thursday when I reveal the back porch and patio!