There's a huge above-ground pool that we knew we wanted to get rid of from the first day we saw the house. There's also a pool-deck attached (?) to the eyesore that joins to the regular deck-deck. I'm not an above-ground pool expert but it looks like its fairly new and in good condition, as is the pool deck. We don't want to deal with the maintenance and safety issues that go along with having a pool. I'd probably be able to deal if it was an in-ground, lagoon style pool with natural stone and landscaping around it but, it's far from that. Don't get me wrong, it's nice - we just feel that having that much more lawn space for our family to run around would be a better use of space. I've heard from numerous sources that we can post it on craigslist for free and someone will quickly come and claim it...but we've also been advised that we can get some loot for it. Know anyone that needs a pool and wants to come disassemble and take off our hands??? Here's a crappy picture of half the pool and a part of the adjoining deck. I think that gas-tank-looking thing has something to do with the water filter. I'm not sure what that post in the foreground is but I'm sure I can unearth that and find a constructive use for it.
As you might notice from the picture, the pool sits a bit lower than the rest of the yard, sunken in, if you will. I'm not sure what we will find underneath the pool but I'm guessing it won't be heaps of cash and jewels. Our initial thought was to extend that brick path and/or make a stone walkway from the deck that leads to a stone patio area, firepit and all that jazz - some place other than the deck to sit and enjoy the privacy and silence of our backyard. I've all but got those plans drawn up in my head already so it won't be long before Joe's beautiful hands will be caked in dirt and covered in callouses. I'm pretty sure I'll be busy taking care of James and cooking dinner during that project.
The next eyesore might need our attention before the pool. I don't know
There are mature trees surrounding the entire property but to clearly identify our property's perimeter, I was thinking of planting big green things to act as a fence - mainly on the left side of the house where the property line isn't so clear. I figured that would look nicer, softer and more natural than a true fence.
Aside from a little cleaning up, the frontyard shouldn't suck up to much of our money or Joe's time. Like I said, I know nothing about plants but those
bushes shrubs trees things appear to be in good condition. At the very least, it doesn't seem as though these plants will strangle and murder the surrounding plant life. I'll probably be forced to clean up the stuff lining the driveway since I'll see it everyday and the fact that there are still fall leaves mixed in will drive me insane.
Even with the pool, there is a decent amount of grass space that will need to be mowed. Once the pool finds a better home, Joe will probably get his wish for a riding mower. Oh, and since the house is set back from the road and the driveway is pretty long, a standard snow-blower probably wouldn't be too efficient. If Joe behaves himself, he can get a riding mower AND plow attachment. If you're looking to give one those away for free, you know where to reach me.
(Note: If you know of anyone that wants the pool let me know! Feel free to post tips and realistic suggestions as well!)