Front Yard, Summer 1988 to Present
It all started when I was only 13 and my parents bought an above
ground pool and had someone install it in our front yard. The pool
has long since been replaced with a pond but my work in the front yard,
and the majority of that first deck I built around the pool still remain
intact. The deck was just the start, as the years past it was
modified and other projects took shape including the aforementioned
pond, walkways, flagstone patios, brick patios, a small lawn, a railroad
tie retaining wall, a redwood branch fence, and most recently (2003) a
redwood tree supported deck and accompanying cable-stayed bridge.
Of course the hardscape is only half of the story and without gardening
done by my mom the yard would not be the special place that it is.
|What could be better than relaxing on a summer day in
paradise, otherwise know as my parents house. In this
photo we can see the original log cabin, the addition to its
right, the deck I built when I was 13, the pond that replaced
the above ground pool, a washed out flagstone patio, a small
part of the lawn, and the cable-stayed bridge leading to the
redwood tree deck.
|And here we have a close up shot of the pond. It took
several iterations before I figured out a way to keep the water
line above the pond liner. Incidentally, the pond is fed
by a natural spring, is maintenance free, and full of happy
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