But regardless of my sleep-deprivation, the volume of dirty laundry, or piles of work waiting for me...it's time for the next makeover around Sugarplum Casa! I'm looking at you, pitiful little backyard!
When we unexpectedly fell in love with this new house, the first thing we hated leaving behind was our old backyard. We had put so much work, sweat, and money in to making it into such a fun oasis, and it was essentially an extension of the house! (See it here and here.)
We were thrilled the new house had a pool, and even a little grassy area, but it needs a lot of work. Starting over can be equally exciting and overwhelming. Here's a look at the new backyard from the upstairs window, just before we moved in.
The iron fence is a great safety feature, but our kids have been taught from an early age to respect the pool and rules we set in place. Not to mention, they both swim like fish now...so it was the first thing to go.
I knew the black fence was visually dividing, but was shocked by just how much it opened up the space by removing it! The backyard feels like it doubled in size, plus it gave us more seating areas. Don't you love simple, cheap fixes with big impacts?!
Some of the more costly projects the backyard needs include resurfacing the pool, repairing loose border stones, landscaping, and replacing the fence. #moneypit Some of the projects can happen over time since they are mostly cosmetic, but the fence is not only unstable, but not entirely up to city code.
Which is unfortunate since it's only a year old...but according to our neighbors, the previous owner was swindled by the fence builder.
At first glance, it doesn't appear too bad...but there are a handful of things going wrong...
* It's built with pre-treated lumber not intended for outdoors, so the boards are rotting and molding with moisture. It literally has mold and mushrooms growing on it! #ew
* The metal posts are 8-feet apart, instead of 6, so the sections are bowing.
* There isn't enough space between boards, so they pop off every time they swell.
* Gates won't latch and lock properly, which is illegal around a pool.
* The height ranges from 4.5 to 6 feet tall. #privacyplease
* The boards were painted, not stained, so the paint is peeling.
We've almost lost an ankle a few times with the awkward gap between the deck and the fence, too, so we're either going to push it back for more landscaping, or move it flush with the deck.
And the pool equipment lives behind this mini fence, which does nothing for the noise...so we'd like to gate that off better.
The fence is also a bit of an eyesore...which is something we could live with for awhile, but because of the safety and city-code issues, we have to bite the bullet and replace it now.
When it came to replacing the fence in our last house, we didn't give it any thought and went with a no-frills version because we assumed a fence was a fence. But thanks to Pinterest, we've since discovered so many options...and realize the fence can contribute to the aesthetic and be part of the backyard's design.