A Backyard Renovation

Welcome to the 82nd Metamorphosis Monday!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I spent my Saturday at Vision Computers in Norcross, Georgia…drooling over their awesome computers. I have computer fever something terrible.   Next, a friend and I headed to dinner at Six Feet Under in the Grant Park area of Atlanta.

Six Feet Under is located across the street from Historic Oakland Cemetery, thus its name.

They have the best home made potato chips and fish tacos. I always get the catfish and shrimp ones…Yum! This time, I almost had a Tombstone Tea with my meal, that was until I read the ingredients…yikes! The waiter told me it’s like a Long Island Tea. I’ve never had one of those before either…but after I finished reading the ingredients, I chickened out. 😉

Just before dinner, we drove by my favorite stalker house in Grant Park. I was surprised to see it is on the market.

The real estate listing didn’t show my favorite part, the “bat in the belfry.” I shared that fun story previously in this post.

After house stalking and dinner, we headed back to my friend’s townhome. Recently, the small back yard was renovated to make the area much more usable, with the idea of keeping it low maintenance. I’m afraid there are no “Before” pics but imagine a very much overgrown and messy/muddy area with lots of weeds…my friend’s words, not mine. 🙂

Here’s the After! Beautiful!

A Crepe Myrtle has replaced what was once a tiny pond. A fountain (not running at the time of the pic) adds a nice feel/sound to the area. Behind me (not pictured) is small table for dining. A pretty little stone wall was created to surround the arborvitae.

The courtyard/patio was installed to create more usable space while reducing the upkeep and maintenance of this area .

The paved area was continued down beyond the neighbors home, too…makes for a lovely view.

If you have a small back yard that’s getting overgrown and out of hand, hope this post will give you some ideas and inspiration. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your, Before and Afters!


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  1. Thank you for the inspiring backyard; I too have a small backyard area that is in the middle of being transformed.

    Love the name of the restaurant.

  2. I live in Greenville, SC which is about 2 hrs north of ATL. I need to find out how far away Norcross is. Looks like it might be a nice place for a day visit. I'm really wanting to check out Six Feet Under. It seems really neat. And that house… oh my! Thanks for sharing this and also, thanks for hosting!!

  3. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Sounds like a wonderful Saturday Susan.

    The restaurant looks like a neat place for dinner.

    The home is beautiful. I love those old Victorian era homes.

  4. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    It looks like SUCH a great place to visit! The house is fantastic… LOVE turrets and I especially like the color they choose…
    Thanks for sharing,

  5. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Sounds like you had an enjoyable day. I really like your friend's courtyard – makes me want to "spiffy" mine up a bit, but it is just to hot out there now.
    Have a great week.

  6. Glenda/MidSouth says

    I hit publish to fast – Thanks for hosting again this week. You are appreciated.

  7. My Fleet of Fords says

    This is my first time joining Metamorphosis Monday! (I actually messed up with my name on the thumbnail because I didn't realize I was supposed to put my blog name and I just typed my real name…..oh well!) What fun it will be to check out all of the great projects. I love the house that you shared….it is beautiful! The backyard project gave me some great ideas for an area of my backyard that I have been wanting to do something with for a while. What great inspiration! Thanks!

  8. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! No wonder you stalk that house…lovely! And what a great backyard re-do! I love the crape myrtles…always so pretty this time of year! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  9. Your friend's garden looks great. I love the house that is for sale. Someone is going to be so happy to buy this.

  10. Hi Susan! I'm sure you had a great Saturday!! I'm giggling at the name of the restaurant though! 🙂
    Oh, that house is amazing!! Maybe you should buy it for your second home! 🙂
    Your friend's patio looks great!!
    Thanks again for hosting Met Monday! I'm playing with you today but even when I can't I always have to come over and see what's going on.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. Nancy's Notes says

    Susan, you had such a great day, thanks for sharing. Goodness, your friends have done a wonderful job in creating such a peaceful looking courtyard area, love the walkway area too. Nice that they put in a crepe myrtle tree, they are just beautiful trees!

    Have a nice evening!


  12. Olive Cooper says

    Thanks for the neat backyard. Low maintence is sometimes the way to go. That Victorian house is gorgeous. olive♥

  13. Sailing Simply says

    Very nice! I just love looking at courtyards. That little walk reminds me of the way alot of the Charleston homes have little paved paths in between. I don't know why but I just find those so attractive!

  14. black eyed susans kitchen says

    More wonderful inspiration from you, Susan. I love the name of that restaurant and the Victorian house is wonderful!

  15. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Hi Susan, great post and pics of the courtyard. I have eaten at Six Feet Under….really a curious place with the famous cemetary across the street. Thanks for hosting Met Monday so faithfully for so long! Linda

  16. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    That's very nice and the upkeep would be pretty low. I love the look of the stone pavers.
    Thanks for sharing Susan and have a great week! I like your new header too!

  17. That's amazing! I love how that house turned out!

    Mine is on my new blog:


  18. That house looks beautiful! I am going to go to the listing to see more of it! Your friends backyard turned out SO nicely! I love any kind of "hardscape" and wish I had more in my yard. Have a great week! XO, Pinky

  19. LOVE the Victorian House! My hubby is going to Atlanta for work at the end of the month. I wish I was going too!

  20. One Cheap B*tch says

    Love those tassels! And love your new homepage logo!


  21. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage says

    Yes, the walk entering my backyard is a mess, these are some lovely ideas to consider.

  22. Thank you and your friend for showing her new yard. Her back garden is lovely! Crepe Myrtles are one of my favorites because they do so well in the hot summer. The back ally looks like a fun way to visit neighbors!

    The Atlanta Victorian is stunning! The varied paint colors really show off the detailed trim work. Looking forward to checking out the listing.

    Have a good week!

  23. Melissa Miller says

    Susan her pretty backyard patio area is outstanding. I adore all the brick work and the round pavers around the crepe myrtle. Nice job and redo!

    I'll have to go and check out the giveaway from The Tassel House.
    I have purchased many from Angela and love em' all. She is talented!

  24. Entertaining Women says

    I adore historic homes, and I totally enjoyed your photographic tour. I love the name of the restaurant…Six Feet Under…clever! Thank you for sharing your journey. Cherry Kay

  25. Sharo@KeenInspirations says

    Thank you for hosting and sharing the lovely courtyard! Have a wonderful week!

  26. Fifi Flowers says

    ENJOY a FABuLOUS week!

  27. Susan if you have computer fever, I hate to say it being a PC girl from the beginning and now I have a Mac and wouldn't go back. Not only that but Apples outstanding support, customer service and free workshops, you can't lose. You will never get that kind of support when you buy a PC. Just sayin'….you might consider it.

    Thanks for the giveaway and I love that house too!

  28. I instantly remembered that house you stalked from your prior post, Susan! It is a lovely old Grand Dame. I hope whoever buys it, takes great loving care of it.

    Good thing you passed up the Long Island Iced Tea…only time I had one, I ended up in a hot tub & a wet t-shirt contest…no lie!!

    No MM post from me this week. Just some sewing for my sweetheart.


  29. What a lovely backyard your friend has. Very charming. I can't wait to go check out the listing of your stalker house. I love that term by the way, and I think we all secretly have one. Thanks for hosting again this week Susan!

  30. Oh, and if I'm ever in your neck of the woods you and I are gonna have a Tombstone Tea together – I won't let you chicken out!!!

  31. Rebekah Greiman says

    I can't seem to get my link to work! Could you add me to the list? I don't know what's going on!?
Here's the link:

It's a dining room table made from recycled barn wood! Thanks!

  32. the cape on the corner says

    wow, great transformation. i linked up part of our backyard reno process this week.

  33. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says

    I just love the architecture of those houses! My family lives in Qunicy, IL and they have so many of those type of houses. Just beautiful!

    Thanks for hosting! I was a little late and my metamorphosis doesn't have before pictures….:-(

  34. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Hello Ms. Susan,
    I love the tongue in cheek name of the restaurant.

    That house is just lovely! I would stalk it all the time. 🙂

    Great metamorphosis on the patio.

  35. Much as I love an expanse of green lawn, I am more and more drawn to the pavers and garden areas like this. It reminds me of the courtyards and gardens at my house when we lived in Jordan and the balcony gardens in Beirut.

  36. Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique says

    I am a first time blogger, this is my third post so far. I am your newest follower! Thanks for hosting MM, Amy at Maison Decor told me all about it!

  37. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    That "stalker" house is lovely. I'd really love to take a peek inside!

    Thanks for hosting today!

  38. Anu@My Dream Canvas says

    Wow…this is a stunning house! I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there!

  39. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    What a great name for that restaurant! The yard redo is darling and such a great idea for a small space. Sounds as if you had a wonderful time.

  40. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Hello my dear Susan! I haven't visited/left a comment in a while… Yes, believe it or not, I have been busy on my OWN blog, finally entering some posts! 🙂 And let me tell you, my dear, if I were with you on Sat., you WOULD have had a Tombstone Tea, and me too! Ha-ha! And I also loved your previous post – your little squirrel is mischievious, but adorable; and I loved your hummingbird story!!!
    Take care!
    Best regards,

  41. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Oh! I almost forgot:
    P.S. Please tell your friend that I think her yard looks lovely!!

  42. Hi Susan!
    You have wonderful blog. I am your newest follower.
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  43. HI! I remember Harry Norman Realty … the best of the best!

  44. Tell your friends they have lovely back patio! As the summer winds down, I keep wishing our yard was a bit lower maintenance. Hardscaping definitely saves a lot of work!

    Thanks for hosting the party!

  45. Looks like a great olace to heat. I have never had a Long Island Iced Tea, and I live on Long Island! Too potent for me.
    Your friend's yard looks nice! Bot too much to do!

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