before and after

before & after: karen’s amazing diy backyard

by Grace Bonney

i’m a huge fan of karen at the art of doing stuff. she runs a wonderful blog, has trained with MMA fighters (so jealous!), and recently she made over her entire backyard by herself. after hiring some help that only made matters worse, karen decided to tackle the project by herself and now that the entire process is finished, she’s sharing the entire makeover saga (laughs, frustrations and all) on her blog. when i saw the before images she sent and the sinking pond, i immediately said to myself “oh man, i would have hired someone to fix that”, but i was so impressed to see the final product and how amazingly handy and resourceful karen was. let’s just say i’d be beyond proud to sip a glass of tea in that backyard, let alone look around and know i’d done it myself. two huge thumbs up, karen. well done!

[have a before & after you’d like to share? just shoot me an email with your images right here! (low res, under 500k per image, please)]

CLICK HERE for more pictures of karen’s backyard makeover (including a close up of that gorgeous new pond) after the jump!

[pond at night photos by joey reynolds]

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