Our new back yard is double the size of the home we rented for the past few years. Needless to say... we are excited! Whats funny is I have grand plans for our backyard but when I think of all the things I'd like to add... there will be no room for me and all the peoples. Here are 10 things I'd like to incorporate:
1. Outdoor Kitchen/Grill
Friends, my man can grill! Being the food loving lady that I am, I want my man to have a place where he can grill me all the things! However, the grill is NOT the most pleasant thing to look at. I'm thinking Brick and concrete counter tops but I'm digging any of these options.
Yes, it is hot in AZ a good long chunk of the year but we do get some cool nights here in the desert. My kids love having friends over for the occasional "bonfire". We love to gather, hang out and who doesn't love s'mores? I wouldn't mind warming up in these spaces.
I am very "square" when it comes to pools. I like clean, straight lines where I can sit in one spot and see every inch of the pool. Plus I love the look a symmetrical pool can bring to a space. The last pic is all my kids dreams in one but looks like a stressful day at the pool to me...
I had an in ground trampoline growing up and it was the best! It is always a challenge to include a trampoline in your backyard design but I think the in ground tramps are the way to go.
5. Chicken Coop
I was not raised on a farm, nor did I spend much time chasing chickens as a kid... I just want one. I want my kids to have the responsibility of cleaning and looking after chickens. I also love the idea of getting free eggs and if ever there was a need... some flying dinner in the back yard.
6. Patio Dining
I love eating outside and relaxing on the patio. I like playing games out there and chatting with the people I love. It really is happy place for me. I'm always on the lookout for stylish and comfortable patio furniture. I like inviting spaces like these...
Whether its a flower garden or a vegetable garden, I have to have one. More opportunities for provident living and teaching kids responsibility and life skills? Sign. Me. Up.
We use our hammock a lot! Ours is a bit of an eye sore so I'm on the hunt for an aesthetically pleasing space for a hammock in our outside living space. I'm definitely in love with these...
I'm a sucker for a Pergola. It is more of a want for me... it's a need. Nothing makes an outdoor space complete quite like a pergola. Love, love, love them!
10. Backyard Miscellaneous
No backyard is complete without a ping pong table, projector theatre and extra storage, right?! Well all of this would be a great bonus to any backyard of a home that is about to be over run by teenagers!
Let's be honest, I'll be lucky to incorporate any of this in my new backyard. From the looks of it now, only half of my list is realistic for our space. Now it's time to narrow it down and map it out so I can present it to the husband...
Making a House a Home
We just moved into a home of our very own. It's a great house and we are pretty thrilled to have a permanent place to call ours. Usually when I move I'm completely unpacked after 2 weeks. That is not the case this move. Ha. I just can't seem to get in the mood nor make any decisions on placement of furniture and decor. We also need new furniture for new spaces but I can't decide if we sell what we got then buy or buy then sell the old? So much to think about!
This Memorial weekend we reseeded our front yard. The first project of many! I felt like a true homeowner. It was fun. There are a few things we would like to do to the house that will help this new house feel like OUR Home. How do you decide where to start? I'm slightly overwhelmed at the moment and unsure what, where, and how to get started. So instead of actually making any decisions, I Pinterest Surf for something to Inspire me. Here are a few things I would love to incorporate into our home...
I lucked out and got a kitchen that I LOVE! There is not much I would want to change about it. I have a great Window over my sink and I'd love to make it more of a focal point.
2. Master Bathroom
Our Master Bathroom is one of the places that was not upgraded. I love that we get to customize it to our wants, needs and style. Luckily my husband and I are in agreement that we would like a concrete counter top trough sink. My husband is very talented and I think we could realistically pull this off on a modest budget. ( he used to do this for a living)
For now we have our Laundry room & Mudroom in the Garage and it works for now. Eventually, I'd like to put an addition onto the side of our home adding a Laundry room, mudroom, and half bath. I'd do laundry in any of the spaces below.
4. Family Room
My husband and I have been debating whether or not to knock down the wall that divides our Family Room from our Kitchen. I have always loved in OPEN floor plan and give me a sledge hammer and I'd be knocking down all the walls. My husband is a bit more realistic and concerned about the noise level. I see his point but I also see all the pretty open living spaces like these...
I'm a lover of fireplaces... not because I need one just because they are pretty. We don't have one in this home but I'm not opposed to a faux fireplace.
So many decisions to be made and no idea what to tackle first. Hopefully when the kids get back to school in the fall I'll be able to get the ball rolling.
What has been your favorite house project? Any renovation nightmares?
Hi I'm Cindi! When I'm not chasing after kids or dogs... oh wait, that never happens!