First lets take a look at a before pic. Prepare to be horrified...
Here's how the garage looked when we first moved in. Kind of looks like where someone might hide dead bodies:
Pretty scary looking, eh? So first i found a new home for the garbage can. And this past summer i scoured Kijiji for old windows. I was lucky enough to find a pair for $60. These windows actually came from an old mansion in Rosedale. There's a complete makeover happening in the rest of the back yard, which took care of burying that wire on the top left of the before picture. I also pulled all the pink Unilock paving out and found a happy person on Kijiji to take it all away. I put in planting beds on either side of the garage door, and i laid a square cut flagstone pathway from the garage to the new deck. Total cost of the stone was $180 from Rock Valley Natural Stone. I then bought 4 dwarf Burning Bushes from Sheridan Nurseries fall sale. Total cost for the four shrubs was $90. Small changes but dramatic results. I'd say it was a pretty good use of $330.
Here is the after:
Lots more still to go for next year:
- Buy more plantings to fill in the beds
- Replace that door with a cool antique one
- Add casings around the door and windows
- Install cedar shingles on the wall
- Paint and stain everything
- Build some window boxes, and fill them with perennials
- Add some landscape lighting.
All in, i want to keep the makeover under $1000. While it won't straighten out the structure, it will make it far nicer to look at, and will be much cheaper than a garage rebuild.
So that's it for the garage makeover for now. I'll show some of the other work going on in the rest of the backyard in future posts.