Since moving in to our new home here in New Mexico, an emphasis of ours has been to improve upon the extensive backyard areas that face the mountains. Deborah initially took a landscape design class and, with the help of some contractors, really transformed the portion of the backyard nearest the house. As the plants continue to grow, and we add some lawn art, it really is coming along nicely.
Deborah just recently completed a project to paint designs on the north, south and east facing cinder block walls of the farther portion of our backyard – what we refer to as our Outback. We both feel that it has contributed significantly to the the southwestern feel of our landscape.
Next on Roger’s outdoor to-do list is the construction of a pergola in the center of the Outback above the recently refurbished block pad that is there now.
The following three pictures show how the designs for the three walls were initially drawn up in a series of Powerpoint slides. This is similar to the way that I design woodworking projects prior to their construction. It provides us a lot of opportunity to see how things will look, and to be able to make tweaks, before the project is ever actually begun.