Schubert HQ: front yard landscaping progress

We’ve made progress on Schubert HQ this summer!!

Granted, this project cost us money we would have rather not had to spend … but this project HAD to be done for our HOA deadline, and we simply didn’t have the time to do it ourselves.

The backyard, though. That still looks like crap and we’ll probably end up doing that ourselves.

Anyway … all that to say, our house no longer looks like it’s “haunted” as Andrew has been describing it….

Andrew has been doing little projects here and there …. weeding and clearing out leaves and attempting to keep some flowers alive.

And then in June he braved a BIG project of ridding our front yard of a couple tons or so of gravel.

Then we just had an UGLY front yard …. in need of some TLC.

Here’s a BEFORE shot … You can see all the gravel on the right side of the yard, and all the dirt+tiny grass patches on the left.

yardwork  009

One of Andrew’s co-workers recently bought a house and really likes his landscaper, so we called that guy to come out, take a look and give us a quote.

The guy (Jose) came out on a Tuesday morning with a couple members of his team (including his son Richard who couldn’t have been older than 15 and *clearly* spending his summer working for his dad). They took a look at the yard before knocking on the door, so I surreptitiously watched them through the curtains. All I could think is they were sizing up exactly how ugly this poor yard was and thinking about how much work it would be.

So, we hired them to thin out our front tree, fix/extend the sprinkler system (there were no sprinklers under the gravel, obviously), till the dirt and plant grass…. All very basic things that just needed to be done for the HOA deadline.

And we woke up that Friday morning (730a or so) to a yard-full of branches already cut from the tree.

They started EARLY!

frontyard  020

frontyard  010

Friday was spent thinning the tree, tilling the soil and making the sprinkler system workable …

frontyard  024

frontyard  030

frontyard  033

frontyard  015

frontyard  035

I honestly loved the scent of that freshly tilled soil ….You can just tell that this dirt was ready to be planted (unlike the sad, dead-feeling dirt yard we had before).

Monday morning they came back to finish the job – laying down the sod and testing the sprinklers….

frontyard  010

So interesting to watch them fit the pieces together.

You can kind of see in this shot below that we’ve left the gravel along the side of the house for now. Eventually that will also be out of there and replaced with a walkway and a small garden, I think….

frontyard  006

frontyard  012

frontyard  004

frontyard  016

(Here’s another look at BEFORE)

yardwork  009


frontyard  017

It looks GOOD in real life! And now I think our neighbors probably like us that much more ….

Although, clearly, we still have a LONG WAY to go ….

List of want-to-dos include:

  • extending the side wall all the way to the sidewalk (as a low retaining wall)
  • rebuild a fence blocking in the back yard (right now it’s just a half-wall)
  • build a brick walkway along the side of the house and turning the corner to the front of the house
  • plant in the resulting triangle of space between the brick walkway and retaining wall (I’m thinking maybe an herb garden)
  • replace the front columns with brick (or wrap existing with brick)
  • build a small planter between the columns to divide the space between the brick “porch” and the lawn
  • paint the exterior of the house (gray and white with a red door) and reroof
  • add lighting to either side of the garage

I think that’s all I can think of for now.

The grass was installed mid-July and Andrew has mowed it twice. …. all I want to do is go lay in it and read a book…. Maybe once the weather cools down a bit?

When are you going to come visit and see our pretty new lawn in real life?

Leave a Comment

  • linda t September 6, 2012, 4:54 am

    Love the transformation Amy. Love your house! Can’t wait to see it someday up close and personal!

  • Nancy September 6, 2012, 7:43 am

    It all looks beautiful! That front porch looks like the perfect place for a hammock or porch swing and with the shade from the tree it would be a great reading spot too. Love the idea of an herb garden too. Looking forward to seeing it again.

  • Han September 6, 2012, 8:34 am

    It looks so much better already! Ours looks a bit worse for wear after I went a bit crazy with the pruning – but you can get the bin back in it’s corner now rather than it creeping across the front yard lol.

  • Amy September 6, 2012, 9:44 am

    Mom: I think it’s a little narrow for a hammock … but maybe a bench or swing

    Han: That’s the nice thing about yards/plants… they always grow back :)

  • Kim September 9, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Wow! That looks great.

{ 5 comments… add one }