Modern Ranch Reno: Backyard Plans

Super excited to share our backyard landscape ideas with you. I am so lucky that I have a crazy talented Dad. He owns a landscaping company called D&B Landscaping here in Mesa, AZ and he did a beautiful design for us. Before we start with a plan take a look at what we were dealing with. As I started my backyard I started by writing down all my backyard landscape ideas.

Before/Move in day

You can see our full Before pictures when we bought the house HERE

This is what the backyard looked liked when we moved in. It was beyond overgrown. I can’t even believe that we could see past it all. I like to think that I have vision but this was so crazy!

First, thing we had to do was clear everything out so that we could really see what we were dealing with. We hired some help and the poor guy was stung by several scorpions, several different times. Poor guys.

Creating a Game Plan

After everything was cleared out we walked the backyard several different times with my dad and went over what we wanted in the backyard. We talked about how because of where the pool is located the strip of grass behind the pool was never used and was wasted space. Also, we talked about a trampoline for the kids and a few other things that the kids would love. After that my dad worked on a plan for us that worked in our budget and allowed us to do the backyard in phases and a backyard that worked better for our family.

This did not happen over night. We have had the plans for the backyard for over a yard. My husband and I have been working on many other projects around our house, and we also needed to save all the dollars. But it was so great to have a game plan so we knew what we were work towards.

Backyard Landscape Ideas

Beyond excited about these plans! A few things are going to be different. Next to the trampoline closest to my house will be a kids play set and we did a round trampoline not a rectangle one like we were planning on.

Walk through

I wanted to show you a bit more of how my yard is right now and show you exactly where everything is so a post this YouTube Video of a walk through of the yard. You can check it out HERE:

Getting Started

Now this backyard renovation is not all happening at once.

For right now….

  • we are working on the trampoline
  • and the concrete sidewalk
  • the new steps in the pool area
  • new pavers in the pool lounge area.

But I am hoping that since you have seen the plans that as I do instagram stories and share picture on social media that you can now have a better idea of what we are going towards.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and other social media channels to watch my backyard come to life.


  • Reply
    Julie @ Houzz Mag
    February 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Loving all your backyard renovation entertaining pocket ideas. Especially, the outdoor dining and the swing set ideas.Waiting eagerly for end view.

    • Reply
      Mallory & Savannah
      February 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you so much! We can’t wait for the end result too! Hugs, Savannah

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    Courtney Davis
    February 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it come to life. Thanks for sharing. What type of trees are you putting along the fence for privacy?

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    Nigel William
    February 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Great article! Are you planning to create a tutorial on how to take care of a pool?

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    Savannah Concrete
    February 17, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Good choice to go with concrete around the home for longevity and easy maintenance for years of enjoyment.

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    Chuck Simpson
    June 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    This looks great! The pergolas will add a very nice shaded area right next to the pool! We as a company are actually looking into building more “pool decking” as well as patios surrounding pools. So this article helps with visualization big time!

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