watch the flowers grow

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Have you heard the song  “Flowers in the Window?” It’s a song that has been playing over and over in my head lately, specifically the line… “watch the flowers grow.”  This is our theme song for our recent backyard overhaul. When we bought this house two years ago, the yard, along with almost everything else was in sad condition.  Although we started with some interior work, b/c we love spending time in our last home’s yard, we knew it wouldn’t be long before we attacked the new backyard as well. In fact one of the reasons we purchased this house was b/c we knew it had potential for an amazing indoor/outdoor living space. In our recent master suite remodel we added french doors that opened up on to the yard, and the year before when we did the family room we also added two french doors to open up on to our patio to replace one small slider.

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Then there was a falling down retaining wall, and some really creepy platform/stage thing in the back (that we still don’t know what it was intended for). The patio was too small for the yard and lifting in the corners. It needed to be replaced, along with the fence which consisted of a chainlink fence on one side, and a hodgepodge of fences in the back that was rotting in places. It also needed to go.

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Phase one: Last summer we started with removing it all, retaining wall, weird stage, patio, and dirt oh so much dirt!!  We poured a new patio that wraps around to the master bedroom patio, and put in a new fence on two sides.

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Phase two: This spring we hired  http://rivercitygardens.com/ do the design, and http://www.jwlic.com/ to do the construction. Both were fabulous to work with, and did an incredible job!!  Kathryn from River City Gardens was amazing, we gave her some ideas of what we liked, and pretty much she spot on with her design! The contractors were equally incredible. Jaylene and team were professional, and transformed our yard.

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In the end we are thrilled with how it all turned out! It well exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to seeing our boys grow up in this yard, and watching the flowers grow.

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