Our backyard makeover!

About a year ago, we started dreaming up ideas of how we could redesign our very lackluster backyard. It was pretty much a blank slate, so the options were endless…. But our budget was not! We found out early on in our design process that landscaping can be very expensive! We met with a landscape+design company here in Austin, which was very eye opening! We were given a lot of great ideas and they created a functional design for our specific measurements/wants/needs. We knew we needed to do a lot of prep-work before implementing the landscaping, so we held off and saved our money. From gutters, to installing and plumbing the 3,000 gallon water tank, hired out for the patio extension, installed the sprinkler system, to finally laying sod. This project has been a long time in the making and we’re now starting to see our ideas come to fruition.

Our motivators were this:

  1. Walking around barefoot!!!
  2. Less dirt and mud. Our backyard was a nightmare after it rained.
  3. Prevent run off/erosion.

Last weekend kicked off our grass party ;) We ordered 18(!!!) pallets of Zoysia grass from The Grass Outlet and they were delivered bright and early Saturday morning at 6:30 am. The grass outlet had the best price, quick delivery and the grass was super fresh. We were really pleased with their service! We had a two truck loads of soil delivered that Friday and rented a bobcat Saturday morning. By 7am, we were ready to get started. The first day always seems to start slow, but we managed to spread about 1/3 of the dirt and lay 6 pallets of sod. Sunday was MUCH more productive and LONG! Thankfully we found a young man on craigslist, which was monumental. We were able to lay the rest of the 12 pallets and still had area to cover at the end of the day. We ordered one more pallet for the backyard and Scott was able to finish over the weekend. During the process of using the bobcat, the front yard got pretty tore up. We went ahead and ordered 6 more pallets of bermuda to finish off the front. I’m thinking of adding a couple of plants as we go, but for the most part, our backyard is set! We’re loving our new yard and GRASS!!!

Ames came out to help us for a couple of hours on Saturday


Weekly workouts 8/30-9/5

Not much time for the gym this week but I did get some physical activity in the form of manual labor! We’re working towards finishing projects before our housewarming party…


  • More fence work… We finally finished the fence!


  • Painted first coat of paint on the TV stand and HutchIMG_8507


  • Painted second coat


  • Touch up paint and waxed… and now we’re done with painting furniture for a while… Until part 2 of the hutch comes in. yay! I’m thinking I’ll do a separate post on painting furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint. I really liked it!



Bathroom update #3

The final update…for now! As far as I’m concerned, our bathroom remodel is complete!! In my last update we had just finished grouting the shower tile and next on our list was to…

  • Caulk all corners of shower (and tops of base boards)
  • Install baseboards
  • Paint baseboards and touch up wall paint
  • Replace toilet!
  • Install glass shower wall(we’ll be hiring out for this) More on this in a bit…

We finished most of these tasks the next day after my last post, but I’m just now getting around to writing the update. We’ve been able to use the shower since February, which has been an absolute joy! Having 1 bathroom in the house was really tough! I finally found some new bathroom mats, which completes the bathroom remodel. I still would like to hang some cute prints, or something on the wall, I just haven’t found anything that I am in love with…Oh and the old curtain rod, don’t mind that nasty thing. I need to get a new one of those too…But for now… Here’s the completed bathroom!

before during after
before, during, after

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Caulked all sides, top and bottom of shower
Cleaned up grout lines
Caulked the corners of the shower
Installed baseboards and caulked the tops of them
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And as you can see, we did not get the glass shower wall installed yet. Originally, that’s what we had in mind and I think sometime in the future we will actually get one installed, but we found that our shower curtain works just fine for us right now.