this month’s small family home blogger assignment is simply “creating space.” i considered getting all woo-woo with this topic, but then i decided to use the extra page views to crowdsource some ideas for creating spaces in our backyard, front yard and sideyards. for me, more space = more choice = more anxiety, so please — take a look at the photos below and let me know what the heck you think we should do with our 5,500 square feet of land.
i know no one will be able to tell me specifically what to plant or where — i’m more looking for zone/function suggestions. should we do a patio? deck? both? an outdoor gym? a trampoline? is a jungle gym/play set worth it? should we paint something permanent on the concrete pad out front — like maybe a four-square court or hopscotch course for frankie? how much space should we carve out for garden beds, veggie beds and grass? SHOULD WE GET CHICKENS?
i’ll give you a moment to collect yourself. it’s okay. these are the “befores.”
a few things to keep in mind:
- our lot is 50′ x 110′, perfectly flat and faces west. our summers/falls are mild, dry and sunny. our winters/springs are mild, wet and cloudy. we can grow anything from lemon trees to lupins.
- we have one car, but we have parking space for about four vehicles. a camper van might be in our distant future, but we’re open to converting concrete to plants in the front and side yards.
- we want to cultivate a house that people want to hang out at — i don’t want frankie always disappearing to the neighbour’s house because they have better toys or more things to do.
- we plan to rebuild the back deck, staircase and do something about the patio stones underneath the deck — but don’t have any ideas for design yet.
- we don’t have any outdoor storage, but our basement has both driveway and backyard access and that’s where we keep all the shed/garage items for now.
- we don’t live near any family and so don’t do any entertaining for large groups.
- food on the island is really expensive, so we’re definitely keen to grow our own produce. (plus: earthquake — it’s always good to be able to feed yourselves.) backyard chickens are common here and consider my interest piqued.
thanks in advance for your suggestions — or just words of encouragement. it’s going to be fabulous, right? did i mention the city of victoria doesn’t collect yard waste? hellllp.