Week 1: One Room Challenge

After many renovations and many rooms I’ve finally decided to enter the ORC! I’m excited to challenge myself by creating a unique place in such a short time. Mike and I are no strangers to hustling on projects. In fact, if you’ve been following us for awhile you know that we’ve completed most of our projects pretty quickly.

We moved into this house a little over a year ago and in every home I’ve lived in, I’ve always had a garden…even in college. When we did our first walk through I knew this spot on the side of our house would be the perfect area for a kitchen garden or potager (if you’re French). However, with all of our other projects to modernize the house the side yard just grew weeds. This is the perfect opportunity for me to create the garden I need and just in time for Spring planting.

Here it is, in all it’s sunshiny glory. It was about 1 pm when I took this shot.
You can see the shade starting to cover it.

It’s already fenced off – so I don’t have to worry about the dogs or chickens getting in without an invitation. It is on the west side of the house and receives morning light but becomes shaded as the afternoon light creeps in. It’s also already plumbed for irrigation and drainage. It has a colored concrete slab that matches the rest of our backyard All great bones to start with! Some challenges: it’s where our air conditioning units and pool equipment are located; the block wall is 5′ tall and doesn’t offer as much privacy as I’d like; time management.

Looking back towards the rest of the yard

I’ll be doing a lot of the work myself. This will allow me to work on the project as much as possible without relying on a sub to finish the job. I’ve definitely got a ton of work ahead of myself. There’s weeding that needs to take place and then cutting out the posts and removing the current chain link fence around all the equipment. And that’s just the removing part. Don’t even get me started on all the stuff I have to build: new fencing/wall around the equipment; privacy screen on block wall; pool storage equipment/sitting area; potting table; planter beds. I also want to string lights across the garden area so it is also a welcoming retreat in the evenings. I’ve got a lot to do and I’m anxious to get started!

Here’s my plan:

So excited to have a garden and a new place to relax
Privacy screen and patio lights aren’t in the plans/rendering.
The equipment wall will be horizontal slats not vertical and not see through.

Here’s my timeline:

Week 1 April 4th – Introduction and clean area.

Week 2 April 11th – Build planter beds. Fill beds with dirt and plants. Run drip system to plants. Build pool storage benches.

Week 3 April 18th – Stain/seal storage benches. Demo chain link fence and start building new pool equipment/air conditioning unit surround. Start sourcing furniture and stand alone pots.

Week 4 April 25th – Finish building equipment wall begin building privacy fence on block wall. Bring in furniture.

Week 5 May 2nd – Finish privacy fence. String new patio lights from equipment wall to privacy fence. Final touches on furniture and room.

Week 6 May 9th – Photos and Final Reveal

I’m hoping that by planting the plants in the first week they will have grown to fill the area by the end of the 6th week. This garden is right next to the kitchen. It really is the ideal spot for a potager. Join me next week and see how far I get! Click on over to the official One Room Challenge page and check out all the other guest participant rooms, as well as the 20 Featured Designers.


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