When we bought our small house five years ago, I loved absolutely everything about it… except for the small yard. With a good sized patio, a gigantic tree, and a two car garage, we had very little yard left for The Goose to play or for our family garden.
But that’s all about to change…
A few weeks ago, we noticed a for sale sign in the empty lot that backs up to our back yard, and we decided to buy it! We are so excited to tear down the fence and start planning the backyard we’ve always dreamed of. The problem? Now that our yard has essentially quadrupled in size, we have approximately 712 ideas of what to do with all of that space, and we’re having a hard time narrowing our ideas down.
Here are some of our ideas for our new backyard:
1) Bigger garden. This one is a given. In past years, our garden has been pretty big (at 1,200 square feet, it was actually larger than our house!). But it was a long, thin rectangle which made it hard to water efficiently, and even harder to maintain. With our new yard, we’re hoping to have a more traditional square garden or to use raised beds for easier access to our plants. No matter which way we do it, one thing is for sure – The Goose is definitely going to have his own garden again this year.
2) Larger playset for The Goose. For years and years, The Goose has wanted a tree house of some sort, but we’ve never been able have one because the only tree in our back yard was so huge, it would never work. But, now that we will have more land to work with, my husband has been looking at designs for raised playhouses, that can hopefully incorporate our existing wooden swingset.
3) Blackberry bushes. My sister-in-law has blackberry bushes along one side of her backyard, and I am always dragging my husband and The Goose over there to pick them when her family is out of town. We’re thinking about planting several of them along the back fence, or just behind the garage, so that they are out of the way, and we won’t have to worry about the kids being scratched by the thorns.
4) Clothesline. I’ve always, always, always wanted a proper clothesline. We had one when I was growing up, and there is nothing better than freshly washed that have been dried on a clothesline. In the past, we had a makeshift clothesline, extending from the side of the garage, around the tree and over the garden, but it looked ridiculous. Soon, I’ll have the clothesline of my dreams! (It’s the little things, right?)
5) Porch swing. Whenever we go to the grocery store, The Goose insists on sitting on the porch swing in front. He loves it – and more than once I’ve had to wake him up after the rocking has caused him to doze off in the middle of the afternoon. We’ve never had room for a porch swing before, but we will have plenty of space now.
Lastly, and this is a big one…
6) Addition on the back of the house. When we first bought our house, our plan was to add an upstairs, giving us a couple extra bedrooms, and maybe an extra bathroom. But, as it turns out, older homes like ours (which was built in 1927), don’t exactly adhere to modern building codes. So that plan went out the window. But, now that we have more yard to work with, we may be able to extend out the kitchen (which is way too small for me), and add a dormer on the back of the house, giving us a third bedroom.
Right now, we are all so excited to expand our yard, and even though we have big plans, we need to take things one step at a time. Which is easier said than done, especially where an eager five-year-old is concerned!