2012 Landscape Project

For the past couple of years, we’ve focused on improving our home’s curb appeal.  Projects have included:  a new driveway, parking area, and patio; steps leading from the patio to the basement; extending several landscape beds; installing irrigation; and last year, killing every blade of grass in our lawn to eradicate my enemy, Bermuda grass, and then establishing a new lawn.

The grass has come in nicely, here’s what it looked like shortly after it was planted in September 2011.

Our 2012 landscape project will be to replace steps that Mr. SP built leading from the patio to the yard with ones that coordinate with our driveway. 

Mr. SP is quite handy.  He used landscape timbers to form the sides of the steps and leftover pavers for the tops. There’s nothing wrong with his steps, but he’s never been quite satisfied with them. The plan is to start the new steps to the right of the existing ones.

Here you can get a better view of the patio and steps.  The new steps will coordinate with the ones you see to the left.

One more level will be added to this wall.  This will look better and it will make the area easier to mow.
Step Project3

The Greenstone patio will be edged with pavers that match the wall and driveway.

The steps will lead to a path to the basement.

Mr. SP has a large woodworking shop, but he likes to bring certain equipment outside to use.  The concrete pad will be extended to give him a bit more workspace.  Instead of having an awkward space to mow, the landscape bed will curve around to meet the new sidewalk.

We’re pretty excited about our plan and hope that we can start on this project soon. 


  1. YOur home is gorgeous and all of your plans are fabulous. What a huge lot and so beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  2. Your projects are always ambitious, but judging by their fine results, this one will be another winner! I look forward to all the “in progress” blog posts.

  3. How smart to use spray paint to mark off the areas to be worked on! I think your plans are great…lots of fun projects. 🙂

  4. I love all of your project plans! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

    Our backyard is a never-ending project. Last year we finished the biggest part of it with a big covered patio. This year we really need to work on the drainage problem and getting our grass to grow better. There’s always something to do, huh?


  5. What great plans Paula, very exciting! Can’t wait to see more!
    Following through linky!!!

  6. Looks like a great plan! Love your brick paver driveway. Perfect curb appeal.
    Wish I had a handy hubby! I own all the tools in the family.

    Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  7. Amazing! I love how you wrote on the photos! My husband and I are not-so-handy so I admire people who are! We need to do some major landscaping work at our new house. The house is white brick… what kind of stone or stamped concrete do you think would look best?

  8. Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to see it all finished! I love landscaping…and I’m lucky too that my Mr. enjoys it as well.
    P.S. Your driveway looks awesome!

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