Perhaps my priorities are all kinds of wrong, but being the perfectionist I happen to be - the one who thinks she's more worthwhile for faultless design execution - it's rough to share these:
Yes, that is graffiti on our neighbours' garage walls. We didn't fence from the back edge of the garages till a couple of years ago and, prior to that, the taggers dropped by. This is real urban living, I tell you. And the laneway aka den of hideous concrete, is an eyesore, to be sure.
What I'm tremendously optimistic about is that, when I show you the "afters" of this space, you're going to see:
- a new pergola
- heightened fence / stabilized gate
- patio stone
- landscaping near the garage walls and
- the beginnings of climbing vines.