There is a major backyard re-do underway at our house. We spend a lot of time in our backyard and want to create an outdoor living and entertaining space we can enjoy year-round.
When we bought the house in 1997 our needs were different. We installed a large grassy area for our kids to run around and play in and that grass served us well for many years.
Here are some photos of our backyard in 1998 when after we laid the sod and planted the trees.
However, it takes a lot of precious water and a huge amount of maintenance here in the desert to keep the lawn green, healthy and vibrant. I’m talking a shit ton of maintenance. And seriously, who wants to mow that much grass? It is so not fun mowing in the summer months when the temperature regularly passes the 100 degree mark and lands in the hundred and teens. And don’t even get me started about the mosquitos during monsoon season. Ugh.
And so, 19 years later, the time is right to build a new backyard in the style we’ve been dreaming about for a while: a mix of Southern California/Santa Barbara/hacienda courtyard with Mexican, Spanish and Mediterranean influences.
Elements include an extensive brick patio, built-in seating, fire pit and textured retaining walls. We’ll add a large market umbrella for shade, Talavera tile and pottery, and dreamy and subtle lighting for when the sun goes down.
We’ll be keeping the jacuzzi, all six existing trees and planting colorful (and drought tolerant) plants such as bougainvillea, lantana, rosemary, statice and more.
Stay tuned for updates on the progress as we build our new dream backyard.