When I moved into my house, my back “yard” was in a sorry state. A previous owner had poured concrete where there was probably once some grass. The rusted fence and abandoned ladders were the only ornamentation. (Do you recognize a certain four-legged someone in the second picture below?)
I have grand plans to put an addition on the back of the house, so I don’t want to put a lot of time, money, and/or effort into landscaping the back patio until I have a better sense of what’s going to happen to the back of the house. But obviously I had to do something with the back to make it a space where I would want to spend time.
So I had a temporary deck built, planted some trees and shrubs, and got some furniture and great cushions. I’m super happy with the overall result, given the minimal investment on my part, though–like the rest of the house–it continues to evolve. My latest and greatest ideas are to stain the deck a fun color or to have a couple of pieces of old metal furniture painted PINK. And when I look at that concrete slab, in my mind, I already see a lovely brick patio . . . .
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.