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NoCal Backyard remake (heavy load on images)
tikiwinebear
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 582
From: Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma - wine country)
Posted: 2006-07-13 08:56 am   Permalink

Living in Northern California, we don't get to use our outdoor spaces as much as the SoCal folks or Floridians, so we created an outside summer getaway. Most of the plants will die back in the wintertime, but we made sure we planted hardy ferns and others which will stick around in the rain and frost (we don't get snow in these parts). Our project started in October 2005, and was "completed" (is it ever done?) in early July 2006. The tiki hut was assembled by the company we bought it from (see http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=18941&forum=12&vpost=223355 ), the tiki bar was purchased from Target, and the shed was purchased at Costco. All landscaping was done by my partner and me.

The back corner of the yard before any work started (the shed will be placed here)...


The front part of the yard and Monterey Pine (the sitting area and pond will be built here)...


The Monterey Pine is being removed (grew too big and had to be removed for safety reasons)...


Pine removed except stump and limb (under Jap Maple) which will be carved into a tiki by Jungle Trader (see pictures below)...


A look across to the patio viewed from the stump. The lawn and shrubs were fried from the sun since they never saw real sun before...


Newly seeded yard and patio area (tiki hut will be built on patio area...


Our dog, Hogan, viewing the pots of plants around where the stump remains...


Newly constructed tiki hut...


Newly built garden shed constructed over the leveled pine stump...


Blocks "glued" to the shed for future tiki enhancements...


Phase one of the tiki-fying of the shed. Bamboo trim added later...


Weed cloth laid before soil, gravel, rocks, and pond assembled...


7 yards of fill dirt added (looks like a lava flow!). Since the Pine tree roots and stump cannot be completely removed, we decided to build the yard up for planting...


Patting down the fill dirt and adding 2.5 tons of Sonoma fieldstones as planter boarders...


Bottom ring of above ground pond...


Pond and planters take shape...


Spotting plants in planters. Most cannas and other plants had been started in pots scattered around the yard so they were acclimated to our backyard conditions...


Completed sitting area, pond, and tiki-fied shed. Add umbrellas and table...


View to patio from behind pond...


Decked out for our July 2006 Tiki party & luau...


Tiki Bar and flower arrangements ready for party. Of course we moved the arrangements off the bar to serve Mai Tais and Coronado Luau Specials!...


The new sitting area ready for tiki party guests...


Sitting area from different angle, complete with plastic heron to guard the fish pond. (After the "local" heron ate 5 of fish, we resorted to purchasing a plastic heron to scare the real one away. So far it has been working.)...


During the construction process, I learned many tips and got many ideas from other TC postings. Thanks so much for these ideas! We are hoping to host an International Tiki Party on Saturday, Aug 12.

- Myke
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