Take a Walk Outside

So it turns out, when you’re used to having a eensy teensy house, if you move into one that’s just a wee bit bigger, you feel like you’re living it up Kardashian style. Our last house was a meager 1,300 square feet, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much more spacious our 1,700 square foot house now feels to us. From the kitchen, to the living room, to the big old back yard. You guys, we lucked out big time with the lot for this house. Since we’ve always been (and always will be) urban dwellers, we’re pretty used to sacrificing some space and amenities for a great location, so when we walked around back and saw this, our jaws kind of hit the floor.

Designing Back Yard

It’s kinda hard to tell, but this yard is ginormous. Huge. Mammoth. Perhaps we should install a swimming pool? 😀 Even though it’s large, for the most part it’s a blank slate. And you guys, I’ve got a confession for you. I’m totally yard dumb. Although I’m the kinda girl that can walk into a room (or a house) and know exactly what I want to do with it, I’ve gotta tell it straight, backyards – not so much. Although I have some general ideas of what I’d like to do with the space, for the most part I’m really grasping at straws over here as far as design for our outdoor oasis.

On the plus side, the front already has a lot of curb appeal, so in the immediate future, there’s not a lot to do up there. I’m totally a smitten kitten with the front walk. Lurrrve it.

Brick Front Walkway

Here’s a side angle of the front.

Trinity Park Durham

The house has siding on it, which is nice for maintenance, not as nice for a fickle design girl like me that likes to switch things up at the drop of a hat 🙂 Luckily, it’s not blue siding, or purple siding, so it’s got that going for it. 😉

As you head around the back, you’ve got a side covered porch. When the weather is nice, I’m certain this will be one of our favorite spots to chill out and relax.

Side Porch on Home

Right off the side porch, there is the sweetest little slate path. I know it sounds a little crazy sauce, but I think this might be one of my favorite parts of the house. Odd, I am.

Slate Walking Path

I think I like it since it wraps around to a big old brick wall, which leads to our basement walkout. I’d like to think of something to make this brick wall a bit more interesting… maybe let the ivy grow over it? Time will tell.

Walk Out Basement

Right against this walkway is one of (2) azalea bush’s that are in the backyard. I just happened to catch this one when it was blooming last week – so pretty! But with the heat we had earlier this week, they’ve all since wilted off.

Azalea Bush

We’ve also got a small (but cute!) little garage that’s right off the covered porch. It’s not attached to the house, but it’s only a few steps over. It’s small enough that I’m not even sure our car will fit in, and we drive a Prius for goodness sake. 😉 Worst case scenario lots of good storage and great for bike parking!

Small Garage Off House

On the back we have a smallish deck. It’s in pretty good condition, with a few loose boards here and there. Overall, I’ve got pretty grandeur visions for what I’d like to do deck wise long term, but for now, we’ll have to make due with this guy.

Adding Onto Deck

Here’s one more view of the backyard, taken from the edge of the property line. That big Magnolia Tree is beautiful! I feel like a legit southerner with a Magnolia Tree in our backyard 🙂

Southern Magnolia Tree

12 thoughts on “Take a Walk Outside

  1. I love the shrubs going up your light on the front walk way. And I understand about your favorite spot being a side pathway. My favorite spot in out yard is the side of the house with a stone and rock pathway. Weird, but gorgeous. I like all of the over growth, it is always better then a sparse backyard for sure!

  2. I love this house. I think I have house fever. Is that a thing? Like some folks get baby fever when holding little babies, I get the urge to house hunt when I see (or hear about) new houses.

  3. I kept reading the phrase “smitten kitten” wrong, thinking it said I’m smitten with the kitten on the from path. I seriously stared at the for a whole minute looking for a kitten…

  4. Excited to see what you’ll do in your new house! We had ivy in our backyard too, but you’ll want to keep it away from your brick. It actually sucks the moisture out of the mortar and will ruin your wall.

  5. Beautiful home! Has a nice southern flair with the covered porch. Beautiful landscape. Bushes and shrubs grow so much faster in the South both my sister in Charlottesville and daughter in Nashville says it is almost a full time job to keep them from overgrowing. Keep these shears sharpened! You are both very lucky to have such a lovely home!

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