Upgrading the Side Yard
The side yard is often the most neglected space in the yard. Get ideas for getting more out of this transition zone.
Before: Unused Driveway
The focal point of this side yard is an unused driveway, composed of uneven concrete slabs, that points like a runway to a rusty shed.
After: Grassy Play Area
The side yard is now an enclosed grassy play area for the kids and a circular patio made out of concrete pavers. A wrought-iron fence framed by two crepe myrtles provides privacy and safety from the street. A welcoming gazebo replaces the old rusty shed.
Before: Wasted Space
These homeowners want to do a lot of entertaining, and they don't want this side yard to be wasted space.
After: Party Patio
Once beyond the new gate, the side yard becomes a party patio, complete with new planting beds, seating walls. A second new arbor helps give the height to the space and act as transition to the rest of the patio. The backyard also includes a fire pit and a rustic camp area for kids.
Before: Too Many Shrubs
Too many shrubs and trees are keeping this area continuously moist and limiting the amount of usable space.
After: Cleared Out
Plenty of play space was uncovered when the excessive shrubbery was removed. Birds-of-paradise and palms dot the attractive raised planting bed.
Before: Construction Site
After the homeowners put in a pool, the area near the house was left a construction-site wasteland. They need not only a makeover for the backyard, but a good entrance from the side to the pool.
After: Inviting Entrance
Pool guests are welcomed with an inviting entrance, lush plantings and a stepping-stone pathway. The new fence and gate provide privacy from the street.
Before: Boring Side Yard
There's no path on this side of the house, and if there were, it would lead right to the propane tank. The white lattice around the air conditioner only calls attention to what it's supposed to be hiding.
After: Beautiful Water Feature
A new brick walkway skirts a beautiful water feature and leads to the backyard. The propane tank has been buried, plants will soon hide the air conditioning unit, and all eyes are on the waterfall and mini pond. The feature fits well with the wilderness preserve that's adjacent to the property.