Many homeowners with row homes sometimes scratch their heads trying to figure out how they should go about renovating their backyards, especially if they have been neglected a number of years. Check out this before and after post from a backyard in Newburgh’s East End that was renovated last Spring, 2010.
The original backyard had overgrown shrubs, snakes, tree stumps, “ghastly” fencing, and tons of poison ivy! This set of row houses was originally built and owned by the factory behind as housing for it’s workers.
Not only were there lots of dangerous plants and animals, but there was also all of this metal in the backyard as well. Being environmentally conscious, the home owner sent this metal out to be recycled.
Soon everything was ripped out and there was a clean slate to work with. The pole on the right might have been used for transmission of electricity or telegraphs to or from the factory.
The finished product. This renovation really made a huge difference, and surely the neighbors were thrilled to have new fencing as well. A pear tree was planted that you see in the far right, a blooming rose bush, and salvaged mint from the original ‘garden’. It was growing out from the cracks on the side of the house! The bed was made with the lintels from the house that were removed when the back doors were put in. And the other huge difference is the retaining wall in the rear.
The homeowners mint and their $4 rose bush which is cheaper than a bouquet! This makeover shows that you can reuse and save items that you already have in a new way. Don’t these pictures make you long for warmer days? Thanks for sharing your makeover!
If you are a homeowner or contractor and would like to showcase your own before and after makeover that has been completed in the City of Newburgh, contact me.