Diary of a DIY backyard makeover
See how this dream garden became a reality in one year
June: The driveway goes
Jordan begins to demolish the paving. "After a few stabs of the pick into asphalt, he demolished a disc in his back instead," Leanne says. "What followed was a trip to the emergency room, spinal cord surgery, and finally a call to a guy with a backhoe."
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October: The shed rises
Four months of physical therapy later, Jordan and a friend embark on the construction of a cedar garden shed, which takes three months to build. "Before the shed, we had to bring the mower up out of the basement every time we cut the grass," Leanne says.
Early May: A fence goes up
To separate the garden from the busy street, Jordan designs and builds a cedar fence. The lintels on the saloon-style garden gate match the shed's extended rafters.
June: Patio plants are chosen
"Our new garden is most beautiful and magical at night, when the light coming through the shed's stained-glass window casts a warm glow over the entire space," Leanne says. "We can enjoy serenity and calm after more than a year of backbreaking work."