Location: Upper Tangletown — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: 1930s Tudor-Style Duplex
Erin and Ken were complete DIY rock stars, and completed their backyard redesign right on schedule — which was a tall order considering how much labor went into the project. Let's explore their newly finished backyard!
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The backyard is done! Tell us about your new space— have you used it yet? How satisfied are you with the outcome?
After a busy few months DIY-ing up a storm, Ken and I couldn't be more thrilled with our new outdoor space. So far, we've had a few quiet dinners back here just the two of us, and we hope to host a 'thank-you' gathering soon for everyone who helped make this space a success. Remember the patio-laying weekend? Yeah, we owe our generous friends and family big time. For this reason, we specifically chose an expandable patio table with the capacity to fit 8+. Needless to say, we're looking forward to putting it to good use!
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What is your favorite element of the new backyard?
We both agree that our favorite addition to the backyard is the new lighting, both the gooseneck fixture over the backdoor and the sconces at the garage. Though lighting is a seemingly small element it really helps the yard feel 'grown-up' and finished.
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Anything else you'd like to add?
The recent warm weather here in Minneapolis has helped our new vegetable gardens really sprout up, and it's been gratifying to be able to cook with fresh food we've cultivated in our own backyard. I guess you might say, it's our own little city version of farm-to-table.
We're also looking forward to some of our other plants maturing over the summer (i.e. the mandevilla and hops at the trellis, and privacy grasses behind the grill) to be able to enjoy them in all their glory.