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The Backyard

There are some updating tasks that I adore doing.

I love drywalling and spackling, and demolishing old stuff.  I love rolling on paint and painting trim.  I can peel off wallpaper until the cows come home (okay, well, that one is a bit of a stretch).

For all the things I love to do, I feel like updating the backyard is the most monstrous task at the house.  It doesn’t help that Canadian seasons allow for such little useable backyard time.

Here’s the rundown:

The Pool

The 24′ semi-above ground pool was installed sometime in the mid 2000s.  Someone replaced the liner in 2013… before it was closed for the 2014 and 2015 seasons with a ridiculous quantity of leaves on the bottom.

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There are some leaves on the bottom of the pool from this year’s opening.
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The mound to the far right of this above picture is where an old rusty flagpole stood until earlier this afternoon.
Plan:  

The pool itself is in good shape and doesn’t need much work (other than a good vacuum, I know, I know.)

  • Trim the overgrown bush beside the poolDone!
  • Clean up the patio stones and walkway around the pool

The Lower Deck 

The lower deck covers half of the yard and surrounds much of the pool.  It once held a rusty metal gazebo with no cover.

I like to think of it as a blank, splintery canvas with potential for outdoor living space.

It’s also adjacent to the a large dead ash tree that’s in the works to be removed.

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The spots of lighter wood are from when the Mr. washed our winter cover weights for the pool.

The deck boards have come unseated in some spots.

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There are more spots like this.
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The steps that lead to the pump house are broken and unlevel.
Plan:
  • Wash and stain all the deck boards.
  • Fix any wooden boards that are sticking up.
  • Replace the broken steps that lead to the pump house.
  • Install a new gazebo.
  • Debate whether the gazebo should go back in the corner or in the middle of the deck.

The Upper Deck

The upper deck is attached to the patio doors and leads out to an old barbecue that was left behind, a patio set we acquired for free, and a wooden bench.  We also have a large swing that hasn’t made its way out of the basement yet.

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There’s a set of stairs that leads down to the concrete and the deck.  The last two steps are a doozy.  To the right of the stairs (not pictured) is our actual barbecue.
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The free patio set we once acquired doesn’t inspire us to eat outside much.
Plan:
  • Wash siding and replace bath mat – Done!
  • Trim bush that is growing into the upper deckDone!
  • Refinish the patio chairs and table.Part I and Part II
  • Continue washing the deck boards and/or seal them.
  • Replace the lightbulb above the patio door.
  • Get rid of the second barbecue.
  • Add pillows and a rug that can stay outside for the summer.

12 thoughts on “The Backyard

  1. Looks great! So much awesome potential!! I can see why you are a little overwhelmed- I would be too.. Can’t wait to see it finished..

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to share it once it’s finished. Now, if only the rain would stop for a little while so I can go back to working at it.

  2. Looks great! So much awesome potential!! I can see why you are a little overwhelmed- I would be too.. Can’t wait to see it finished..

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to share it once it’s finished. Now, if only the rain would stop for a little while so I can go back to working at it.

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