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Before/After and More

July 18th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hope everyone is having a great summer. Ours has been busy. We are back in Idaho after spending two weeks in Hawaii and then two weeks in our CA condo. The Hawaii trip was planned to help my DS and BIL celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. My dh had never been to Hawaii and he liked it so much he wants to go back... I LOVE Hawaii, especially the weather, so we will go back in 2011.

We spent the first week on a cruise circling the islands of Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai, and the second week we spent in a timeshare condo on Oahu that I exchanged through Interval International. Here is a view from our room:

One of my favorite memories is of the spectacular Naapali cliffs in Kauai:

Back in Idaho, the landscape contractor completed our patio project. I love the low maintenance aspect of our new patio. Our back yard is very small and faces an alley that gets very little traffic. BEFORE all we had was a patch of lawn and a concrete patio:

Now we have pavers and rock planters with excellent soil and an automatic watering system. Dh and I spent the last two days planting. The planters contain perennials and I also have 8 large pots with annuals. Here is a picture AFTER the project was completed:

8 Responses to “Before/After and More”

  1. Ladya70 Says:

    I went to Hawaii for the first time in June and loved it as well. I mainly stayed on Oahu so I will definitely have to go back too see more.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I love your new back yard. It looks soooooooooooooo good!!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Great pictures and love the back yard makeover!!

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Wow, your yard looks fantastic! It looks so much bigger and more eye appealing.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I like how some of those walls look just right for sitting, on. So if you have a party there is lots of casual seating ready to go. Wink I think of Idaho as having two climes: 1)dry, and 2)wet. Know what I mean? Which area are you in?

  6. lartiga Says:

    Joan - We are in Boise which has very pleasant climate. We are in what's referred to as a "Banana Belt," but we still have four distinct seasons. Average rainfall is about 12 inches a year and summer temperatures average around 85. A long spring/summer growing season and little snow in the winter are also nice.

    The walls were designed to be sitting height which will be nice for entertaining.

  7. whitestripe Says:

    your back yard looks fabulous. My DF would especially love it as there is no GRASS to mow! hehe Smile

  8. -Jerry- Says:

    I have never been to Hawaii, but my sister went to school there and loved it. Maybe someday... I think that your yard/patio leads to a really nice area back there! And a little insurance of additional wall seating is excellent for having friends over. Nice work!

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