At long last our landcaping project is finished. We bought the house next door in May. It took us weeks and weeks to get a demolition permit from the City of Bellaire. Then we demolished the house, brought in some fill to level the ground and hired a landscaper to build two play areas, a deck, a fence, a sprinkler system, lights, flower beds and grass. The job was finished earlier this week. We are looking forward to enjoying the new yard, and it is a treat to look out of the kitchen window and see grass and plantings instead of a fence and the top of an old house.
Pictures of the work in progress and the final result on my Flickr Page.