The Things I See on Brokers’ Tour #2: DIY Backyard

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage BRE#01732313

The DIY Backyard

Seen on brokers’ tour last week was this backyard in Livermore. This homeowner invested in moderate enhancements to a mid-size backyard with very appealing results. A do-it-yourself backyard project, this really added to the overall appeal of the home. He did the work himself, and did an excellent job. Existing lattice topped fencing was given additional interest with the addition of wooden trellises and perimeter planter boxes. Notice how extending the planter box around the tree area gives the yard a cohesive look and a focal point. He added interlocking bricks for a walkway and patio, leaving a small sized lawn area, laid with new sod. Other greenery was used sparingly, but the end result truly gave this small yard the wow factor.

My favorite part of this DIY backyard project is the newfound ability to host and entertain. The patio area with table and chairs coupled by the open lawn area, gives guests the ability choose between lounging or playing in party games. A leisurely game of badminton or cornhole/bean bag toss are now very doable given the newly laid sod. In case you were in need of some backyard inspiration, be sure to check out the Houzz Landscaping section. It’s full awesome ideas that can be easily worked into any yard to add some outdoor flare. Livermore backyardLivermore Backyard

Comments (4)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this, Karen.  I'm looking for some good ideas to spruce up my backyard. I'm all for the do-it-yourself part too.

Oct 25, 2015 10:37 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



Very nicely done. That seller will be repaid very well for their efforts. Houzz is a really great resource for all kinds of ideas.

Oct 25, 2015 01:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Karen so true the Back Yard needs to be staged too, some people do not visualize what it could be...Endre

Oct 25, 2015 02:15 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Good luck Bob. We started a do-over 2 years ago, but with the drought in California, much of that has been put on hold.

David, I too love Houzz. The inspiration for my own backyard was a variation from one of their posts.

Endre, good to see you. You're right - staging is the entire property!

Oct 26, 2015 01:09 AM