Our Backyard: Before + Plans

Here are some pictures of what our backyard looked like before we started doing any work to it. 

Backyard- before
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The previous owner made these amazing garden beds, and filled them all up with tomatoes. He also planted a few fruit trees. The yard was nice, but we felt like the space was not utilised as best as it could be. I always dreamed of having a big backyard with grass for the kids to run around, but I also liked the garden beds and fruit trees that were already here. So we decided to wait awhile and live with the backyard as it was. The tomatoes started to grow, and we had way to many to handle. We gave them out to neighbours, brought them into school, and work, and we still had enough to feed an entire village! 

We picked this many tomatoes every week!

We picked this many tomatoes every week!

So we enjoyed the tomatoes until the season was over, and then we decided to take the garden beds out, to make room for some grass. We gave some of the garden beds to our neighbours, and we held onto another one to relocate to our side yard. So don't worry, nothing was wasted! We also took out the fruit trees and were able to save them and re-plant some, and gave a few to our friends. But man oh man, digging out tree's is no joke! That task took us a whole weekend, but we were glad we did it ourselves and were able to save some mulla. 

Our little helper!

Our little helper!

Here is a little inspiration as to what we are planning on doing. A hot tub is a must because my husband is obsessed with them. He will be in them, even in the hottest weather, like Palm Springs and Vegas. He is crazy, but I love him and I have a lot of time for hot tubs! We also want a wood deck that surrounds the hot tub, but this all depends on if it fits into our budget. The deck might have to wait a few years if it doesn't. We definitely want an outdoor dining area, and a separate area with lounge furniture where we can relax and hang. I want the whole vibe of the yard to be tropical. I'm thinking palm tree's, bird of paradise, and lots of colorful flowers. What do you guys think of my mood board, do you think I can pull this look together? 

backyard mood board