Sunday, January 1, 2012

Backyard Oasis

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year to you all! 

I thought it would be nice to move outside my home for a post or two.  It seems to be a nice change after all of the Christmas posts...and plus, the inside is a mess right now!

Since we moved into our home 10 years ago we've wanted to create a backyard oasis for our family.  Our home is on 2 acres and we have a huge backyard so we knew this would be a very large project.  Mr. Country has always wanted a built in pool so we decided to incorporate this into our design plans.  I'm sure you know how these things can get out of hand. Our current plan includes a swimming pool with waterfall and pool house, patio off the deck and walkway leading to the driveway with a pergola as the entrance.  We are hoping to start the pool in early spring but been having problems with the township.  Hopefully they will be resolved soon.

We finished the first phase in November and just love how it came out.  I'm so excited to plant a garden here in the spring.  This side of the house gets lots of sun so I know that I will be growing plenty of gorgeous perennials.

Here is the before picture of where the new patio is.  Just uneven grass and mud.  

The masons working hard!

This is the walkway that leads to the driveway.  

This is the driveway entrance looking into the yard.  The pergola, once 
completed, will match the one on the deck.

The finished product.  Now we just need some nice furniture!

The completed walkway.  Mr. Country will stone face the base of the columns and build the pergola.  We're hoping for a mild winter so we can get all of this done.  

We added stepping stones to the shed.  This area would always flood when it 
rained so it was raised about one foot.  We still need to add dirt and mulch to this area.

I'll post pictures as we complete more of this project.  We are hoping to have the 
pool and all of the hardscape done by May.  Wish us luck!

I'll be partying with, 


  1. I love it. I wish we could do something with our backyard. The grass has become all weeds now. Love your large patio and walkway and what a cute storage house.

  2. Marianne,
    Your patio and walkway are just gorgeous. I bet you are already planning the flowers for your bed! It will be just beautiful. And I've always wanted a pergola. I can't wait to see the progress you make with the pool, etc.

  3. This is just fantastic, it is really well planned and so nice. The little shed is adorable and the finished pergola will be spectacular.

  4. Marianne, I can already imagine what your backyard is going to look like! Gorgeous!
    I can't wait to see it all finished!

  5. Beautiful patio! And the pergola and gate are coming along very nicely! That is going a beautiful as well! The little shed is precious! Can't wait to see the end results!

  6. Very nice..I am in love with your adorable pretty! You have a great piece of property.

  7. What a beautiful home you have Marian. I love your yard! Happy New year to you.

  8. That is so awesome! You are going to have a backyard paradise! Simply beautiful.

  9. Oh my gosh this will be a real oasis. Love all the stone. Can't wait to see it all green and in bloom!

  10. Marianne I love your landscaping plans , truly beautiful!! I adore pergolas!

    Crossing my fingers for a mild winter as well!


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  11. How fantastic it will be. Love the stone. Thank you for sharing. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. I like what you did! Come spring (and summer) it will be an amazing space!

  13. Looks fantastic! And, I love your storage house ... the walkway to it is perfection!

  14. Hi Marianne,

    Your outdoor space is gorgeous. You have one beautiful backyard. The pool sounds wonderful. I love the shed too.

    I can't wait to see more.