Landscaping is an essential part of flipping houses, especially in Arizona because people like to spend time outside to enjoy the sunshine. However, landscaping can also be very expensive and “low impact” because it takes time for things to grow. When looking at potential projects, I always love when I find one that has mature trees. The two palm trees in this backyard are a perfect example! Regardless of how much money you spend, you can’t buy these and plant them the next day… These two palms were a good 50 year investment, but they’re clearly the only investment every made in this backyard! The yard was overgrown with weeds, had a rotten wood fence that wasn’t stopping anybody from getting in, and lacked any concept of outdoor living.
My goal is to make a big visual impact, without spending a ton of money (because I always need every penny for inside) and also keeping it generic enough that buyers can still “make it their own” after they purchase the property. Firstly, we replaced the rotten wood fence with a block wall for secruity and privacy. After that, I felt it was important to provide definition to the yard and my soultion was to bring in a curbing machine and do concrete curbs around the yard as boarders. I made the palm trees a focal point by encircling them and extending vertical lines off it it to enclose areas for both a main patio, and a separate master patio. Within these spaces, I found 24″ x 24″ stepping stones and spaced them each about 8″ apart. Then the rest was filled in with crushed quarter minus granite (Think kitty-litter, but prettier). Once you add water to this, it solidifys around the stepping stones to create a solid surface that works perfectly for a patio space! The most color came from planting grass, but small desert friendly plants were also planted around the palms to emphasize the circle and add more green. Grass isn’t ideal in Arizona, but it’s important for buyers with kids and pets and can easily be removed later. From the location that this photo was taken, there is a large gravel area and a gazebo (not pictured) that create another nice seating area, but would also be a fantastic place for a pool!
After all the big work was done and the grass had grown in, it was time to bring some charm to the space. Cafe lights strung off the main patio helped to camoflague the power lines at the rear of the property and bring embience to the space. On the master patio, a large gray sunshade was hung to provide extra shade and give a resort vibe. Patio furniture from Amazon (And a neighbor’s moving pile – Thank you!) were used to create seating areas for potential buyers to sit and imagine themselves in this home.
For more of the AFTER photos from this project and additional product sources, please check out the Claremont page!