When it comes to projects, this one is among favorites. We completely remodeled this lovely couple’s home into a yard that is the physical embodiment of soul food and actual food. I can tell by how many times the homeowners Instagram meals and meetings out in their new back yard.
This project was different. The wife is an engineer and the husband is a self-published author and photographer. His schedule was more flexible and he works from home, so they actually saved hundreds in labor by sending him out for the grunt work. Wife also helped on the weekends. They were conveniently adept, and we got a lot done.
There were multiple benefits to the homeowners pitching in. I know this isn’t always possible and I don’t expect it to be most of the time, but this couple that put in hours of manual labor regardless of the weather (98º and humid, for example). Not only did they save a lot, but they were personally invested in their yard because they did so much to build it. They know everything about it because they were there. This was a more tedious process at times because they stopped me with questions when I wasn’t clear enough to follow, but I’m glad they were there. They anticipated problems before they happened and nearly eliminated surprises, which can grow big quickly in landscaping. In an extensive build-out of an edible yard – every bit of which is expected to be used heavily – this was important.
Before. Leaning, rotting deck, closed to the yard. Old concrete driveway that submerged the owner’s car in the last heavy rain, and a carport that was barely big enough for her Miata:
After, and so many details for so many exciting things:
Photos of mid-way points continue below…
After completion of deck, part of phase 1.
The biggest task for phase 1 of the Lane Yard Makeover. Designed by Patiovore, built by Timi Walters and team of TKW Construction.
The surface and framing is all new lumber, and we were able to salvage a good amount of lumber from the old deck for the planter boxes and pergola.
I love the dappled sun under the lattice, how the pergola’s slope matches the roof it’s perched on, and I’m excited to see some vines fill it in! These wrap-around stairs open up to the new, permeable gravel driveway. Soon, there’ll also be a large veggie garden area and some new fruit trees.
Shortly after finishing the deck, we installed raised beds for growing herbs and veggies. After a month of growing, everything is filling in really well!