When you move into your new home, you have an overwhelming urge to make it your own. To change it up and make sure that no stone goes unturned. Sometimes it’s something small and it could easily turn into a multi-year project.
I know that when we moved into our new home, the first thing I tackled was the gardens. The front garden was bare and filled with only a few bushes – and ones that I’m actually allergic to! So even before the boxes had been unpacked in our house, I was out in the front yard tearing them out. In addition, the landscaping was on a downwards slope, which was dangerous to our home’s foundation. So we also had to rearrange the landscaping to protect our foundation. Shortly behind them were the years of lava rocks the previous owner had an unnatural obsession with. They were small changes that helped establish ownership of the space to me, but also gave the home a fresher look instantly.
Since our home came with a large patio space (almost the same square footage as our house!) the next area that we tackled is our patio. Over the last couple of summers this space has continued to morph and change with us, and we have big plans for it with a pergola and custom built furniture.
From landscaping, creating the garden of my dreams and creating a place for us to escape in our own back yard it’s these small changes that have made the biggest difference to our home and our family. We still have a long way to go and need to look at replacing the gutters, fixing the shed and replacing the basement windows with glass blocks, but slowly we’re creating a space we love to be in – and it doesn’t require a long commute to enjoy.
What is it that needs improved in your yard? Is it the patio? Do you need new windows? And updated roof? Or even your garden. It’s time to take charge and make the changes you want to see to make it your own personal oasis. The easiest way to do this is to figure out what you’ve always wanted and make the changes slowly over the years. That is one of the joys of owning a home, making it your own and taking the time to do it. When we first moved in, I was determined to do all of the updating myself and as soon as possible. But I’ve slowed down some and made it a goal to do each change step by step over time. One small change at a time can make your own vacation destination only steps away.
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