We've finally started working on the back of our home which is coming along nicely.
We still have the following left to do:
*decide on grass or more concrete on the remaining 270 square foot of dirt space
*landscape perimeter flower beds
*Replace old wood fence on the east side of yard
*Install accent up lighting along the flower beds,water fountain and the large Deodar Cedar tree.
My goal is to hopefully complete most of the list before the rainy season starts. However, I have to wait until my partner Dan has forgiven my last spending spree.
Following are the "Before" images taken after the family room add-on which demolished most of our back yard.
The rear exterior of our home. The 2 sets of french doors lead to the new family room completed in late 2007.
The double sided fireplace was an exciting feature added so that we can
enjoy the life like gas fire logs from the back when entertaining outdoors.
The windows above are to the new master bedroom and bathroom.
The next set of photos are the "After" images were taken a few days ago.
The awnings are from a local family business Janak & Scurfield Inc.
located in downtown Sacramento. I had them paint the fleur des lys spear tips gold to tie in with the other gold accented accessories.
The potted plant with the trellis behind it is a climbing Hydrangea from Capital Nursery. My original hope was for Bougainvillea(inspiration image left) which are one of my favorite climbing vines. Unfortunately, the wall faces north which doesn't get the amount of sun required for the vine to successfully flourish. In addition, our yard has an enormous mature Deodar Cedar tree that towers over not just our home the entire back yard, but 3 of our neighbors homes as well. making it difficult to grow anything that requires full sun. However, I was told that the climbing Hydrangea will do very well here. We'll see.The wrought iron dinning chairs were a great find from the Bombay Company over 7 years ago. They were discontinued because of the poorly designed assembly fixtures causing the chairs to come apart easily. However, I had a welder actually weld the entire frame together making the chairs extremely solid. I painted the fleur des lys and medallions on the back of the chairs gold(yes, I'm dangerous with a can of gold paint).
The lattice window boxes above are by Sean Conway for Target stores.
The decorative stone sconce above the fireplace was a flea market find many years ago.
A close up of one of the window boxes. I added the gold medallion buttons which I purchased from Michaels and then of course, painted them gold for added interest. We currently have Geraniums in the boxes but will be replacing them someday with Japanese Box woods which I love for their all year round rich evergreen color.
This is a view of the remaining part of the yard that is still on the "to do" list. It's currently covered with interlocking rubber mats for baby Daniel to run around freely. He and his playdates enjoy it.
The dirt area measures 18' x 15'. This area was reserved for grass. However, the picture was taken when the area gets the most sun which isn't alot. So far, I haven't had success finding sod that will thrive in such a shaded area. Our gardener suggested artificial grass. It's eco-friendly and very low maintenance. The downside is the cost. Much more expensive than regular sod.
Another example of the extensive shade in the back. The both trellis were installed 8 years ago. At the same time we planted vines that only required partial sun. 8 years later, that is the most vines we have managed to grow.
And finally, the Deodar Cedar tree seen from the front of our home. It has been claimed as a Heritage tree which means even though we own the property that the tree is on, we cannot remove the tree without consent from both the city and our surrounding neighbors. The tree is beautiful and deserves protection. It's just such a pain to live under.