Guess where I’m sitting this very minute?
It’s been a long 3 weeks since deck demolition and the start of our backyard renovation. Actually, it’s been almost torturous thanks to contractor ‘issues’. I found it tough to have 3 kids, and no backyard to play in when they are entirely used to spending so much time out there.
We’ve had to get creative each day: lemonade stands out front, bike riding and playing in the front driveway, and long walks with park visits in the neighbourhood.
I try and make the most of each Summer, and that means enjoying the outdoors as often as possible. With no back yard for a good portion of the month of July, we’ve had to get out and take in local activities on a daily basis. Which is a great thing since we’ve had so much fun. Yet, I just wanted my own outdoor space already!
Well, the day is finally here! I’m thrilled to be posting this new deck reveal!
A generous 10 concrete piles underneath for support, this deck will last lifetimes. Rainbow washed rocks underneath for a nice finish and also provides storage in the Winter.
Before, our deck was old and way too small for our family of 5. Not to mention the stairs were too steep and the two pilings weren’t the best choice for stability.
Now, it’s bigger, more functional and provides space for us to enjoy yet also gives us more room when entertaining. We chose Trex materials for the decking and railing, for durability and low-maintenance. Not a frugal decision in materials, yet a smart investment since we’ll never have to upkeep or maintain.
The color of the decking compliments the house and rock rock while the railing is a great match for the flagstone slabs at the base of the stairs. From house to yard, it all flows in materials and color.
Take another look at our before photos and the after – see how the color jumps out at you? I didn’t realize how drab and boring our deck was before. Now, all the colors mesh and compliment, right now to the greens found on the deck and in the yard. Astounding!
I was giddy beyond words to finally set out our new furnishings, thanks to The Home Depot.
As I mentioned in my ‘Before’ post, the HAMPTON BAY Westbury 4-Person Adjustable Conversation Set is so versatile. You can use this one set to make 4 chairs, 2 loveseats or a ‘U’ pattern like we did with ours. I love that we can configure this set differently down the road, with no need for a whole new patio set.
For those needing a new conversation set themselves, take note: this one is currently $300 off at The Home Depot! Plus, the additional chairs are on sale too, it’s a great deal, Canadians!
HAMPTON BAY Westbury 2-Pack Adjustable Conversation Chairs are sold separately from the 4-piece set, which we configured to make a love-seat in addition to our sectional couch.
I set this all up myself in record time. It’s so easy to put together, no matter which configuration you choose. The frame is a strong a durable iron, able to withstand the elements and much use.
The color of the cushions is a red-orange, so plush and soft. The entire look is maximizes our space, yet provides a chic and attractive space just for us. I’m not sure which made me smile more, when our contractor said ‘we’re finished’ or the first time I sat down and melted into the cushions.
Next year I’ll get flowers to coordinate the cushion color, yet the greenery and beauty of petals really make a nice touch to the space. The little geranium that my daughter picked out, which rests on the iron coffee table to the Westbury set, makes the color pop and adds warmth to the sturdy table. Can I just say yet again how eye-catching this space as compared to Before?!
Our new extra-large deck box will be used for cushion storage yet will provides additional casual seating if need be. I also have new little stackable plastic tables to use with the love-seat when the need arises. So, it’s functional for just us, but with a few moves it can be used for a larger gathering.
Our deck is also home to a Broil Mate 5-Burner Natural Gas Barbecue, purchased for a steal at The Home Depot last fall. It’s been the best BBQ we’ve ever owned, massive and fierce when it comes to grilling.
When not in use, the black BBQ cover matches the entire look.
Our finished deck is also a celebration in finally being able to BBQ again. Oh how I’ve missed a grilled meal, the scents of neighbours BBQing these past few weeks almost killed me!
The first full day of completion, I sat back on my new conversation set with a Sangria in hand. I could not stop staring at my little backyard oasis. Kids playing happily in the background, I was able to mute them out and just soak in the Summer sun and find my zen. Later, friends came over for a BBQ, the best celebration of Summer.
If you need us, we’ll be here in the outdoor space we all love so much. Spending time with family and cherishing another sunny season with the kids.
Bring it on Summer, from relaxing to entertaining, this space is more perfect than I imagined. It’s our perfect backyard oasis!
Disclosure: Home Depot Canada provided the conversation set for review.
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