I still love to see the transformation that we made in the yard at our first live in flip house located in Denver. 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 picket fence did not give the most welcoming first impression.
It is amazing what a weekend of yard work can do to transform a yard.
Front Yard Before
The front yard had a weathered picket fence, overgrown flower beds and an overall unwelcoming appearance.
Front Yard After
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 adequately prepped.
We added a pop of color to the front door and created an inviting seating area on the porch. To liven up the space, we added fresh flowers and updated the address plaque.
Picket Fence Before
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.
Picket Fence After
I mean, who doesn’t like a white picket fence?! I love how the white fence looks with the landscaping in the front – it is so clean and crisp.
Flower Bed Before
In the front, we wanted to define the beds more clearly. On one side of the yard, there were overgrown plants and the grass was creeping into the flower beds.
On the other side of the yard, there was just mulch and a pink, chain linked fence.
Flower Bed After
We created a wavy flower bed and planted flowers to give the bed more structure. Fresh sod and mulch finished the space off nicely.
We followed a similar pattern on the other side and planted a bunch of arborvitae in front of the chain linked fence to help disguise the eyesore.
The ivy on this garage was INSANE!! While some ivy can disguise imperfections, this ivy was doing damage to the brick beneath it.
You can now see the garage and the mortar is no longer at risk of being pulled out by the ivy.
The yard was sloped toward the house and caused major drainage issues. The side yard was covered in gravel and weeds that we planned to turn into a potty spot for our dogs.
We built a retaining wall, added a french drain and re-sodded the yard. Once the water issues were resolved, we built a fence on the side yard to block the dogs potty spot and built a brand new deck off he back of our house.
I know that fixing up this yard was a major factor in us selling it so quickly. Denver is known for its great weather and having a great outdoor living space is a major plus to home buyers.