Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. Is your Christmas tree up yet? Kyle has Mondays and Tuesdays off work so we went to the local Christmas tree farm last Monday and did all our decorating that day. I find that if you put on Christmas music it makes the experience that much more Christmassy!
I think the 11’s and 12’s in our dates have been confusing me. Ever since December started, I’ve been thinking the date is December of 2012. As if November is 11, so the year is 2011, and December is 12, so the year also becomes 2012. lol.
Today we’re on to Part 5 of the tour of the BEFORE house. I’m going to introduce you to the backyard. We still have a lot more pictures left, so we definitely have to break it up. So tomorrow will be the last day of the initial tour.
If you’re joining us here for the first time, Start at the Beginning.
Click here for Part One of the Tour.
Now here’s the backyard tour.
*Captions below each picture for your enjoyment/guidance.
This is what you see when you first exit the back door (which, remember, that was right underneath the stairs). You're on a little back deck area.
Here's the outdoor lightswitches and sprinkler system (which doesn't work) on the wall. The lightswitches don't have a cover, just that foam stuff for outdoor electrical safety.
Next we walk further out the deck area toward the stairs. Old swing set. Functional, but I'd wear shoes and gloves if you were thinking of playing on it (which I know you were!).
Going down the stairs. Our loan, since it was FHA, they made the bank do a couple things, like paint this deck white, before we were allowed to buy the house. Out of all the things that needed to be fixed. I think they were only concerned about the cosmetic appeal of the house.
Now at ground level, you can look at the whole backyard. I like the tree in the middle. Remember, I said we don't have very many trees in So. Cal.
Standing at the bottom of the stairs, looking to the right. We're now going to walk down this sidewalk path.
Now on the other side of the yard, looking out toward the whole backyard.
Now we're on the back end of the backyard looking back toward the house. Notice the cool half fence down the middle of the backyard... I don't know what this was for. Maybe a plan unfinished?
Here's another view of the fence, looking to the right.
Now turning around, this is the other side of the back of the yard. This fence is having trouble...
Here on the left we have these two things. One we call the chicken coop, the other one we call the shed.
Outside of the chicken coop.
Inside the chicken coop.
Outside the shed.
The shed closer up. Oh, I don't think I ever noticed that planter in front of the shed.
Inside the shed. This I think would make an awesome "clubhouse" for a kid.
It had a sink and everything, but didn't work anymore. I think this shed is as old, or almost as old, as the house. (1945)
On the side of the shed, looking toward the neighbor's yard. That fence is falling down too. The only fence that seems stable is the one that's not needed in the middle of the yard!
Now we're in the very back corner (on the other side of the useless fence in the middle of the yard) looking back toward the house.
This is an overall view of the back side of the house. I think it looks pretty cool from here (besides the dead grass and weeds). This side makes the house look really big too! As you can see, there are some paint touch-ups that have to be made (along with a ton of other work that needs to be done). Oh, and this is a good view of the multi-level fence on the right. That's some cool stuff right there. (lol)
Tomorrow we’ll give you some detailed pics of the side deck and the basement room thing which is under the house. Then after that we get into the story of transformation! Woohoo!
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And come back tomorrow to finish “The Tour of the Ugly House!!!”
Have a great day! 🙂