Sunday, March 12, 2017

Creating a Golf Cart Path in Side Yard

If you live in the 55+ community of Lakes at Leesburg, most likely you will want to get yourself a golf cart. Another thing to consider is a golf cart path in your side yard. Many residents will simply drive over the grass. Some residents already have a concrete slab in their side yards for golf carts.

The very cute home located at 19 Tortuga Way has a very stylish golf cart path in the side yard. What is cool about that golf cart path is how it ties in with the landscaping design throughout the rest of the property. You know, amazing curb appeal?

In this blog post, you will see how this landscape project came together, with step-by-step photos. Not only will you get to appreciate how this FSBO senior home achieved amazing curb appeal, but you will learn how you can do it for yourself. Oh, and not to forget this home IS for sale by owner!

Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Golf Cart Path in Side Yard = Amazing Curb Appeal
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
In this first photo, you get a view from the curb back. The entire side yard is a composite of 6-7 elements, which are like puzzle pieces coming together to form one design. The golf cart path is stylishly fit into the side yard.

Let us show you how that stylish golf cart path came to be! Day 1 there wasn't much to see at first with the digging and cleaning of the first area.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
OMG, we found out right away that this side yard was going to be a real job to prepare. You see, there is a large oak tree around the corner whose roots are all throughout this area. And, we found that a large bush that was in the side yard left its mark there. It was like digging for buried treasure!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Placing the twelve-inch red patio stone along with brick pavers really improved that area in a hurry!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
We created a patio area adjacent to the opening of the carport so that the golf cart could be pulled into the carport.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Extending that patio area and design back along the shed area in the side yard gave us a place to back into with the golf cart. With the patio design extended back, it also provided a spot to part the golf cart if you didn't want to pull it into the carport. Red lava rock was used for design and for drainage from the downspouts. The design was really coming together nicely!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
There was a bit of a time-out at this point in the golf cart path design. Look at the top of the photo, continuing into the backyard, we created a garden area that curved into the backyard. That garden area was filled with red mulch and edged in the red stone edgers.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Turning our attention back toward the curb, we took another time-out to work on the accent garden area at the curb. We were also working on defining the overall area for the golf cart path. Stone edgers were placed at the outside edges with red lava rock at the side of the carport.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
We were accumulating the white stone edgers that came with the property -- which would be picked up by the park workers for somebody else to use. This is the area that took a little extra effort to prepare because of all the roots crisscrossing under the surface.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Because of all those roots, we came back to the front area to put in a patio stone access area for the golf cart to enter the side yard. To the right, you can see a triangular accent garden that ties into the front accent garden at the curb.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
At this point in the design, we really could see the project coming together. We had measured the distance, more than once, for placing the two lanes for the golf cart tires. We measured the neighbors two lanes of white stone and also measured the distance between his tires on both axles. As research, we even searched online to get the specs about golf car axles. Honestly? I kept saying to the old guy next door, I'm not sure I've got it quite right.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
As we continued the patio stone back, we were thinking about rearranging the stone layout once the actual golf cart took its first drive along that golf cart path. We probably should have borrowed a golf cart as a demo of the design -- but no biggie as it would turn out!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
The day we finished that stylish golf cart path design was pretty special. We had been implementing a design we had in our heads ... and modifying as we went.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
The stylish golf cart path, along with other design components, was looking pretty sharp. Lots of neighbors were out and about to see what we had done.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
In the photo above, you can see a view of the curving back yard garden that tied into the design.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
When the actual golf cart arrive and did its inaugural drive of the golf cart path, we found our intuition had been right. There needed to be a slight modification to the tire paths. Looking to the left of the photo, you can see brick pavers on the outside of the red patio stones. We moved that row of stone inward a couple of inches and then put brick pavers down the side to complement the brick pavers on the outside of the other tire lane. The other modification came months later when we modified the patio layout by pulling the brick pavers to put to the outside.

So, what do you think? When you can break your project into smaller design components, it becomes more manageable and is fun to see come together! Would you actually contemplate such a project?

If you love what you see, you can be the new owner of this stunning senior home in Lakes at Leesburg with the stylish golf cart path in the side yard. We are pleased to offer for sale by owner this cute cottage-style, senior home at 19 Tortuga Way in Leesburg, Florida.

It is being shown by appointment to well-qualified buyers with good taste! For a showing, please call 904-566-5680. This seller is motivated to sell to that right somebody who wants to love this home and appreciate all the enhancements and improvements plus enjoy life in this active 55+ community.