Friday, March 22, 2013

Thinking spring

 We may just have received a fresh coating of snow here but I am hopeful that spring will eventually come our way. We have been discussing what to do with our blank slate of a back yard.
First things first we need a fence for the front of our side yard . Secondly we need a deck , a nice spot to sit out and enjoy mornings, afternoons and evenings for about 5 months of the year.
 Here is a reminder of what we are working with.

We have also decided to take the spot behind our garage (see pic above) at some point and have a custom spa created.
Here are some of the photos that I love of custom spas.

 We have the space for 8'x10' sized spa. I would also like a water feature , a water fall of course.
 I love this one with the water fall coming out of the stone wall and with the lovely pergola.
I think it is time to get some quotes. I think it will be amazing when our back yard is done , in a couple of years. We have big plans. We want to create a great get away and an awesome entertaining space.
       Another great plan we have is to create an outdoor kitchen and bar area somewhat like this one. We will build it off of our separate garage , this will be amazing to have.
 Back to the deck , this we will do ourselves. I want a lovely railing to define the space , like this one but crisp white.
 I love this deck , I am stealing this cut back design and the ground level stone work.
                            Cedar for sure for the top and pressure treated for the frame

Simple beautiful details , I am looking forward to working on the yard for sure. I am so longing to get outdoors in the warm weather.
You can check out more of what is inspiring me on Pinterest HERE 

 In the upcoming months we will be finally taking our girls on a trip of a lifetime to Aruba. We haven't been on a family vacation in 4 plus years, so sad I know. And our kids have never experienced the tropics or the ocean so this is going to be really fun. I am so looking forward to it and especially having my kids experience something so amazing.
I was very fearful because of my daughters life threatening peanut allergy , so many places like Mexico and Dominican were out for me due to the language barrier. English is a spoken language in Aruba and it is especially safe to explore which is a great comfort. Although I am a touch nervous still regarding my daughters allergy but that comes with the territory.
                                 I can not wait to be here... this is going to be great.

After this winter we really need a getaway....

Did you get away this winter , are you dying for spring and warm sun like me?


Laurayne said...

Good Morning Chris,

I ahve three recommendations for your quotes on an outdoor spa. One is The Pool Store right up on Taunton Road, east of Townline. Les and Judy are wonderful and did a great job on our pool! The other is for the stone work: Nature's Reflection. the owner John ia AMAZING. He did our front porch and we love it (we live in Parkridge too!)!! Can't wait to see your progress! Good luck!!

Design Revisted said...

I just was wondering if your allergist in Canada give out the shots that build up your tolerance to allergens. I had (have) a life threatening allergy to bees and then a bunch of trivial allergies that I received shots for to build up my tolerance to them. I'm still suppose to carry around an epipen (although I believe everybody that can should as people without life long allergies can go into anaphylactic shock) but I've been stung since receiving the shots and my reaction was severe compared to most people but no where near life threatening. Plus they made all my other symptoms all but disappear which was an awesome bonus.

Just Beachy said...

Laurayne, thanks for the advice, I actually just stopped in the Pool Store today , how funny.

Design revisited,
Our allergist does not have shots for peanut allergies , I wish they did. As far as everyone carrying an Epi I so agree, these things pop up out of no where with no warning , Epi's should be everywhere.

Marti said...

I love your ideas and especially like that stone spa. This is the perfect time to get your plans together so you can get started when the weather cooperates.

Limefreckle said...

I love all your inspiration pics, don't know how you will pick one! We have a very small pool, wish I could squeeze in a spa too, but we just don't have the room in our yard. For me, the pool is more important, I like nothing better than to float on a mattress all afternoon! But your spa may be big enough to do that! Can't wait to see pics!