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Family Friendly Backyard Plan: Our Next Big Project (BEFORE Pictures)

For our next big renovation, we’re tackling our backyard. In this article we are sharing the hideous before pictures that will make you cringe and talking all about our backyard plan and to-do list.

I’ve been hinting at it for months now, but the action is finally starting on our next big project! We’re starting a big backyard makeover. When we’re done, we’ll have a gorgeous family friendly backyard complete with a playground area for our little ones, entertaining space and more!

Today we’re sharing all of the hideous (and I really mean hideous) before pictures and telling you all about our big plans for our backyard renovation, which is starting NOW.

We’re sharing the progress on the big project in real time over on our Instagram page, so be sure to follow along there!

This backyard plan article contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

BEFORE PICTURES

I know, I know…it’s pretty rough.

Truth be told, we really wanted to tackle the backyard last summer, but we ran out of time. So for basically two summers now, this space has been pretty neglected because we knew a big renovation was needed.

Our Backyard Makeover To-Do List

Now…speaking of that big renovation! Here’s what we’re thinking!

  • Remove weeds & sidewalk and level backyard
  • Create separate playground area with soft rubber mulch & edging to keep it contained
  • Plant large grassy area
  • Add comfortable seating area with view of entire backyard to keep an eye on the kids while they are playing
  • Add landscaped areas for flowers and shrubs
  • Replace ground cover behind wood deck along fence to front gate
  • Install large paver patio with fire pit to extend entertaining area off of wood deck and tie that side yard area in with the rest of the backyard
  • Replace walkway from backyard to paver patio
  • Add lounge furniture on paver patio around fire pit
  • Refresh decor & dining furniture on wood deck – UPDATE: Check out our finished refreshed cozy patio here!
  • MAYBE (IF WE HAVE TIME)…. chances are slim, but we’ll see:
    • Build / get backyard toy storage
    • Build firewood storage near fire pit
    • Create small raised bed garden area
    • Add creative privacy shield to block view of trailer in corner

Our Backyard Plan

shows a rough plan of the back yard renovation with text at bottom that says DIY backyard landscaping plan

If you’re curious how it looks all drawn out, here’s what I came up with. Nothing super fancy, but at least we have it all written down to keep us organized. Things may change slightly as we get going, but here’s the general idea.

Our Backyard Mood Board

shows various parts of a backyard that are used for inspiration with overlay text that says backyard plans

Because a lot of items were either back ordered or shipping took a long time in this global environment, we’ve actually already ordered a lot of the items we’re using in the backyard plan. The boxes are literally piling up in our front yard & garage as we receive shipments!

I didn’t include anything in the mood board for the lounge furniture around the fire pit. We’re still not sure what we want to do there, but who knows…Maybe I’ll find a good deal at end of summer sales.

Depending on how the weather holds out or how long the other items take us, we may hold off on that part until next Spring.

Don’t forget to follow along as we continue sharing the progress on the big project in real time over on our Instagram page in Stories!

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