A Look At Our Outhouse Shed (5 Years Later)

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2019

I honestly can’t believe it’s been 5 years since we added the cute little outhouse garden shed to our landscaping. 

Believe it or not, it’s something I’ve wanted in my yard since I was a little girl (weird, I know!) I’ve just always loved this idea — especially for a century-old farmhouse! Even now, I feel like it’s a useful, practical, and functional addition to any size yard — and it just looks SO stinkin’ cute! 

This is the original vision I had in my brain (and Pinterest).

And this is what we now have in our yard… keep in mind, most of my plants are not blooming yet — it will look even prettier in another month or so with more blooms and flowers! 

My dad helped us build our outhouse shed using wood leftover from the 100 year old barn that was previously part of our farm (way back before we purchased the home). 

Since our yard is very large, it is nearly impossible to share a “before and after” post about the entire yard — it would take you 2 hours to read! 

Instead, I’m planing to select a few different areas to showcase throughout the rest of the summer and fall months. 

First up is the west side of our yard with the cute little outhouse shed.

 

Below, you can see 2 photos of the shed, right after we built it (2014).

Here’s what it looked like in 2016…

And again in 2019…

The fence and shed have weathered nicely over the last 5 years — and the plants have filled in all the gaps! 

The photos below show the cute little “window” I hung on the side. 

Here’s what this area looked like in 2017…

And this is what it looks like this year (2019) after expanding the bed earlier this spring…

This is roughly the same angle, just further away (from 2014). 

And now 2019.

 

As you can see, we’ve expanded the bed to the right of the shed to accommodate more plants — most of which we transplanted from other areas of our yard.

Eventually, we’ll start selling some of our split perennials when we run out of places to put them in our own yard. I did this at our old house and made hundreds of dollars every spring from selling split plants and shrubs we no longer needed. 

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This area of our landscape is probably one of my personal favorites — it’s almost always shady, it’s wide open, AND it’s what I see out our bedroom windows! 

The picture above is from 2014, the picture below is from 2019. 

It’s so fun to see how things morph and change throughout the years — but it’s also crazy how much the landscaping changes over just a few weeks! 

The picture below was from mid-May. 

And this is the same view from the first week in July — only about 6 weeks later! 

 

Our kids love this little shed — and even though they don’t play in in (it’s too small and there are bugs inside!) they love playing around it and pretending it’s a little house or school room or whatever! 

Looks like our family has grown and expanded a bit over the last 5 years too! 

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As I’m sure many of you understand, landscaping is a SLOW process — no instantly gratifying before/after photos like you get when painting a wall or installing new cabinets.

It has taken many months and years to see the changes in our landscaping — but it sure is rewarding to look back now and see how far we’ve come and how much we have improved the look of our home and yard. 

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17 comments

  1. Marva

    07/11/2019

    I love seeing your landscaping updates! You’ve done a lot of hard work and I’m so happy that you can enjoy the fruits of your labors!

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Marva!

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  2. Natalia

    07/11/2019

    Absolutely stunning!! I have a little yard and a good idea of how much work goes into something like this! We had a busy season at school, home and church followed by unusual rainy weather and my plants went crazy “overnight” (especially the tomatoes)! You are amazing to keep everything looking so great!
    And I just have to add that the “stinking cute” description of the outhouse is the best line ever! 🙂
    I’m still smiling…

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Natalia! Yes, it IS a lot of work, but we enjoy it (for the most part!)

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  3. Debra

    07/11/2019

    Gorgeous! It’s fun to see the difference in growth between the ‘6 week’ picture. Would you share how you add to your flower beds? Do you use a sud cutter and then use a rototiller?

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks 🙂 we rented a sod cutter and put the rolls of sod for free on Craigslist (they were gone that afternoon). We didn’t have to rototill or anything — just plant, mulch, and done!

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  4. Jenny

    07/11/2019

    Andrea, everything looks great. I think maybe you’ve mentioned before, but what is this cute shed used for? What’s inside?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Jenny! We used to put yard tools in the shed, now we store yard games in there!

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  5. JJ

    07/10/2019

    Your yard is beautiful, and I want to run barefoot through your yard!!! Haha!!! You have quite the green thumb!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks 🙂 I’ve gotten much better at planting and maintaining our yard over the years! Practice, practice!

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  6. Julie

    07/10/2019

    Do you have to stain or seal your wooden privacy fence periodically to maintain it?

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    Andrea Reply:

    we could — but we don’t. Our fence is HUGE, it would take weeks to stain and seal it all and be quite pricy. We’re just planning to let it “age” naturally!

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  7. Kelly

    07/10/2019

    Your yard is my goal. Mine is a lot smaller but I get good ideas esp. for shade areas. Do you ever have bugs on your hostas? Something is eating mine. And, your grass is so green and beautiful. I’m in Texas where everything just seems to burn up. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see the rest of the yard.

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    Kate Reply:

    It might be slugs eating the hostas. I had that problem with one of my varieties of hosta. You could try egg shells around the hostas. They don’t like the sharp feeling of the eggs shells. I ended up moving mine to an area that is rocked and they’ve left it alone this summer.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks Kelly! It’s a lot of work but we enjoy it.
    And yes, grass in Texas must be tricky!

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  8. Kate

    07/10/2019

    The shrubs to the left of the outhouse- what are those? They appear to be very fast growing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hydrangeas to the left, rhododendrons to the right.

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