Let’s Take This Party Outside!



If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time you know as the summer approaches we spend many of our days doing projects outside and also manage to squeeze in some fun time on the lake. If you’re new here this summer you’re in for lot’s of outdoor projects, pictures of our lake, gardening and lots more.

But it all starts with a plan right. So I thought it be fun to quickly look back at some of the projects we managed to work on last year. It’s sometimes fun to see how far you’ve come and then take a look what you want to do next. Soon I’ll share some of the plans we have for this year.

But let’s start at the very beginning, you can see why we fell in love with the place from the picture below. It was taken during our home inspection back in September of 2009. I still remember the first time I walked down the driveway peaked around the corner and noticed the view. Honestly I think the house could have been falling over for all we cared because the view was mesmerizing.

Lake View 2 I was newly pregnant and nauseous at the time but a view like that was enough to snap me out of it momentarily. Even that cute little island I first shared here was adorable in our minds.

Lake View

Fortunately for us the house wasn’t falling down, the yard for a lakefront home was a generous size with a nice lawn. It was something that we knew we could work with to make ours. In the end it all worked out and now we get to call this place ours and have begun to turn it into the home and yard of our dreams.

Fast forward two years to last summer we did a TON of work in the yard over the course of a few months. The main event was definitely by far the completion of the deck that surrounds the above ground pool. We finally finished staining this beast it in November and it takes center stage by bridging the two levels of the yard and making the above ground pool infinitely more useful for summer fun in the sun.

Lakeside Deck

Lakeside Deck 2

Our great deck building project also included a matching fence to separate the lawn area from the lower portion of the yard which leads directly to the lake. A cute little gate makes keeping little ones safe up top a breeze and the lake down below still has a generous portion of land yet untouched by us with loads of white rock scattered about which we hope to focus more on this year.

Lakeside Deck 3

The stone stairs leading from the gate were also another project that happened over last summer. You can see a better picture of it below from before we had the fence completed.

They look gorgeous and were completely free thanks in no small part to my Dad who built them and uncle who donated the stones. They’re so much more functional than the steep stepping stone path that used to exist.

While the guys were working on the stone steps and fence my mom and I bought a number of colorful perennials to create a little garden tucked into the corner. In the summer time it comes alive with flowing grasses and flowers. I can hardly wait for it to start blooming again.

Lakeside Garden The outer fence that separates our yard from the street also saw some action last year with the addition of some evergreens, hostas, tiger lilies and lupines to break up the long expanse of fencing. Changing it from long and gray…

to lush and green.

 One of our last planting projects of the season was to remove some of the rogue tomatoes plants that cropped up outside of their designated vegetable plot, plant some seed to fill in those bare spots and fixed up those horseshoe pits with some stone and sand.

Rogue Tomoto Colony 2

We also added some holly bushes along the interior fence, so much better than the weeds and monster tomatoes I think.

Yup it’s come a long way, but we’ve still got so much planned. So what’s in store this year you asked? We’ve got big plans to fix up the part of our yard that buts up directly to the lake. Right now its mostly a blank white stone canvas, which is too hot in the summer and unfriendly on bare feet to say the least. The view below is what you see as you come down those stone stairs I mentioned above and the second photo is as you come around the side.

Lake portion of the yard

Lake portion of the yard 2 Right now it’s not exactly the lush calming retreat we’d like it to be. But we have plans…big plans.

Well that’s it for now, next time I’ll share more of what we’ve got planned here for both this summer coming up and some more long term plans. Until then, is anyone else tired just looking at all that work. I know I am, good thing the results are totally worth it.

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  • Bernhardt

    Beautiful yard and view!  I’m gathering ideas for our outside projects and you have such inspiration!
    dee dee

    • OurLakeLife

      Thanks Dee Dee, we actually spent a bunch of time outside this weekend planning some projects. I can’t wait to get started. Just a few more weeks till it’s warm enough.

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