Almost 2 years ago my hubby and I bought this giant house on a huge lot in the UNM North Golf Course neighborhood, with the dream of it someday being Grand Central Station for us and our future children. In truth, it is ridiculously oversized for two people, but I'm a contractor and designer, and I couldn't help but see loads of potential both for our family and as an investment.
As I look out over our almost half an acre in the middle of town, and our giant basement with room for activities, and can't help but feel that we are squandering all this space for no good reason!
Because work for me in my field of construction has been SO slow, and I am here all the time, I have been researching ways to use my property in more productive ways. Through my research, I have found few ideas that inspire me or seem appropriate for our needs. So far the only things I've thought of are having classes, either indoor or out or community gardening. That being said, I thought that DCF would be a great resource for helping me brainstorm on ways to use our space!
Back Yard: Approximately 70' x 180' (average lot in the UNM area is 50-75' wide by 100-125' long including the house and front yard). The back of the house is almost due south facing.
We have recently removed a ton of trash and dead trees/stumps, the sprinkler system needs to be totally redone (but we want a plan first before we install it) and it is basically a blank slate right now, except for a fantastic big shade tree. I have some construction materials which we will soon be moving into a new fenced off storage yard.
The Basement: The Rec room is approximately 16' x 35' with 9' ceilings. There are 2 bedrooms down there, both with great windows, one I'm using as an art studio, the other as a guest room. There is a kitchenette and lounge area, a 3/4 bathroom, a storage area and a sauna. Nothing is pretty but it's functional. It has a separate entrance through some french doors to the backyard.
Any ideas or questions would be welcomed!