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Let There Be Candlelight

I’ve said it time and again: I love my backyard! I’m sure I’ll love the backyard of our future home just as much – hopefully even more. But this backyard is pretty cool, in large part thanks to Jason.

As promised, here is the chandelier he built to hang from our pergola over our dining table on the deck.

Jason and I got our hands on a bunch of mason jars last summer, and we decided to use them as candle holders around the deck. Shortly thereafter, in one of the many catalogs we get, I saw a picture of a backyard that included a chandelier. I wanted one! Around the same time, in another catalog, I spotted a photo of hanging mason jars with candles in them as a backyard lighting. (I’m surprised Jason hasn’t started burning every catalog that comes into this house.) An idea was born!

Jason designed and built this creation from scratch!

What I didn’t take a picture of is the base of each jar – it’s open on the bottom. While not a lot of light shines down, there’s just a little hint of it when the candles are lit.

We haven’t “used it” used it yet, but we will have to change that soon  🙂

In other backyard news, Jason got started on a new project, one from our initial, but now revised, project list for this house. Time to start getting things where we want and need them to be when the time comes to sell…

We are expanding the fenced portion of our backyard and adding a new gate. We probably didn’t think through the fence as much as we should have when we put it in. For some reason, we ended it along the back staircase of the deck instead of at the back corner. I don’t know.

Backyard 2011

When we planned on adding a garage and new driveway on the south side of the house, we figured we’d expand the fence the meet the new structure. Since those plans were scrapped, things have sat as they are. That’s about to change.

The new posts are ready for fence.

As part of the expansion, the gate you see will be flipped to the backside of the fence. It will then lead directly to the backyard instead of the side yard.

Once this phase of the project is complete, we will be adding a gate to the portion of fence that runs along the top of the driveway (between the house and the shed in the picture above). This will be a little trickier and will take some strategic planning, but I think it will make our yard feel better. I never realized how much not having a garage would impact day-to-day life. Needless to say, I would love for our future home to have garages up the wazoo  😀  Or at least just one.

I will have more pictures to come!


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