We have lived in our house for a little over a year now, and if there is one thing we definitely noticed right after we moved in was the amount of shade three massive trees in our backyard provided. To me, it was too much shade because our house seemed almost cave-like because of all the light they blocked. And the roots from these trees had definitely lifted some concrete in the backyard - a definite concern. After learning that the same trees in our neighbor's backyard had caused some water leak issues in their house and they were removing their trees, we decided it was probably best for us to remove our trees as well.
So, here is the before with the trees:
Here is what it looks like after the trees have been removed:
The amount of light we get now is awesome! I might actually have to add some window treatments to keep at least some of the light out!
P.S. Do you like my Bachelor/Bachelorette-esque lanterns? Both are from Cost Plus World Market. I need to by more to make it Bachelor Pad-worthy!