Everything street facing on the other side of the fence (we are on a corner) is lovely - our plants are doing well, our lawn is maintained, the path is old, but in pretty good shape. Even the fenced in side of the yard where we have our play structure and new raised flower bed is ok, nothing fancy, but in good shape.
Then you turn the corner and see the image above. Our not to code deck with wobbly railing and oddly off stairs, the weeds that are growing like trees, the deck box that doesn't have a proper home, the old patio table that is sized wrong for such a narrow space and the horrendous pink patio stones, home to even more weeds.
While I was dreaming in the spring to tear down everything and rebuild, it was clear to us that that won't happen this summer. Budget is our first reason: we want to do a proper overhaul and use quality materials. Cedar decking is expensive and we'll also have to redo the concrete posts. Even more expensive are stone paving stones. The second reason is time: this is some time consuming tear down and rebuild.
I thought that we could pull up the stones and live with it for the summer, just so I would not have to look at their pink horrendousness, but then we thought that a pile of mud with two kids is probably not a good idea. So we wait and are embarrassed when inviting people over for BBQ, corralling them to the lawn section of the yard which is indeed much nicer.
I might get different dining chairs that don't need cushions at the end of the season so we could sell the deck box. This past weekend we just added to the 'loveliness' by buying a larger filtered kids pool (see blue blob above). It's been so hot that we felt bad dumping the water of the kiddy pool each evening - while this thing again is not pretty, the filter allows us to keep the water in and it's deeper for more cooling fun. Hubby stated that now we just needed to add a car on blocks and we'd have a complete look going.
Is your back yard a priority or do you focus your time and money on the inside?