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Before & After: My Backyard Makeover In Austin, TX

July 27, 2022

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before + after backyard makeover with outdoor furniture

Welcome to the backyard! We’ve spent months working on the backyard to create the ultimate relaxation and entertaining space. Everything from replacing grass with artificial turf, to adding a stock pool, and outdoor dining area.

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I love walking out to the backyard at night and seeing all the stringed lights and relaxing on the lounge chairs. Here’s how we did it! 


before: austin home

before: austin home

before: austin homeThis is what the backyard looked like – the outdoor patio didn’t have tile so we did add that. As you can see, there was nothing to be enjoyed in the backyard – just empty grass! 

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I used with Yardzen to design the backyard and it was such an easy and seamless process. Start by choosing the package based on how big your backyard is and what your budget is, fill out questionnaire, and submit photos and videos. A couple of weeks later, Yardzen created this backyard design! 

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Yardzen further gives recommendations on plants, furniture and even local contractors. 


backyard patio with bar cart

dimmable string lights | sun shade | solar ground lights


outdoor patio tile Clay Imports

Outdoor tile patio

I am in love with this tile we selected from Clay Imports – Penacho Michelada Oaxaca series 8″x8″. It gives the backyard a pop of color!


Breeze block wall

The YardZen backyard design incorporated two breeze block walls that divided up the space and added privacy. Clay Imports Breeze Block Petalo is simply stunning. 


stock tank pool in Austin Texas

Stock tank pool

We wanted to be able to cool off in the backyard but swimming pools are insanely expensive and are taking 9-10 months to build so we opted for a stock tank pool from Stock Tank Love. They’re a local company in Austin that delivers through Texas and they set up the stock tank pool in less than two hours!

Stock Tank Love offers stock tank pools in size 6′ – 11′.


Southern artificial turf in Austin Texas

Artificial turf 

Switching out grass for artificial turf was the BEST investment for the backyard. The house came with bermuda but with the heat in Texas, it was incredibly difficult to keep alive without watering every single day and don’t even get me started on the weeds.

Southern Turf Co. is a local company in Austin that specializes in artificial turf installation and services Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. The team came out for a consult to fully understand my pain points and my needs in the backyard and brought turf samples. The installation only took two days and there is SO much work that goes into it. Southern Turf Co is dedicated to making sure the turf lasts as long as it can and I watched them put down so many different layers of sand and materials before putting on the turf. 

The dogs LOVE running around the backyard and we don’t have to stress out on watering the grass and constantly pulling weeds and putting weed killer. We love having artificial turf and would recommend this to everyone. 


Pergola in the backyard in Austin Texas


This Sunjoy SummerCove pergola was so easy to put together – we put this together in less than three hours and we love how it’s the centerpiece of the backyard while offering shade! The pergola is 14 x 12 ft with an adjustable canopy.

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Outdoor fire pit table

Fire pit 

Love how beautiful this fire pit looks and we’ve used it to roast marshmallows and cozy up in the winter. Includes natural red lava rocks and propane tank cover.


outdoor lounge chairs

Outdoor lounge chairs

I’m surprised by how much we’ve enjoyed these outdoor lounge chairs – super relaxing to lounge on in the backyard. We ordered these outdoor covers and outdoor pillows


outdoor backyard umbrellas with fringe

Backyard umbrellas with fringe

Super cute umbrellas with fringe – they’re actually beach umbrellas!

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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.