Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Patio Reveal

Hi Everyone! I know I have posted quite a bit about our new patio/outdoor living area this spring/summer - showing you the progress here & there.  Finally, the project is basically complete (at least this year's phase) and we are enjoying it immensely! I thought today was a good day to do an actual "reveal."
So, let's start at the beginning - or a least the point where I remembered to take pictures! This was the view outside my kitchen door before demo began. This pic was taken on one of the days we were dismantling our old Target gazebo and moving everything off the patio so demo could start. Last fall, we took down our swimming pool - we just weren't using it very often anymore.  This left us a sandy patch in our backyard over the winter.  This was filled in and seeded, but in the next year or two we plan on doing something fun in this space - just not sure what that will be yet.  Perhaps a water feature. Out of landscaping $$$ for this year though, so a little grass seed will go a long way! You can read about the construction process here, here, and here.
After a month or so of views like this....

....a totally awesome pavilion and patio area emerged!
We were excited to have our super cool Green Bay Packer brick installed in our bar area floor. You can read more about that here.

We had a cedar & slate tile topped serving bar with privacy fence installed for entertaining - love it and have put it to good use several times this summer. 

We had a second serving bar/potting bench built near the grilling area too. The pink plastic wicker basket holds the dogs outdoor toys in style.


We also have a cedar & tile topped main bar (that you see covered in most of the pics with a canvas cover to protect from the elements) that seats about 10-12 when fully extended.  We love it and it is absolutely gorgeous! We actually bought it at the Wisconsin State Fair about five years ago - Mr.Bluebird loves it  more than me a lot! Lol!  (Now that I have listed our three bars (!) I feel like I might have a problem! Lol!) We do like our bars. (We are from Wisconsin, you know!)

When you first enter our backyard from the street, you pass through an arbor and are met by a fountain and a seat wall with a little sitting arrangement. I picked up the chairs at Pier 1 and I purchased the garden stool for a steal ($29.99) at Marshalls.  I saw the same one the other day for $59.99 - so I guess timing is every thing!  I love this little area. (Ignore the messy pile of wood scraps in the right corner of the picture - we are planning to burn them up in our firepit soon!)

On the opposite side we have a little area with a retaining wall.  I planted zinnias for this summer, but plan on planting something permanent eventually - just not sure what, so I am taking my time! Love the monogrammed outdoor PB pillow - it was on sale, monogramming was FREE, and I had a $10 coupon.  Hooray - with my savings I bought two of their striped outdoor pillows.  The mini chimnea can (and has) burn real wood, but I placed a large flameless candle on a timer in it this year so we can enjoy "the look" every night. See the cool plastic mason jar with the straw? Love those glasses - picked them up at WalMart for under $5.00 each.  Perfect for my drink of choice - Diet Dr. Pepper (surprised, aren't you? since this is a house with so many bars!!!).

As you can see, the grass by the pool is coming in quite nicely.....we still have some landscaping to do up closer to the patio.  This is my new look outside the kitchen door.  Much better!

Our landscaper made a screen for our AC unit - oh happy day! It makes a nice backdrop for our grilles.  Here you can see our existing arbor that you would pass through to enter our backyard.

The pavilion is sheathed with douglas fir on the inside - gorgeous, especially at night with the light on. The outdoor fan came from Home Depot and was $136.00 with free shipping.  Love! And I spent months trying to find just the right one.  I think this is perfect for us! The wires you see in the right corner are for our outdoor speakers, which weren't installed when this pic was taken.

 This is the view from the second floor.  Mr. Bluebird installed the roof himself on Memorial Day weekend. I love that metal roof! You can see our cute little garden shed in back.

Another view from upstairs - this one showing our existing firepit that we decided to keep. It looks like it is filled with flowers, but they are actually hanging from the rafter of the pavilion.

 And lastly, a pic from our 4th of July party.  We brought out our popcorn maker, whipped up some icy cold lemonade and fruity Sangria and had a great time with family & friends.  I know we will host many more parties out here in the future and just the time we have spent eating every day meals or hanging out has been priceless this summer.


So there you have it - the patio reveal!!! I have many other home projects in the works, none of which are close to completion.  I do have a kitchen floor post coming up soon that is both sad & funny! Stay tuned!

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  1. Oh Jane, I knew it would be amazing! What a great space you have. I see many more outdoor parties in your future!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for the kind words - we feel so lucky to have such a great space.

  3. It is gorgeous- absolutely gorgeous. What a fun place to hang out. xo Diana

  4. Thanks Diana - we are enjoying it tons!!!

  5. It's worked out well, now you have a place to hang out even in wet weather.

  6. What a great reveal...oh my goodness it's so pretty!
    I like the color red you chose as accent. Red is my favorite color so it's perfect.
    Thanks so much for the tour.

  7. Looks like the perfect place to relax and have fun!

  8. WOW it is wonderful. You will have lots of good times on that!

  9. Now THIS is a patio!! It looks amazing! Love the little area with the red chairs :)

  10. Wow! What a wonderful patio! Now that is magazine worthy! I love it!I know that you will enjoy it for many years.

  11. Wow, that looks wonderful! Gorgeous patio pavers and pavillion

  12. Oh my goodness, this is fabulous. What a wonderful outdoor area, I love it. I would love a kitchen, and yours is amazing. Hugs, Marty

  13. Hi Jane! Your outdoor space is just beautiful. What marvelous areas you've got. I love the little bar area against the house and your pavilion is spectacular. I love it all. Thank you so much for poppign in to see m.e
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. So pretty! I love what you have did to your backyard, love the red and the chairs from Pier 1.
    Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate it!

  15. What a beautiful job you have done! It looks fantastic. I'm sure you will enjoy it for many years.

    I am your newest follower.


  16. Now that's what I call a successful makeover, plus a nice touch of Packer Pride tucked in for good measure! There's still some work left to be done, but even at this state, you can be proud of your work. Keep us updated on changes you guys are cooking up!
    Tiffany Fields @ PoolsNMoreOfCoralSprings.com

  17. A patio is always a good addition to any home. It creates a space where you can relax, or have a joyous moment with your family and friends. This project may cause a lot of hard work, but looking at the reveal, you must be quite satisfied and very proud of the results. I hope you’re able to enjoy your patio often. Cheers!

    Joanne Henry @ Tranquility Pools