Program Notes: Backyard Makeover
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We really enjoyed our discussion with our friends, Jami and Brian, who often do projects together for their 1980's ranch. Jami is the author of An Oregon Cottage
and regularly posts about easy DIY projects, wonderful whole foods recipes and joyful living. Jami and Brian talked about this backyard transformation with us.
You'll learn such things as:
- How to reuse an old deck.
- Discover inexpensive materials for constructing your backyard outdoor room
- How you can use wasted space in your new backyard
- Discover benefits of using gravel pads and walkways
- How Jami and Brian tied everything together in a cohesive setting
- How they prioritized the features they wanted
Excerpts of Our Interview with Jami and Brian
High on the List
: "I knew I wanted the idea of an outdoor room and I definitely high on the list
I wanted a herb garden right outside the kitchen."
Privacy and Ground Level Decks
: "One of the reasons you may not want a ground level deck is if you have a privacy
fence, like we have a six-foot privacy fence around our yard, and your deck is 15 or more inches off the ground you
can now see everyone else's yards, so why have the deck..."
Knowing Your Requirements
: "Another one of our goals was to make sure if we wanted to go out and get wood
we wouldn't be going out through the mud because it is wet most of the time here so we had all these practical
things we needed... "
The Right Gravel
: "We learned the wrong way on some other projects. We were getting driveway gravel
which starts at 3/4 inch but goes all the way down to real fine. It packs nicely but in pathways it is a weed bed.
But in the back we got 3/4 to 1/2 inch crushed and there's no dirt in it (actually call "no fine")."
Backyard Makeover in Photos
Gravel patio area
Finished backyard outdoor room with gazebo
Beautiful herb garden and walkway
Jami and Brian's backyard makeover is wonderfully done
Before and after - awesome transformation
Remodeling Their Ranch Style Home
Want to see another project at Jami and Brian's home? They turned their garage into living space and extended their porch. All on their cottage style ranch style house
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Podcast 30 Jami and Brian's Backyard Makeover