There's nothing to fuel inspiration more than a really great set of before and after images. We definitely find that here, with this wonderful front garden renovation at the home of Dee Randolph and David McQuaide in the North Park area of San Diego. Especially wonderful is the replacement of sod in favor of drought tolerant plants.
The homeowners also changed the trim color and red tiles on the roof to better compliment the newly completed garden. Even so, it's almost unbelievable that it's the same home because the transformation was so profound.
And before any of you eagle-eyed readers bring up the lack of utility wires in the "after" photo, rest assured it wasn't photoshopped. Dee, one of the homeowners, stated that the city moved the utility lines underground in 2007 (the "before" shot was taken in 2004). What I wouldn't give for my own city to move all the unsightly wires underground!
For more on this renovation (and a TON more amazing posts), check out Sunset's blog, Fresh Dirt.
(Images: Lori Brookes / Sunset Magazine - Fresh Dirt Blog)