Last week, I showed you around the exterior of my home and talked about some projects I want to complete this summer. Since searching the Internet for beautiful images (Thank you, Pinterest.) has become a favorite hobby, today I wanted to talk a little bit about the deck project I’m planning for the back of my house.
As I explained, I have an area in the back of my house that’s just screaming for a little love and attention. With basically no yard, I want to take advantage of this space and turn it into a little outdoor oasis. While I have a side porch which is great for chilling, I need a place to keep a grill, have a little fire, catch some rays, entertain, etc. As you can imagine, a porch isn’t perfect for all of these things.
So, here’s the plan.
While I could probably manage to build a deck myself with the help of family and friends, it’s just not a project I want to handle. I’ve been stashing away some cash for a few years for this project so I decided to hire out the service. The deck will be made of wood and stained. (Stain color TBD.) It will sit as low to the ground as possible. I may not even need a step. I’m thinking it will look something like this.
Image Source: Seed Landscapes
Closest to the neighbors, I’m going to have a privacy wall installed. Again, I love my neighbors, but I’m one of those introverts who just wants to be tucked away alone sometimes. I’m going for a more modern looking wall – something like the picture below.
Image Source: Roundabout Studio
I’m going to wrap a small step around the back of my little shed since the doors sit a bit high and my makeshift step is clearly not cutting it.
Speaking of the shed, I have this dream to change the siding to black wood. I’ve been seeing it everywhere, and I’m obsessed.
Image Source: Remodelista
There is nothing wrong with the siding that I have, so I can’t justify making the switch right now, but I think it would look really great. I may check into it as a possible DIY, but I need to do some research first. What do you think?
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As you can tell, these doors and trim definitely need to be painted. I’ll paint the cinderblocks at the base of the shed as well.
I haven’t given furnishing and decor too much thought, but I do have a few things in mind. First, some hanging string lights are a must. I’m really digging this particular style. I like the way they hang and that they are commercial grade. I feel like they would last much longer.
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Secondly, I want to include a fire feature. I’m not sure if it’s the same in other places, but having campfires in the summer is a big deal around these parts. While I can’t have a traditional fire on a wood deck, I’m thinking something similar to this vintage metal fireplace would be perfect. It wouldn’t take up too much space and would keep the fire contained.
Image Source: Damsel in Dior
Once the deck is in place, I’ll look into patio furniture. I have some pieces that I may want to move around, including a patio table on my porch. I’m thinking about making the porch a little cozier by moving the table and chair set to the deck. We shall see. Obviously, some greenery and flowers are a must as well. Some hanging planter would be awesome for the privacy wall.
So, that’s the plan. What do you think? I’m certainly excited about it.
Oh, and before I go for the day, I wanted to show you one more thing. Do you remember a LONG time ago when I planted an apple tree in the driveway (I literally dug a whole through the blacktop.) and trained it to grow like an espalier? It has done so well over the years. I’m amazed. While I probably need to update the lattice work, the tree is thriving this year and is full of blossoms. Normally, I get two to three apples, but this year with all the blossoms, I’m hoping for a lot more.
Pretty cool, right? If you are interested in learning a bit more about how this $20 tree from Walmart turned into this amazing tree, please check out the post here.
That’s a wrap for today.