Marvelous Monday: Small Backyards

15 April 2013

From the beginning of our house search, a good-sized, fairly private backyard was at the top of our wish list. As you all know, we have been on the hunt for quite some time, and it is looking less and less likely that we’ll be getting the yard of our dreams. I’m consoling myself with the reminder that little yards can be adorable and restorative, too, and that there’s almost no yard that’s too small for a pergola and lots of climbing plants – and a few vegetables in pots :) Here, a few of my favorite outdoor spaces on the smaller side:

flagstone patio

gravel patio breakfast area

pergola covered patio



From top to bottom: flagstone and pergola patio photo by Jen Huang via Green Wedding Shoes, gravel patio from Martha Stewart, deck with patio from BHG, small lawn, paver patio by Wendy Posard

Any other favorite small backyards you’d like to point me toward? Or who wants to cheer me up with some more benefits of smaller outdoor spaces? :)

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April 15, 2013 11:31 am

We have a fairly nice yard and a small house. I like cozy homes and small spaces personally. Ours is big enough for a small vegetable and flower garden. A smaller yard would mean less to mow? That’s helpful, right?! Good luck on your continued house search.

April 15, 2013 11:37 am

I won’t lie, big yards are nice. But if you have a small yard you won’t have to spread 90+ bales of pine straw like I did this past weekend!

April 15, 2013 1:31 pm

Less to mow? Also more time to enjoy your yard if you aren’t moaning and groaning over the extensive upkeep without the perks of a full time gardener or landscape service. :)

April 17, 2013 11:15 am

The best thing about little yards: it’s easier to stick with one idea (which you don’t ever seem to have a problem doing and I totally envy you) and also as mentioned its less upkeep! I think there’s a special charm in small yards! Our backyard is very long and narrow. It isn’t overly large but it certainly isn’t small, but it is an awkward space. My mom is a genius at making it look awesome but it is a TON of work!

I love that doggie on the deck!

April 17, 2013 2:38 pm

Another HUGE benefit – less yard maintenance! Here’s a GREAT house that really utilizes their small-ish backyard

April 17, 2013 6:37 pm

Small yards are great! I’d highly recommend building a raised garden and doing the square foot gardening method. You wouldn’t believe how much will grow in such a small space!!

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