Rick's Back Yard Transformation
MY back yard transformation 20+ years in the making in Sanford, Fl. Most additions or changes were to address a problem in the yard and it just kept evolving and continues to do so today. Thanks for viewing our labor of love. This shows what can be accomplished transforming a mostly treeless blank yard into a backyard retreat, if given enough time and of course money.
1 of 30: This is how the backyard looked in 1988 when we moved in. Water stood maybe a foot deep on the back half most of the year and weeds covered most of it year round.
2 of 30: This is the view looking toward the house after our first project which was a wooden retaining wall.
3 of 30: Because of the water standing on the back of the lot, we decided to join with our neighbor and dig a pond across the back of both our lots on the back property line.
6 of 30: The wife and I constructed the dock during a Christmas vacation and added some palm and banana trees.
7 of 30: Another couple of Christmas vacations and we constructed a two tier deck, one tier at a time.
11 of 30: The metal arbor rusted and began to fall over, so we constructed a wood arbor around the metal one.
15 of 30: First components of the out door kitchen. Ducane Grill, Cookshack Electric Smoker and a Camp-chef stove.
17 of 30: We added a sink and bar with chairs to the out door kitchen. We have enjoyed many fish fry's with friends and family in the backyard.
28 of 30: This is no-nose the Florida softshell turtle. They normally have a long snout, but his is gone. He will come up to be hand fed almost anytime.
29 of 30: These armadillos live under our deck. They dig up the yard a bit, but I still enjoy having them as guests.