Decorating & Design - Outdoor Living

Backyard makeover: A DIY renovation

Television host and author Karen Bertelsen, transformed her small and not-so-attractive-anymore backyard into a restful retreat.

Fourteen years ago, I bought a house based mainly on the beauty of the backyard. The kitchen, the bathroom and the basement were a completely different story, but the backyard was a calming oasis of slate and cedar, highlighted by a natural-looking pond and moss-covered boulders. It was breathtaking, until I realized, some years later, that it wasn’t anymore. I don’t know when it happened exactly, but one morning I took a look outside and faced the facts: The slate was crumbling, the planter beds had rotted and the pond was leaking and falling in on itself. I quickly added up how much it would cost to get everything fixed by professionals and, just as quickly, crossed that thought off my list of options.

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Before the backyard makeover

Click on this image to see how this backyard was transformed.
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