Our backyard wishlist
- The decks that came with the home are great but limited in size. We wanted to expand the living space out with a patio using a hard surface like pavers so we could put a dining table and seating.
- Grass area to provide some green relief from all the rock and dry terrain. And per my husband, a place to “kick the ball around”. I dislike grass and it requires a lot of water, so we settled on artificial grass.
- Fruit trees
- A succulent garden
- Planter box for growing vegetables
- Plants to cover the slope and break up all the brown
- Low maintenance – We are not exactly green thumbs and we live in an area where the temperature is mild but we get coastal fog and crazy winds.
- Drought tolerant – We live in California.
Learnings so far
- If you are undertaking a major landscape project or renovation double check if you need permits or approvals from your city or HOA, especially if you live in a planned community. Allow extra time for this process. We had several rounds of revisions and questions from the city on our plan. As tempting as it is, it’s not wise to start your project without the appropriate approvals.
- If you are designing your project yourself it is helpful to agree on the list of must haves going in and the things you can compromise or sacrifice if it came down to budget.
- Know your limits – If you’re handy and up for the challenge go for it. But recognizing the time, energy, and resources a backyard or landscape project takes will help set expectations and reduce frustration. The worst is to run out of steam and leave projects half-finished.
- Have a budget, even if it’s made up and pulled from thin air. At least you’ll start with a number you’re comfortable spending. Backyard projects can quickly add up and there will be so many enticing things you’ll want to add or think you must have along the way. Having a plan and a budget will help you manage it.