Over the last month or so we have finishing putting in all our plants. We ended up going with Murraya, Cuphea White, Dentata and Liriope. All we need to do now is install a garden edge. Currently the grass meets the edge. Still not sure whether to put a paver-like edge or a metal edge so it looks very similar to how it is now. A few minor touch ups are needed with painting on the retaining wall and the timber on our facade has faded a bit and has started peeling. Not bad for having been in the house for 2.5 years and facing west with direct sun on it every afternoon. The deck also needs another coat of paint too.
We recently bought some Acapulco chairs and a side table from Bunnings for the front balcony. We now spend most afternoons sitting out the front on the balcony and enjoy the sunsets and afternoon breezes. We never really used the balcony before we bought the chairs.
Next on our to do list is the back yard, which is still a blank canvas. We want to build a deck under our alfresco which will extend out to the fence and half way across the backyard, something very similar to the display home at Kellyville Ridge. We will probably use similar plants to what we have used out the front too. We are tossing up whether to go with a Lilly Pilly or Murraya for a hedge screen. We originally wanted bamboo, but we would probably need a second mortgage. Bamboo is soooooo expensive.
We are also thinking about installing a pool, but before we do that we need to find out whether its doable as we have a sewer line running across the backyard. The pool would have to sit directly above it, so some piering may have to happen. Fingers crossed it can go ahead.
We can't wait to start so we can start enjoying our weekends outside, entertaining with family and friends and relaxing.
Exciting times ahead!
Some pics of our front yard...