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Tim Gunn, eat your heart out. I’ve finally figured out how to work with all of the pine trees in my backyard instead of working around them.
Well, technically I guess that’s not true. I’m still working around them. But in a way that actually makes them an appealing feature of the back yard instead of an eyesore that’s too expensive to remove (there is no room for the trees to fall without damage to someone’s house or taking out a fence, so in order to cut them down, I would have to hire someone who would cut them in pieces from the top, and then haul away each heavy chunk – we’re talking major $$$ and hiring a licensed/insured professional and then spending even more money on creating the back yard entertainment area; dough that I’d rather spend on the kitchen). Check out my inspiration here.
The idea is simple enough: create a floating deck that has space for each tree. Sure, there’s a lot of work that will need to be done between now and then (so much yard cleanup to do!), but the floating deck idea appeals to me because 1) I probably don’t have to dig near the house, and worry as much about utilities and 2) I make use of an area that would otherwise stay completely neglected. This is the first time in a long, long while that I’ve gotten so excited about the back yard that I am really looking forward to getting started. Of course, this isn’t going to replace the current priority list of exterior projects, but it’s certainly something that’s making me seal clap over the thought. Can you imagine how awesome it will be to have a large platform, with lights wrapped around the trunks? I’ve found some basic plans and have already started doodling the layout. I can’t wait!