BACKYARD MAKEOVER REVEAL

March 10, 2022 51 Comments

BACKYARD MAKEOVER REVEAL

Well, the day has finally come! It’s crazy how some projects take much longer than expected. The important thing is that we made it to the finish line and we are in l-o-v-e with the new backyard.

Before we get to the goods, let’s backtrack and take a look at all of the before photos and gameplan for the space.

Backyard Before

So, these above photos are from May 2019.

Over the next two years, we didn’t exactly prioritize the backyard, but we did make a few upgrades…

  • We got a new white vinyl fence. It was such a gamechanger for privacy.
  • We stained our deck a dark brown.
  • We removed the vegetable garden area and replaced it with rocks.

We lived with that for the past two summers while we dreamed and schemed of all of the cool stuff we could do back there.

Backyard Gameplan

Last winter, we decided that the backyard would be a Spring/Summer 2021 project so we got to work making a gameplan. This was our first time tackling an exterior, so we decided to bring in the pros and hired Yardzen to mock up some renderings of our ideas. Here are their awesome plans…

This was super helpful as we narrowed in on the exact changes we wanted to make and figured out our priorities for the backyard. It was also a great tool to show these images to prospective contractors and landscapers when we were hiring out the project.

These renderings helped us narrow down our ultimate goals for the backyard space…

  • Build a smaller and more open deck area.
  • Add stone so we could utilize the space better.
  • Keep all of the grass in the side yard for the kiddos to play.
  • Create a dining zone and a relaxing zone.
  • Add trees, plants, and greenery!

All of the Projects…

The crew got started in May and demo’ed the backyard completely. They then slowly started to build it back up, putting in a new drainage system, adding the stone, and rebuilding the deck. Here’s a list of all of the blog posts I’ve written this summer outlining the entire experience…

And that brings the backyard makeover reveal. Let’s take a look around.

Backyard Makeover Reveal

It’s kinda hard to believe that this is the backyard. It feels like a fancy restaurant when we sit at that table, or a cool hotel when we lounge on the couch at night. I am over-the-moon happy with how it turned out. It wasn’t easy getting here, but we made it to the finish line.

Plus, we were able to hit all of our goals for the backyard. Let’s review them one by one.

Build an Open Deck Area…Check!

Yep, I’d say we definitely accomplished our goal of creating a more open deck area. Now, these wide stairs go all the way down to the patio and it doesn’t feel as closed off as before.

The deck itself, isn’t huge and that’s exactly what we wanted. We’d rather have more patio space for our large outdoor table than an awkwardly sized deck that no one uses.

Add Stone…Check!

We add stone back here! Before, it was all grass, which was fine, but it wasn’t very functional. I’m so happy that we opted for these pavers. It makes the space much more useable.

Even though we had a fairly large yard before, we didn’t have a spot for a large outdoor dining table. This is my favorite part of having a backyard…eating dinners (or really any meal!) outside.


It took a bit of time to arrive, but our table and chairs finally came in and they’re fantastic! The table officially seats six, but we could easily fit up to eight out here – and we have! I made sure to protect the new teak table by sealing it and you can find that full tutorial right here.


And I’ve gotta mention the new outdoor TV which really makes the dining experience even better!

Adding stone to the side of the garage was also a great call. Before, it was a grassy mud pit that was really tough to mow because the slope was all off. Now, it’s another useable space for a family.

Keep Grass in the Side Yard…Check!

Because we were adding so much stone back here, it was extra important for us to keep the side yard full of grass. This is the ideal spot to splash in a baby pool or water table and to just run all around.

Add Trees & Greenery…Check!

It’s still wild that our 100-year-old home had zero trees on the property. Not one! We ended up adding five trees, plus lots of plants, bushes, and flowers. It feels nice to actually have some greenery out here!

Patio at Night

Ahhh, the backyard makeover reveal… They make any outdoor patio feel magical.

Between these string lights and the solar lights on the fence, we have more than enough lighting out here!

And here’s a shot of TV, tuned to a favorite show.

The back corner, cozy area is dark and moody at night! We just have the glow from the lanterns and the lights on the solar fence and it’s perfect.

What’s Next?

Nothing. Ha! Well, at least nothing else during 2021. I’m sure we’ll be eager to get back out here next spring and personalize this space more with DIY projects. We’ve discussed adding a trellis to the right of the TV to bring in some height and greenery. We’ve also discussed adding a long row of thin planters behind the couch.



51 Responses

Bait
Bait

March 17, 2022

Beautiful decorative addition

mid Michigan
mid Michigan

March 13, 2022

This is the best Patio Umbrella I have ever had!

Melissa Lemon Evers
Melissa Lemon Evers

March 13, 2022

This was a great buy. Sturdy, big, awesome sun coverage.

M. Zajic
M. Zajic

March 13, 2022

This umbrella does all it should. It is a great quality at an amazingly low price. I have it up now for a month and it has survived winds and storms without being cranked down.

L. Stevens
L. Stevens

March 13, 2022

I love it! What a beautiful decorative addition to my patio…

greenbow
greenbow

March 13, 2022

I compared many umbrellas in our local shops, and would not purchase them. I mainly purchased this umbrella for the UV factor – protects very well.

Fred
Fred

March 13, 2022

I like the quality. The pole is better quality than most and the overall product is excellent. Shipping was super fast, well and pkged.

Valeria
Valeria

March 13, 2022

Attractive umbrella, arrived quickly and easy 1 step set up.

April Johnson
April Johnson

March 13, 2022

We have 2 of these umbrellas. One for our table and one in the pool. They work great! Super easy to assemble, provides great sun protection and looks good to.

Seagrl
Seagrl

March 13, 2022

I was worried about finding a good quality fabric and a sturdy pole. This is being used in my swimming pool. I was pleased when I opened the box and found the fabric wasn’t thin and didn’t look cheap. The pole is sturdy and not too heavy.

Tante Emma
Tante Emma

March 13, 2022

Very pleased with this umbrella, which is a replacement for another brand that fell apart before it was even put together!

ChaseK
ChaseK

March 13, 2022

Used this all summer, loved it – was super essential in our backyard with no shade.

Tagifras
Tagifras

March 13, 2022

Great huge umbrella for the price. Crank gear seems solid and seems to work smooth. Tilt function seems a little gimmicky.

Weekend Woodbutcher
Weekend Woodbutcher

March 13, 2022

Wanted an umbrella I could use both with our patio table as well as a portable base so I can move it around while working on outdoor projects. This umbrella fits the bill perfectly.

Tara
Tara

March 13, 2022

Before buying this one in particular I did a lot of research, and looking around for a good quality (and decently priced) outdoor umbrella for my backyard table. I really needed one during that time too because I was having a lot of outdoor parties, and it was very hot last summer so I wanted an umbrella that would do a good job at keeping everyone cooled off… At least somewhat cooled off. This umbrella did the job! I’ve had no problems with it so far, and I even forgot to put it away this year during the rainy/windy season (oops); however it’s still holding up really well. It may look a little more faded now (FYI I picked the forest green color) just from it getting wet, and then drying up in the sun, but other then that its working out great!

Cookie
Cookie

March 13, 2022

I needed shade for our backyard since every tree we planted back there has died. The umbrella works nice.

Toria Burrell
Toria Burrell

March 13, 2022

This was just what I was looking for, for our back deck! I’m glad I got the smaller one – the 7.5ft umbrella.

CBD
CBD

March 13, 2022

7.5 ft true to size …right size for small space that has lots of afternoon/evening sun …easy push button tilt with crank made it the right choice…color beige matched decor perfectly…sturdy… appears well made …would recommend

BRUCE R.
BRUCE R.

March 13, 2022

This is a nice, well-made umbrella. We’ve had it on our patio for six months and use it every day. The pole, crank, ribs and fabric look as good as the day we got it. Unfortunately, last week the pivot failed (the part that allows us to tilt the umbrella).

Scott
Scott

March 13, 2022

Putting this patio umbrella to use for the first time was very simple and straightforward – just get the base in, twist the top on, crank it open and press the tilt “button” (for lack of a better word) if you need to, and you’re good to go.

Danny
Danny

March 13, 2022

Absolutely beautiful! I have purchased 2of these patio Umbrellas. I live in Phoenix AZ and the sun never stops shinning bright.

Aron
Aron

March 13, 2022

Wow, looks incredible!!I bought a patio umbrella in this store. It works well. Holds up to strong wind, rain, snow.

Anna
Anna

March 13, 2022

LOVE STORY.Provided privacy, also perfect shade from Direct Sun. Easy to install, very durable. It also has waterproof fence privacy screen.

Amy
Amy

March 13, 2022

I love this!! It has given us so much more privacy than before. I do wish it would not be somewhat see through (mainly in the sun) so I just bought another one to double up.

Maritza
Maritza

March 13, 2022

Bought some fence privacy screen for our privacy fence behind our pool. Installed the shade from post to post securing it with washers and screws. Added great privacy plus the neighbors behind us can’t see over the fence into the pool or backyard.

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 13, 2022

Great privacy!It is for my small deck on my apartment. My dog uses a fake turf grass patch on my small deck and I wanted some privacy when she was going to the bathroom from the busy street below and it works great! We have Gail force winds at least weekly where I live and it has stayed put the past two months!

Burgh
Burgh

March 13, 2022

Great result! Thanks for the tip. Just ordered some for myself!

Aimee
Aimee

March 13, 2022

Wow, that small space turned into cozy space! The privacy cover and the plants and the lights made the space looked so different. So beautiful and inspiring. Super love your projects!

DAKS
DAKS

March 13, 2022

Great! Thank you for sharing

Lisa
Lisa

March 13, 2022

What a cute couple !!! I love this transformation. Awesome job !!

Carol
Carol

March 13, 2022

i really loved this. This layout is so similar to mine, really inspired me. thanks!

Rancis
Rancis

March 13, 2022

I love it! I want tile and grass because I want a mini play area and I was wondering how to style them.

Mani
Mani

March 13, 2022

You guys are adorable and this was so crafty!!!

Jas Smith
Jas Smith

March 13, 2022

Love the updates! And thanks for telling us, it’s very helpful!!

Dianne
Dianne

March 13, 2022

Looks great! Love the greenery it makes the balcony look bigger.

Tallud
Tallud

March 13, 2022

Amazing. We are moving into a similar place in LA and I love your ideas. I will be using them to decorate my balcony space to make it cozy!!!

Greyymatter
Greyymatter

March 13, 2022

Ah this is so helpful! Because I’m moving downtown Toronto next month I wanted to do deck out my patio so the tips u gave was so helpful!!!

DeJ
DeJ

March 13, 2022

This looks amazing! you guys did a great job. I’m planning on utilizing these tips

Sandhya
Sandhya

March 13, 2022

Wow u nailed it. Its so calm and serene and looks so peacefull there. Absolutely loved this makeover.

Aria
Aria

March 13, 2022

Loved it! Will use this as inspiration for my daughter’s patio makeover.

Atiya
Atiya

March 13, 2022

I love this can’t wait to upgrade my balcony!

Aman
Aman

March 13, 2022

Wow this looks amazing! Makes me really want a balcony now. You really transformed it into such a cute spot!

Marc
Marc

March 13, 2022

Nice makeover design looks really calm, and relaxing.

Myles
Myles

March 13, 2022

What a lovely oasis you’ve created! Enjoy!

Kara
Kara

March 13, 2022

So gorgeous! This is better than any swanky restaurant outdoor seating too!

Tracey Gendron
Tracey Gendron

March 13, 2022

What a great idea.

Mary
Mary

March 11, 2022

This is great. I’m using it as a chicken fence to keep out free-range chickens off our deck. Holding up well in the NW winter; seems pretty sturdy and has lots of grommets to keep it supported across the deck

Maritza
Maritza

March 11, 2022

Bought some fence privacy screen for our privacy fence behind our pool. Installed the shade from post to post securing it with washers and screws. Added great privacy plus the neighbors behind us can’t see over the fence into the pool or backyard.

Mic
Mic

March 11, 2022

My patio faced the sidewalk and parking lot. Every time someone walked by or got out of their car they looked into my apartment. My screened in patio had a ceiling height of 10’ so I tried several ways to gain privacy. ie drapes, rollup shades, sheets, etc. Nothing worked until I discovered LOVE STORY Balcony Privacy Screen. People cannot see in but I still can see out. It perfect for me and I still get light from the open area and it blocks the sun on the bottom. Love, love, it.

Amanda
Amanda

March 11, 2022

Looks amazing! Makes me really want a balcony now. You really transformed it into such a cute spot!

Diana
Diana

March 11, 2022

Wow! This is an incredible after! I love how private your fences make it, those certainly change things. As well as all the changes you’ve made since then but the fence is really what struck me as being so different from our yard. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it a lot before winter kicks in!

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