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Building a Swing Set & Landscaping Flip 2

Our first backyard project at Flip 2 was building a swing set for Thomas. Throughout the two years living at our second flip house, our backyard completely transformed. Today we are sharing the swing set installation and the new fence that gave our backyard privacy and more usable space. Don’t forget to check out the insanely awesome back deck we built for this backyard.

Backyard Before

Because I don’t have super clear photos of the full layout of the backyard, I made some quick drawings to illustrate what we had in the backyard before renovations and our ideas for the updates.

Backyard drawing before renovations

Here is a view from the back door.  You can see in the right corner some of the overgrown garden that we had to remove prior to the swing set being built.

Original backyard before the new swing set and fencing

Backyard Plans with Swing Set & Fence

We planned to remove the chain link fence blocking the driveway & creating a new fence that went across the driveway. This would create an open cement area for Thomas to play. In the overgrown garden, we planned to add a vegetable garden and build the swing set.

For the deck, our plan was to tear down the old deck, close up the current back door and move it to a different spot where we could install a sliding door & then build a raised deck that wrapped around the back of the house.  More on this next week.


Swing Set Installation

My FIL has built many a swing sets in his day, so he was excited to plan a trip out to Denver to build his creation for his first grandchild.  He drew up the plans and sent all of the parts he needed to our house prior to his arrival.  Thomas’ Nana and Uncle Tim also came out to help with the building of the swing set.  Thomas is one loved little boy.

Day 1:

The boys purchased all of the wood that they would need for the project. The plans included 2 swings, a fun landing at the top of the slide & beneath that landing, a sandbox.

The swing set installation has begun

I have been looking back at old photos of projects and the one thing that remains constant, is Thomas’ insistance on helping.  He has been our big helper since he was very little. 🙂  This particular weekend, I remember him primarily being in the way and throwing a fit if he could not be helping the guys.  We had to taking him shopping to get him out of their way for a few hours.

Thomas "helping" to build the swing set

Day 2:

The boys added the finishing touches to the swing set – adding the swings, installing the slide and attaching the railings and stairs on the landing.These guys worked really hard this weekend to get the swing set up and running and it turned out so amazing.  Thomas loved his swing set so much that we moved it to our current home where it sits in our backyard! Here is the finished product.

Backyard Swing Set After

I’d say the swing set built for Thomas was a hit! This kid loved the finished product so much!

The new swing set in our backyard

Thomas loved his new slide!

The new slide on the swing set

And his new sandbox under the slide.

Thomas enjoying the new sandbox under the slide

Backyard Fence Before

On to the fence projects.  The picture below shows you the old fence that was in place that came with a huge grape vine grown into it. You can also see all of the rocks on the other side of the fence next to the driveway.  We spent one weekend sitting on our bums picking up rocks one by one and tossing them into a big pile on the driveway to make way for the grass. The chain fence was pretty easy to remove but we had to use a large chain and our car to remove the grape vine stump.

Chain linked fence that was removed

Backyard Fence After

And here is what the side yard looked like once the fence/rocks were removed and sod was put down.  We then built the fence across the driveway to keep the dogs and child from escaping.

Fence installation at Flip 2

Here is another view of the backyard.  This gives you a sneak peak into the fun deck project I will walk you through next Thursday!

Swing set and fence renovation at flip 2

Thanks for checking out our outdoor projects at our second flip house!