Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch.
We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1200. Here’s how we did it:
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Those balmy summer nights will soon be replaced with the briskness of autumn, but that doesn’t mean your al fresco evenings are numbered. Even as the weather cools down, you can turn up the volume on that patio ambiance for year-round entertaining, relaxation, and quintessential curb appeal. Get some ideas from this roundup of DIY pointers for creating your end-of-summer backyard oasis!Image courtesy of Pallet Furniture DIY 1. Wooden Pallet Walkway
Create a charmingly rustic and down-to-earth vibe by transforming wooden pallets into a garden walkway, lined with foliage or decorative rocks. Find various boards of discarded reclaimed wood and arrange them horizontally in your [...]
For some people, gardening and landscaping comes naturally. There is a joy to be had in working the soil, being out in the fresh air, and taking the time to plan a beautiful yard, then getting to watch it grow and mature. For others, working out in the yard is more of a chore. But regardless of your motivation, take heart in the knowledge that a well-designed and maintained landscape can add significant value to your home, reduce water usage, regulate the temperature inside your home, reduce noise, shorten the time your property stays on the market when selling, control erosion, improve privacy, reduce your stress levels, and ultimately even reduce the amount of time needed for yard [...]
I’m not sure why the idea of cleaning off the deck makes me want to break out into song. Something along the lines of “That Good ‘Ole Summertime.” Maybe it’s because nothing says summer like backyard picnics under the stars, and the smell of grilling hamburgers goes perfectly with the chirping of crickets. We use our back deck all summer long. But before the deck can start to party, it has to get a little refresh and renewing before we can send out the invites. Here are some of my tips to get your back deck party ready.1. Start by clearing everything off the deck
We have a wood deck and vinyl siding on the exterior of our home, so we start the whole deck [...]