Thursday, May 20, 2010

Show and Tell Friday - Before and After Our Back Yard

BEFORE - 2004

It’s Cindy’s My Romantic Home  "Show And Tell Friday"!
I have posted photos of our back yard with our new screened in porch and deck previously.  Now I thought I would show you what it looked like when we moved in and before we built the new porch and deck.

The old wooded deck was built by the previous owners.  It was in horrible shape - warped badly, screws and nails popping, rails loose - and just plain ugly.  You couldn't walk on it in bare feet.  The only good feature was the nice large size.  The old deck had one of those roll up awnings  - which didn't work very well if there was any wind and when the sun set there was no shade at all.  We moved in to our home in January 2000 and this photo was taken in 20004 just after we had the Serviceberry tree planted next to the deck.  The tree looks like a big bush here in the before photo.

AFTER - 2010 - same view today six years later

BEFORE - 2004 - Serviceberry tree and one of  “little” Leyland Cypress evergreens to the right

BEFORE - 2004 - we planted six Leyland Cypresses - our back yard is  very narrow - that is our neighbor’s garden.  The River Birch tree hasn't been planted yet.

BEFORE - 2006 - River Birch tree planted in front of growing Leyland Cypress evergreens 

BEFORE - 2004 - the Leyland Cypress evergreens planted just inside our property line.

AFTER - 2010- same view today - those Leyland Cypress evergreens grow 3 to 4 feet per year!

BEFORE - 2004 - looking down  our back yard  property (just planted Leyland Cypress evergreens) line to our side yard  which goes all the way back to the big trees .  Our side yard is pie shape and  is the largest part of the yard.

AFTER - 2010- same view today - the back yard is totally private!  That's our River Birch tree in front of the Leyland Cypress Evergreens.  The white bark shows up beautifully in winter.  

After - 2010 - our view today ... our new porch is three years old now!  

We  designed the new screened in porch and deck (it's a little bigger than the old wooden deck) with the two staircases but had professionals build it.  

Hope you enjoyed our Before and AFter Back Yard.  Our new porch is our pride and joy.  We love sitting out here .  Thanks for visiting me!
Blog over to our host Cindy’s My Romantic Home (here) to see more “Show And Tell Friday”!
Sandy at Teacup Lane

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  1. What a beautiful yard. Your patience paid off.

  2. You have a very beautiful back yard....I amazed how much your tress and bushes have grown. Great new deck too!

  3. What a great back porch!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. You have got to be kidding me. Great job. I'm very impressed. Love all the evergreens.

    You leave tomorrow...I think... Have a wonderful time and be safe.

    Time for this kid to hit the hay. Long day out in my playground,

  5. I love your before and after pictures.;) As you know I am a great fan of such photography.;)
    You have a lovely house and the garden has indeed become lushious.;) Love it.;)
    Have a lovely Friday and good luck with the trip preparations.;)

  6. You have done a wonderful job and your porch looks like a great place to sit and have coffee! On another note, I love to crochet and I enjoyed looking at your projects. Isn't it fun!! My in-laws are snowbirds and when they are in town we sit at the park and crochet together, that is fun too! Have a great one!

  7. Great before and after photos and what a great result with your new porch.
    Have a great holiday

  8. What a beautiful, private yard you have. I love trees, they just make everything so lovely. Your porch is gorgeous and your screened in area, too. You have done a really great job of all of it!

  9. What a lovely garden and I love the deck - and your house ------ gorgeous!! x

  10. Hi Sandy! I am a huge tree lover. What a lovely yard you have!! Just beautiful!!

    Susan and Bentley

  11. Your backyard looks so beautiful and peaceful. Your porch looks like a great place to enjoy some sun tea and a good book!! Fabulous landscaping!

  12. I would love to have a screened in porch. Yours is perfect! And what a beautiful yard.

  13. I love the porch! Looks like you can sit there hours crocheting listening to the birds sing and drinking a tall glass of lemonade or sweet tea.
    The whole yard came together beautifully.

  14. Hi Sandy,
    What a difference! Beautiful trees and the grass is so thick. The screened in porch is wonderful, I can see why you would like being out there. The privacy the trees afford is great. Very pretty!

  15. Beautiful yard...and I also planted Leyland about 15 years ago and now can not see or hear my neighbors love those tree's...ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  16. Looks great! What a wonderful way to enjoy your beautiful backyard from the comfort of a screened porch. Love it!