Backyard solution for my backyard 18 x18 {doggy} litter box ?


I keep waiting for Ahmed from Yard Crashers to help me, but my tweets to him have not been retweeted.   I have profiled my back yard mess in the past, but since removing our shutters from our dining room the first thing family and friends see when they walk into our main living area is this view: :


Here’s the view from the other corner.


This space was designed by the previous owners to accommodate a play set. And, it did until  the play set slowly  rotted away (literally).  We  are now left with an 18×18 space that our dogs now deem their own private dog park to do their business and then some!  Ugh!  And, yes I see the carved bear in the “park.”  Even the bear has his back turned to the disaster zone!

Last summer we had 3 estimates to address this mess and all three bids were about $10,000 over our budget!  And, this is a project that gets pushed to the back of the line every time there is an “unscheduled expense.”  As spring kicks into gear  I am looking for cheaper, temporary solutions until we have the cash to create the space we really want.  Or, until Ahmed gets my tweets and shows up in our driveway!

Here is the inspiration from Pinterest  that got me thinking I could actually do this- by myself!  How hard can it be?



What do you think?  Does anyone know how to pull up the rail road tie bolts?



Front yard inspiration from BH&G… can I do this?

bhg pergola to yard

Our front entry needs work. The porch usually looks pretty good, but there is no walk way.  It’s a driveway  that lands right next to porch steps!    So I like some of these walkways!  These photos  were curated from BH&G.

Lead Them In

I love this front door, but I just don’t think my HOA would allow for anything that wasn’t a shade of beige! I love this brick paver path to the front door!

Make the Point of Entry Pop

I love this collection of pots!  My pots end up looking like the clearance section at Walmart!  I think I need to go bigger!

Upgrade Landscaping

I love this lamp post in the yard with the brick column beneath it.  Love!!!!  How hard would this be as a DIY project?

fSpotlight the Entry

We have a paver path to our backyard. I dream of a arched trellis or some type of structure that says, “here is the way to the b

Light the Night