Outdoor Space And Before After In Plants
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Before and After: A $1100 Redo Turns a Bare Patio into Cozy CentralPlants & Yard
If warm weather has you itching to redo your outdoor space, take inspo from this gorgeous redo.
May 16, 2021
B&A: A One-Weekend, $725 Redo Turns This Mud Pit into a Stylish Outdoor HangoutPlants & Yard
The whole family pitched in to make this cozy outdoor living room.
May 7, 2021
Before and After: A $150 Refresh Makes this 70-Year-Old Patio Look Brand NewPlants & Yard
This modern redo makes the whole outdoor living area sing.
Apr 29, 2021
Before and After: A DIY Patio Redo Saved These Homeowners Thousands of DollarsPlants & Yard
The savings left them with the budget for brand new furnishings, too.
Apr 5, 2021
Before and After: This Stylish Deck Redo Will Have You Dreaming of SpringPlants & Yard
This DIYer shows off some smart ideas for hiding weird design quirks.
Mar 3, 2021
Before and After: $130 and 6 Paint Colors Make a Dreary Fence Museum-WorthyPlants & Yard
It went from blah to bold, and only took about two days.
Jan 15, 2021
Before and After: An "Unusable" Backyard Turned Year-Round Outdoor SanctuaryPlants & Yard
It's "almost like gaining a new room to the house," the homeowner says.
Jan 1, 2021
Before and After: Justin Hartley Turned a Bare Backyard Into a Poolside RetreatPlants & Yard
Wait until you see the electric pergola.
Dec 17, 2020
Before and After: A Weed-Filled Corner Becomes a Dreamy Patio Hangout for $1,400Plants & Yard
This patio is a smart transformation for an unused space.
Dec 8, 2020
The 10 Best Outdoor Space Redos We Saw in 2020Plants & Yard
From front porches to back patios, these are the very best outdoor redos editors saw this year.
Dec 7, 2020
Before and After: This $250 Porch Redo Is All About the Welcoming VibesPlants & Yard
Front porches are all about creating welcoming entry to your home. But sometimes it takes a little work to create the inviting space of your dreams.
Nov 28, 2020
Before and After: $1,000 Transforms a Bare Balcony into a Cozy Lounge SpacePlants & Yard
This chic redo only required a drill and an Allen wrench to get the job done.
Nov 13, 2020
15 High-Impact Curb Appeal Makeovers That Prove There's Power in the DetailsPlants & Yard
These exterior redos pack a big punch.
Nov 11, 2020
Before and After: This Boho Deck Redo Creates a True Outdoor Living RoomPlants & Yard
Now it's a space that gets year-round use.
Oct 24, 2020
The 20 Best Outdoor and Patio Makeovers We’ve Ever SeenPlants & Yard
Inspiring redos that make the most of all available square footage.
Oct 17, 2020
Before and After: A Wild Pink-and-Red Porch Gets a Chic Boho Redo for $1000Plants & Yard
This transformation is shocking, in the best way.
Oct 14, 2020
Before and After: A $500 Refresh Takes This Deck from Dark to Boho DreamyPlants & Yard
One highlight? The new wicker swing chair.
Oct 12, 2020
Before and After: A Breezy Boho-Style Deck Redo Makes Use of "Forgotten Space"Plants & Yard
"It was bursting with untapped potential," the homeowner says.
Sep 20, 2020
Before and After: An "Unusable" Patio Turned Enchanting Retreat for $3000Plants & Yard
Wait until you see the after at night.
Sep 12, 2020
The Best Patio and Yard Makeovers We've Seen So Far This YearPlants & Yard
These transformations start at under a $100.
Sep 10, 2020
Before and After: A $260 Update Turns a Blah Balcony into a Welcoming HangoutPlants & Yard
Small changes make a big impact in this little balcony.
Sep 7, 2020
Before and After: A Dark, Muddy Storage Area Becomes a Dreamy Backyard EscapePlants & Yard
After their 2020 vacation plans were canceled, this family decided to create a resort right at home.
Sep 1, 2020
Before and After: A Massive Dirt Pile Becomes a Dreamy Outdoor EscapePlants & Yard
There's a lot of potential in this pile of dirt.
Aug 24, 2020
Before and After: A Cheery One-Day Mini Patio Makeover for Less Than $100Plants & Yard
This space turned into a mini tropical oasis.
Aug 17, 2020
Before and After: A Simple and Stunning Patio Redo Makes Color the StarPlants & Yard
Here's proof that high-impact redos don't have to be complicated.
Jul 30, 2020
Before and After: Stock Tank Gardening ProjectPlants & Yard
I’ve been in love with galvanized stock tank gardens for a long time and posted a roundup of my favorites last summer. Finally, I’ve gotten the chance to exercise my green thumb and take the first, small step to adding a little style to the exterior of my home.After nearly a year of renovations to the interior of my home, I’ve finally had the chance to start adding a little curb appeal.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Raised Garden BedPlants & Yard
During the last year, we focused mainly on fixing up the inside of our house. But 2011 is all about the outside, and we got to work before the holidays so we could eat out of our first food-producing garden come early spring. So far, so good. Take a look!We’re grateful that we have a lot of real estate to work with. Our first raised bed (the one pictured here) is four feet wide, eight feet long, and a foot and a half deep. It needed a cubic yard of dirt to fill it up!
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Old Fence Posts Transformed With StringPlants & Yard
It’s been raining buckets throughout much of the Midwest for the better part of the weekend and it seems as though my galoshes have never seen so much use! Although I’ve previously mentioned using a baking sheet as a quick boot tray, check out this DIY that all started as a scrap pile of used fence posts!
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Budget Garden MakeoverPlants & Yard
Since moving back to our rented home we’ve been slowly rebuilding the gardens around the house. Working with what we have and focusing on the growing-not-mowing philosophy, we turned the space near our front door in to a useable garden space for less than $20.Until recently the space was only used to access the hot water system.
Jul 15, 2020
Before and After: A Plain Patio Becomes a Mediterranean-Inspired OasisPlants & Yard
This makeover takes advantage of the 180-square-foot space's L-shaped layout.
Jul 14, 2020
Before and After: A "Daunting" Patio Becomes a Peaceful, Pergola-Shaded EscapePlants & Yard
The before was "like a jungle with no place to sit".
Jul 5, 2020
Before and After: A Run-Down Patio Becomes a Tropical Escape for $1100Plants & Yard
This new deck is a summertime dream.
Jun 27, 2020
Before and After: A "Barren and Messy" Backyard Becomes Hangout CentralPlants & Yard
Supplies for this low-cost redo included $1 pavers and free wood pallets.
Jun 18, 2020
Before and After: A $2,000 Redo Turns a Run-Down Patio into a Breezy HangoutPlants & Yard
This former dumping ground was transformed into a dream outdoor hangout.
Jun 11, 2020
Before & After: Michelle’s Welcoming CourtyardPlants & Yard
During the cold days of winter, I like to mentally fast forward to the lazy lounging days of summertime. So even though warm weather has just arrived, I’ve already been spending quite a bit of time thinking about outdoor spaces…This little courtyard before and after from Michelle over at Three Men and a Lady is just the thing to inspire me.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Backyard Studio & DeckPlants & Yard
Corey in Seattle shared his before & after backyard project with us. Jump below to see what it looks like “after” all of the hard work:Corey says: My wife and I live in Seattle, WA. We finished our backyard studio garage 2 years ago and just finished the deck last fall. The plants are starting to come in nicely now, and we can’t wait to enjoy the yard this summer and entertain friends and family. Thanks for sharing, Corey!(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.24.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Shirley’s Country GardenPlants & Yard
This garden in southern California, was designed by Shirley Bovshow for a client with a small budget (at lease for the size of the work needed). So, the initial vision for beautiful gazebos and country elegance with all the bells and whistles was ultimately fulfilled with budget friendly versions.
Dec 19, 2019
Before, During, After: An Evolving Outdoor SpacePlants & Yard
Just about this time last summer I somewhat sheepishly shared our back deck and the modest makeover cover-up that I attempted to pull off with $150 and a can of paint. This year, we’ve poured a bit more thought, time, and money into the space, and it has totally transformed our summer!As I explained in last year’s post, we have the world’s narrowest deck attached to possibly the world ugliest addition.
Dec 19, 2019
Garden Before & Afters: Three Inspirational MakeoversPlants & Yard
As the summer heats up, I thought I would try to inspire you to head outside and get your hands dirty with some inspirational and aspirational garden ‘before and after’ projects.The first is landscape designer Andrew Grossman’s garden. He shares the progress of his garden at his blog titled ‘A Year in My Garden’ — even though he admits that this garden was fully 12 years in the making.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Stevie’s Back PatioPlants & Yard
Let me introduce you to Stevie who lives in Vancouver. Since 2004 Stevie has been transforming the back garden into something wonderful and taking readers of Garden Therapy along for the ride.Some basic background info about the garden transformation from Stevie:“While there is a wonderful mountain view from the deck, we decided to build a low, enclosed patio to gain privacy from the neighbours and some outdoor living space.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Penny’s Personal ParadisePlants & Yard
Name: PennyLocation: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New York One of the reasons we chose this condo when we moved from Manhattan, was the potential of the garden. We promised a garden to our dog Sasha and we delivered.We inherited it as a pit of tenacious weeds, specifically Japanese Knotweed, that had to be dug out and removed by hand before any planting or sod laying.
Dec 19, 2019
See Rachel & Friends Make Some Very Cool Things For Her BackyardPlants & Yard
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-Family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step-by-step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style.Rachel has tons of friends and family who happily joined her on weekends to knock this project out!
Sep 24, 2019
Before and After: This Patio’s Major Makeover Is Thanks to Paint—Seriously
Devon Else wanted her family's large patio to feel warm and inviting, so she decided to break out some paint and DIY it. Including a door, the entire project cost just over $1,000.
Aug 14, 2019
Rachel’s Mid-Century Backyard Patio is About to Get a Whole Lot Better
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel worked 3+ jobs all throughout high school and college, because she had a big dream: to buy a little place and make it into a home.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel’s Inspiration for a Bohemian Dream Backyard on a Budget
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-Family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel bought her first house at the young age of 21, and works hard to make it a welcoming place for family and friends.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel’s Backyard Patio: Now 100X Better Than Before
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel and friends have worked for weeks to pull this backyard space together, not cutting any corners, and doing it all DIY-style.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel Spills: What I Actually Spent on My Backyard Makeover
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-Family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. All projects come with lots of good intentions — filled with budgets, plans, and timelines.
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: Replacing a Rotting Deck With a Budget-Friendly Alternative
Jennifer’s backyard was overgrown and her deck had seen better days. After clearing away a good portion of the growth, she knew her backyard had major potential but she wasn’t entirely sure what to do about the deck. Enter gravel! Friend to both budget and mother nature, this alternative choice helped Jennifer build a gorgeous outdoor space. From Jennifer: Before I purchased my house in late 2007, it had lived a maintenance-free life. The yard was completely overgrown.
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: A Budget- and Renter-Friendly Patio Makeover
It was love at first sight for Elizabeth and her patio. And like any good relationship, they’ve inspired each other, supported each other and brought a little color into each others’ lives. From Elizabeth: When we took the tour of our apartment I didn’t even need to step through the front door before I realized that we we’re going to take it. Simply based on the patio.
Jun 26, 2019
Dabney’s Bare Backyard Goes From Lifeless to Next Level
Previously I wrote about my bare backyard when it was a wasteland of dog poop, weeds and sorrow. Today I’m showing you my new and improved outdoor space, which is now a low maintenance dream. Two thirds of the new backyard is covered with an expansive composite deck. The other section is a rectangular area of gravel with a firepit: Composite Deck: Probably the most ground-breaking — yet largely unsung — feature of the new and improved backyard is the new platform deck.
Jun 26, 2019
Before and After: A Front Yard Makeover With Massive Curb Appeal
This Bay Area front yard had seen better days, but now it is an urban oasis worthy of major admiration—and envy, especially of their lucky friends who get invitations for sunset cocktails but didn’t have to do any of the actual work. If you happen to have a similar project to tackle, this reader submission has the most thorough process description ever seen in a Before & After post. Everything looks so lush and luxurious!
Jun 26, 2019
This 200-Square-Foot Apartment Has An Equally Super Tiny Balcony
You might remember Jessica’s petite apartment, which was featured in a House Tour (and video) a couple of years ago. Off the bedroom, through that French door, is a teeny tiny balcony, which she just got around to sprucing up, and it’s so worth a look. This tiny balcony seems like it’s only large enough to hold a bistro table and chairs—or even just one chair perhaps?—but a clever makeover makes room for so much more. Absolutely amazing!
Jun 26, 2019
Before and After: This Backyard Shed Is Now a Real Money Maker
It went "from shabby storage shed to chic guest suite."
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: 5 Gardens by Paxton Gate
San Franciscans know Paxton Gate as one of the city’s best garden stores, but you may not know that they also do landscape design. Their portfolio is full of inspiring before and after photos, including gorgeous gardens that started out as leveled dirt lots, overgrown backyards, and scraggly hillsides. If you’re the owner of a weedy lot or an unkempt patio, these photos might just be the kick-start you need to plan an outdoor renovation project.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: San Diego Garden Renovation
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.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Fence Facelift
My sister moved into a great little fixer-upper a couple of years ago and this past spring our Mum joined forces with her for a three-week landscaping caper. One of the most striking changes was this fantastic fence project.Even though the old fence had seen better days, the next door neighbors weren’t ready to replace the structure outright. Rather than just sprucing up her side with some paint, Big Sis designed a modern facing to glam up the area beside her deck and patio.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: A Beautiful Grass Free Lawn Project
Many traditional neighborhoods need a little boost before they’ll be able to move to grass free yards. This project serves as just that. The yard in front of this home goes from a terrible looking patch of dead grass to a sustainable rockscape. Check out the dramatic transformation after the jump.Without the huge water needs of a typical grass lawn, this yard looks great with minimal upkeep.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Erin’s DIY Side Garden
People are quite often very surprised at the cost of putting in an outdoor living space and garden. Generally to create a patio, planting areas around it and paths to access it, you might be looking at paying the same as if you were doing small kitchen renovation. It makes sense since you really are creating another room on your house but it also makes sense to go the DIY path in the garden….
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Jenny’s Creole Balcony
What is a garden designer without a dirt level garden to do? Well of course, make the most of the available 150 sq ft balcony. Jenny Peterson, who lives and works in Austin, Texas transformed her ‘L’ shaped balcony from a mish-mash of outdoor ‘stuff’ to a cohesive and relaxing southern inspired place for her to enjoy the outdoors.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Old Dresser Becomes a Garden of Succulents
In this before & after project, one clever couple in Los Angeles upcycles an old, abandoned dresser, turning it into a garden of succulents. I think you’ll agree it’s a huge improvement.Curt and Jessica of the blog Grizzly Bear Modern took advantage of an old dresser left behind in the garage of their new home by drilling a few drainage holes in the drawers to create a sturdy vessel for a garden of succulents.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Empty to Lush Backyard
Tim and D’arcy’s backyard makeover is a great example to keep in the back of your mind when buying a house without landscaping. It is a case of turning “nothing into something” illustrating looking beyond what’s there and the potential of an outdoor space…We took a tour of the inside of Tim & D’Arcy’s Modern Eclectic in The Junction and now we’re back to see what they’ve done with their backyard.
May 5, 2019
Garden Before & After: Carolyn’s Pretty Natural Pond Pool Garden
Carolyn Chadwick is a master of making beautiful feminine gardens — one of my all time favorite dream gardens was designed by her and it resides in the Greek isles. This garden, which also brings to mind Mediterranean delights, resides in Cologne, Germany.Not only is the design beautiful, but I feel I must point out a few details that make this a real masterpiece.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: A Dull Deck’s Flower Power Makeover
I like this makeover because the “before” deck looks like many decks extending from city apartments. In fact, cut it in half and take out the hot tub (or, take out the very best parts), and it looks a lot like my own back deck. But all hot tubs aside, I’m inspired to see how some very doable changes totally transform this flat space into a lush outdoor living area.What strikes me about the “after” is how homey it looks.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Bare Backyard Turned Lush Patio
Sometimes unhealthy, worn-down grass left unattended by previous owners is beyond repair. And if your yard is on the smaller side, like this one, installing an outdoor patio is a better use of the space. Add shutters, shrubs, and window boxes, and instant ambiance is imminent.Liza from Mel & Liza has done it again, this time transforming her ailing back yard into a lush oasis perfect for entertaining.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Back Stoop To Garden
When it comes to homemaking and child rearing, the Marshall household makes it look easy. They’ve taken this cold corner of their backyard and warmed it up with a little wood and made it a salad-lover’s paradise. The kids think it’s pretty badass too. Want to see what it looks like now?We stopped in over at Pacing The Panic Room to check out the latest work that Ryan and Cole have been muscling away at. Their plan was to grow all sorts of salad greens in the hot Florida heat.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Steve’s City Grocery Garden
Steve Martino is arguably one of the most exciting (IMO) landscape designers currently working. Even though he works in a climate that’s nearly the polar opposite of mine (Arizona — and I am in New England), he is on my shortlist of colleagues that I study for inspiration and ideas. This project makes me want to pick up and move southwest — to a deserted grocery store.
May 5, 2019