Happy Friday everyone! Aaron is off work today and I have these grand plans of getting a million things done on the house, but let’s be honest, it’s 24/7 baby town over here. Sigh. It’s fantastic and it’s frustrating all at the same time.

We’ve little time to do much else but plan projects, and that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve been slowly making a list a mile along of things we’d like to tackle… adding things, removing them, tweaking them… essentially our master plan.

One of the bigger projects we have on our list is the backyard. I took these photos at dusk a few nights ago so the quality is not great, but it’s good enough for right now.

Our backyard is on the smaller side, bordered by neighbors’ fences. Nearly one half of it is taken up by a poured concrete pad (meant for a future garage) and a very large tree. The narrow driveway that runs down the side of the house leads directly to the raised concrete pad.

Backyard Plans

Here is the view of our backyard from the back porch. You can see that the end of the concrete pad is raised a good 3′ off the ground. Somewhat hazardous!

Backyard Plans

We have three goals for this backyard.

Goal #1: Make it safe for the boys next summer, who will most likely be walking by then! The edge of the pad scares me for that reason.

Goal #2: Make the entire backyard dog-friendly aka fenced in.

Goal #3: The long game goal would be to put the concrete pad to good use and build a one-car garage with an overhead loft for storage but we see that being 10-15ish years away. Right now we need that space for additional room to play / socialize / enjoy the outdoors.

Backyard Plans

So, let’s talk about the concrete pad. We have been talking about building a waist-high fence/barrier of some sort around the perimeter of the raised pad. We see ourselves using this space as a play space, dining space and for just generally hanging out. We don’t have a back porch of any kind (minus the tiny one off our back door) so this will act as that.

The design for that waist-high fence is up in the air—we can do something as simple as a short picket-like fence OR we can get a little more crazy (read: design-y) with it. Guess which camp I am in. 🙂

I love the idea of installing cedar box planters around the perimeter. We don’t have much opportunity for landscaping back here and the box planters would certainly help provide a home for plants. Plus, it will look darn cool. We’d have to make them somewhat skinny so we don’t steal too much surface real estate from the pad. I’d fill those planters with natural mosquito repellers too.

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The leaves us with the perimeter of the entire backyard. We have been looking into prices on a horizontal cedar fence, very similar to the one Alison at Deuce Cities Henhouse had installed. It’ll be a bit pricey (especially because we’d like the cedar stained, too) but we will make some final decisions when the bids come in. We may have to swap out the cedar for something a little more basic.

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We also have the issue of the backyard opening up to the driveway… meaning we need to make the decision to either fence off this space (separating the pad from the driveway… see below) or install some sort of gate ($$) to span this space.

Backyard Plans


Alison had a similar dilemma and the gate fence she had installed is nearly identical to what we would need.

Source: Deuce Cities Henhouse

So that’s where we are. This will either be an early Fall project or will be late Spring next year. It all depends on the bids


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  • what’s up with that big drop off?! weird. and, yes, definitely not toddler friendly….can’t wait to see how things come together out there 🙂

  • Melanie says:

    I love the look of the fencing! Brad and his dad built some gates for our backyard and for the deck recently–all designed for house security and toddler containment. We’ll have to have you all out sometime to see them. 🙂

    I also really like the idea of tall planters, but I wonder if you’ll just have a different set of issues (toddlers trying to push them off the pad, eating the dirt/plants, etc). What plants are natural mosquito repellants?

  • Check out Hi Sugarplum’s new fence. It’s pretty design-y and cool. That might be a good solution for you!

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