Backyard Transformation!

Here it is! My first “outsourced” house project. This summer, my husband and I asked Joe Farmer and his crew at Livin’ Green to help take our backyard from muddy to magnificent! It was especially fun to watch the progress out the window since all my personal projects were on the shelf in lieu of summer fun with the kids.


The Side of our Home – Before and After

This home and our last drew us in with the gorgeous trees that covered the property, however, they have both missed other perks like grass, plants, and landscaping. We never had a chance to make changes at our last house so we were thrilled to work with Joe and find just the right look for our new backyard.

Walkway Between Garage and Patio – Before and After

What started with a simple idea to fix the erosion problem and sew some grass seed became a great fire pit backyard redo. After several tons of dirt were brought in, the crew pulled out the old warped and cracked concrete steps and sidewalk and began to rebuild the foundation.

Patio Steps – Before and After

I was a mess over the stone and paver choices for weeks. My love of all things gray had to be balanced with the warm red and tan colors that made up the outside of our home. Finally I settled on retaining wall colors that were a warm brown color and Driftwood pavers that blended browns and slate gray tones.

Patio Deck Steps – Before and After

Livin’ Green went to work with our newly chosen pavers and stone. After much diligent labor in the hot sun they created beautiful steps and paths out to our new fire pit. As an added bonus they built-in some natural curves and slants to work with the gradual slope down the hill that will keep all that dirt in place.


The Back of Our Home – Before and After

Livin’ Green installed a sprinkler system and then got to work on landscaping, sod, and mulch. It was SO much sod! Some glowing LED lights were also added to for just the right amount of light for us to find our way to the fire pit without detracting from the beautiful night sky.

Yard and Fire Pit Area – Before and After

Now, we are on the search for the perfect Adirondack chairs and preparing to have one last portion of the backyard to completed. It’s so much fun to have a backyard after four years without one.

We are loving our new yard and plan to roast s’mores all throughout fall!

Scroll Down to see all the detailed pictures of the finished product and the process







Here’s our next project in the back yard. I’m standing on the tall stairs looking over the wall at all the… ahem… opportunity that we still have left in the backyard.


To Be Continued…. Our Next Project (the rest of the back yard).

About cedarbranch

Welcome to Cedar Branch! Written By: Randa Smith. Randa loves Jesus, hubby: Barat, kids: Shiloh and Silas, decorating and repurposing. She spends the rest of her free time with her family and friends, shopping, drinking lattes and putting in as little effort as possible to stay mildly fit. Happy Reading!
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