Erin & Ken's Backyard: Done & Done

Erin & Ken's Backyard: Done & Done

Nora Taylor
Jun 30, 2016
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Name: Erin & Ken
Type of Project: Backyard Redesign
Location:Upper Tangletown — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: 1930s Tudor-Style Duplex

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With these being the last two weeks of the project, we definitely made a big push to get the remaining projects wrapped up. #homestretch! We began with building an enclosure for the rough, ugly concrete stoop using composite decking. It was a bit more expensive up front, but hopefully it’ll be lower maintenance and stay looking great in the long run. We decided to paint the stoop’s riser to match the house color as a way to break up the brown of the stoop and patio, as well as tie back into the house. For the riser, we used treated cedar and simply painted it.

The gooseneck light above the door has been installed!
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Then the electrician stopped by to install the gooseneck light above the backdoor, and I’m so pleased with how it helps to finish off the backdoor! It has a photocell so it automatically flips on as it gets dark.

Attaching the contrasting riser board to the stoop.
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Erin staining the cedar boards for the air conditioner unit enclosure.
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Next, we moved on to the air conditioner enclosure. We couldn’t find fencing in the right style or height, so we ended up just building a fence with cedar. I love the wood element (not to mention the amazing cedar smell!) that it adds to the back facade of the home.

The mandevilla and hops plants beginning to climb the trellis.
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A few more pieces of furniture and potted plants have been added into the mix, and the mandevilla and hops are slowly, but surely beginning to climb the trellis!

Ken using a hole saw to make way for the new sconces.
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Last but not least, Ken wired in two modern lantern sconces on the garage near the man door and overhead door to help light the way at night.

One of the installed modern lantern sconces on the garage.
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And that about wraps things up in the backyard! Up next, we’ll be sharing the final reveal of the project, so make sure to check back. I can’t wait to show you around!

Estimated time for project: 7 weeks
Time remaining: 0
Perecent Done: 100%

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