The Outdoor Series – Patio Time

 Here is the next project I was talking about in one of my last Outdoor Series post here.  We hired a contractor to install this patio.  It was way above our skill level at the time.  We needed a separate area to have a gazebo and a seating set to hang out.  Since the yard was so disorganized with different levels of a deck, we had to add a patio right off the deck.
This patio is about 16’x16′.  We wanted to get a 10’x12′ gazebo for this area.
We had the contractor install Nicolock Holland Stone. Outer border is Charcoal and center pavers are Granite City Blend.
Here you can see the many different levels of the yard.  One level when you walked out the back door, one step down to the level that went all the way around the pool and then the upper level is where you get into the pool.  WOW, can you say “way too much wood.”  The previous owners of our home really had no idea what they were doing.  We thought about sanding and restaining, we thought about painting everything, we thought about ripping everything out.  I’ll share more on that in another post.  This yard went through a lot of changes in 4 years.  Can’t wait to share it all.
We finally put up the Gazebo {that we bought from Big Lots 3 years ago} and our seating finally arrived from  We love this set.  The tables even have cushions so you can use them as ottoman’s too.  We bought some nice planters and we were done.  We just had to grow some grass now.
As you can see from some of the pictures above, we installed a new fence over our chainlink fence.  The property basically has a 4 ft. chainlink fence all around, but in some places the previous owners put up some stockade fencing….the fencing that was falling apart.  You can check out how we updated the original stockade fencing here.
Here is some of the chainlink fencing we are going to cover up.  Look at how this garden bed turned out.
We installed some of the same Garden Blocks that we used in front of the house.
We added some evergreen bushes like we did in the front of the house, some Daylilies, a Hydrangea bush in the middle and some other plants that I don’t know the names of {sorry}.  I can’t wait to show you what this bed looks like now.  We had to move some of it out and one bush died, but the bed looks really nice now.  Well at least I think so. ๐Ÿ˜‰
So here is the stockade fencing that we received free from a friend.  All we had to do was pick it up and then prime & paint it white.  It took use about 2 weekends to finish this project completely.
Before with our chainlink fence and the neighbors higher chainlink fence which was only about 5 ft high and didn’t give us much privacy when in the pool.  Plus it was really ugly looking.  Oh look I missed one of the levels of wood decking.  I forgot there is a step up to the pool before you get to the next higher level around the pool.  Like I said, way too much wood.  We always have to watch where we are walking.  lol
Now here is the fence installed.  Hubby you did a great job.  It wasn’t that easy bending over the stockade fence so that he could attached it to our chainlink fencing.
We even received free Hosta’s for along the fence from our neighbors across the street.  You have to see them now, they completely filled in and it’s just one big Hosta garden bed now.  We are happy with that for now.  Yes we know the fence isn’t perfect.  The chainlink behind it was not even, so we did our best to install the stockade.  We are happy with it until we can afford PVC fencing in the backyard.
Now you can see all the plants better.
Here is the fencing behind the gazebo/patio area after we install it.  So much better in white.
Well that wraps up the patio & fence projects for now.  Please stop back to see the next step in our backyard makeover… are going to be surprised with the finally outcome.

You can check out the rest of the outdoor series project here, herehere and here.

So does anyone else have some fun yard projects they have been working on?  Projects you have set up for the future?  Projects you are dreaming about?  Well let’s hear them.  Share your ideas of what you want to do in your yard.

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a great day! I would love to hear your comments, so please leave one if you want. I love sharing and inspiring others, but I also love feed back and sharing of others ideas and thoughts. :)

Weekend Bloggy Reading



  1. says

    It looks great, Jen! I love your gazebo area…such pretty furniture!

    Thank you so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back-I appreciate that!). Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

  2. says

    Amanda, I stop by every day to see what you are up to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And thank you, we love our gazebo area. I might buy a rug for that area this year and make it even more inviting.

    Can't wait to join your Weekend Bloggy Reading party again. They are so fun. Thanks for stopping by and of course I would link back, it's the correct blog thing to do. :)

  3. says

    Tana, thank you for stopping by and thank you for being my latest follower. :) I hope you enjoyed the rest of my blog and I hope you will be back for more. And thanks for the compliment…stay tuned for more makeovers. :)

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