After seven years and just as many bids to tackle our backyard I am so excited to share our backyard makeover reveal. We spent more time in our backyard this summer than the past seven years. It is everything we wanted it to be and more. Who knew a backyard would provide the perfect backdrop for family gatherings, smores and after-dinner drinks and conversation?
Here’s a glimpse into the yardmare.
BACKYARD MAKEOVER BEFORE
The first step was to remove the dated bricks and the pattern across our back patio. The original bricks were upcycled via the landscapers. However, I wish I had kept a few fun accents.
After evaluating the options for the patio surface we decided on cut flagstone. Our backyard is tucked into a hill and made it tricky to pump concrete into the backyard. It would have involved a crane OVER our house to add concrete. All I heard was #moremoney, #moremoney, #moremoney.
I found this little one lounging on the crushed stone just chillin’ before the crew showed up that morning.
Here is the finished backyard. It took approximately 8 days from start to finish.
We replaced the red/gray brick pavers with cut flagstone. The flagstone allows for relatively simple adjustments as the stones settle over the years. With Colorado temperatures varying as much as 40+ degrees in 24 hours, it made more sense for our climate.
Now came the fun part of figuring out where to put our furniture. We had added lights between the two trees and this space was begging for something a little more intimate (think a farmhouse table).
I stored our former kitchen table for five years waiting to eventually finish this backyard makeover. I can’t wait to share the farmhouse table.
The lacrosse net is a staple in the backyard. My son loves to go out and shoot lax balls for a study break. It’s his version of a fidget spinner.
We get a ton of visitors on the back walls. After all, they were here first. We get deer, bears, bobcats, coyotes, and rumors of a mountain lion.
The iron furniture was in a rotation around the patio. It landed just outside out back door from the kitchen.
We played with the layout of the patio (just like an interior space) and ordered an outdoor sectional (and cushions for just under $600 here. I don’t remember how I found this site, but with daily offers, it’s a little too convenient.
The photos are not great, but I wanted to get a few for this post.
Here’s the view above.
Here was the walkway from the patio to the gate.
Here’s the flagstone walkway now.
And, here’s a peek into a final project we finished ourselves. It’s our favorite part of the patio. Details to follow.