Friday, August 12, 2011

Days in the Yard

When we moved to the Rental, the yard looked like this.

We first started with some lawn repair and mulching the back under the trees.

We repaired the fence and built a planter around this random plant with left over cinder blocks

I love to hang outside with the kids so we decided to put a patio in.
The patio had to be something removable in case the owners wanted it gone when we leave.
This is what we came up with.

We removed the odd lack of flower bed and framed out a large 8 X 10 rectangle with 2 X 4's, using L shaped brackets to hold it in place.

We filled the frame with pea gravel, over filling slightly.

We also collected random bricks through-out the yard and made a wall to cover the air conditioning unit.  YES, there were that many random bricks !

We saved the grass for sodding the empty spots in the yard.

I purchased an 8 X 10 outdoor rug and covered the top of the pea gravel.

I purchased the umbrella at Walmart (I'm not totally happy with the size of it) but I know we will move again in 18 months, I didn't want to purchase something really expensive that wouldn't work in the next house.

I plan to pressure wash the bricks but I need to wait for the kiddos to get back into school.

So here it is one more time

The whole project cost about 375.00 dollars and ONE day of work, SO worth it !

Thanks for looking ;)

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  1. Fabulous transformation. It looks like a great spot to sit and relax. Welcome to blogland. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love it! It's amazing what something so small can do to transform space!

  3. Phenomenal idea! I absolutely love it! I am a new follower...glad I found you! :)

  4. GREAT Job!

    I'd love for you to share your idea on my link party...hope to see you there!

  5. Hi there! Just found your blog through Kristin's and have had so much fun looking through your posts. :-) I was especially impressed with the new floors you put in since I am wanting to do that in our home too! Your new "patio" looks so fantastic and that was such a great idea. We would love to have you share it at our Inspiration Friday linky party going on right now!

  6. Looks wonderful!! What a beautiful patio you have now! I love outdoor projects and entertaining! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday!!

  7. Visiting from Kristin's. You have a beautiful home. Following you, looking forward to upcoming posts. Diane

  8. Such a simple solution anyone can do, but it makes a huge impact. I think your landlord would want to keep it. It looks really good and would be a great selling point!

  9. Thank you for the wonderful comments !!

  10. What a great idea! I never woulda thought of doing that! It looks great! Now u have such a great outdoor space. Ur landlord should be thankful to have such a good tennant........Bonnie

  11. Hi there~ just popping back over to say thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday this week! :)

  12. What a clever, movable patio!

  13. PLUS it's all moveable! Looks great and you get to enjoy that big nice yard. Super idea! Lori L


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