I hope you all have enjoyed our little Backyard Retreat Series!!
If you are new here, WELCOME!
We’re moving on to the Arbors and an Extended Patio!
When we bought the home, it already had a very nice deck (this pic shows us power washing…getting ready to re-stain)
but we wanted to extend our outdoor living area (especially since we’re on a large lot and there was A LOT of lawn to mow and take care of!).
This is where I wanted our extended living area to be…..
The plan was to remove a section of deck rail and extend the patio out.
The vision was coming to life, but, I had one BIG problem……..
PRIVACY FROM MY NEIGHBORS!
When we moved in, the homes on the lots behind us were not built yet and we did not realize how close we would be. How could I get privacy without building a huge wall?
Ours are mini arbors….a structure to hold curtains that could be drawn when we wanted privacy.
I felt the yard needed to have balance so
we my brother built four of them! Two for the back and one each on the side yards.
We designed them to look like the wooden awnings on our back windows.
Holes were dug for the 4×8’s………
Cement was poured in the holes and the 4×8’s placed, leveled and set to cure. (A full tutorial can be available, if wanted! Just let me know!!).
After a couple of coats of stain, we were off to finish the patio!
One of our walkways was already created with pavers we purchased from Home Depot so we decided to continue that texture onto the new patio.
Electricity was added to the arbors so the patio could be enjoyed in the evening…..
The furniture was brought back out and we were living in our own little heaven! The curtains are from Target, the RE (Room Essentials) brand. So easy to hang and they wash like a dream! I just take them down every 6 months or so and bleach them! They come out great every time!
I love how the curtains blow in the breeze…..
but if it’s really windy, I just pull them back hooking them on some iron hooks I found at Hobby Lobby and attached to the arbor poles!
So, what do you think?
I couldn’t be happier! It has extended our living space twofold and we spend at least 9 months out of the year here!
But, we’re not quite thru…….
Next in our series is the one thing we should have constructed BEFORE anything else…….
The HOTTUB/SPA with it’s own deck!
Please join me next week when I’ll chronicle that construction!
Until next time………..
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