Nest Tour: Exterior
The biggest project we’ve taken on since moving in is building a deck. Make that hiring someone to build a deck. It’s added on a good bit of living space and we really love using it. I went with a green-on-green color scheme to compliment the trees behind our house, the green wrought iron patio set and Taylor’s Big Green Egg.
The Front Yard
As you can see, the yard is fairly large. The changes we’ve made have mostly been with the landscaping.
We planted Leland cypress trees to serve as a visual barrier, since we live on a main road. These were planted in 2010 and some have tripled in size in less than 2 years! In the spring (2012), we will likely remove the Gold Dust bushes closer to the road. We left them initially to protect the wee baby cypress. Gold Dust Woman, however? Terrible karaoke song…at the end it goes something like this: “Whoa death…awkward pause…moon shadow…awkward pause…black widow.” Avoid at all costs.
Here’s the day we planted them and 18 months later.
Taylor is our outdoor visionary. He dug up our front beds and curved them, and replaced all the plants. He dug up all the boxwoods and holly from the Before picture and replaced them with Indian hawthorne, rosemary, pencil holly, sawgrass, gardenias, some purply things and planted confederate jasmine to grow up the railing.
We also removed the section of the railing right in front of the door and used some stepping stones and rocks to form a natural-ish path into the yard.
We arranged new house number from Home Depot in a fun configuration on our white door.
A little bonus feature in our backyard is this granite firepit.
Taylor cleaned off the patio—unearthing about 10 feet of it that was covered in mud—and we hung some Globe Lights for ambiance (and so you wouldn’t kill yourself traipsing down there.) Now it’s a great spot for parties. I have my sights set on some s’more making in the fall.
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