Hey friends, I know it’s been a while since the patio actually went in, but I wanted to finally share it now that we put a couple of chairs on it and actually enjoyed it for the first time last week!
Note: these photos were taken a few weeks ago, before we got Covid-19. It’s so beautifully autumnal back there now!
This was step one in the process of having a dreamy deck and patio, and the new concrete has made it very clear that we need a new deck (lol), but we’re absolutely in love with our new pathway and patio!
A New Concrete Patio
For context, we’re getting rid of our front door and making this side door the new front entrance to our house. This is going to make our living room make a lot more sense, but since the side didn’t have a path leading to it, we had to have a pathway so you would feel that this is our front door now.
We made it a little wider close to the driveway with a curve to feel very welcoming. (New driveway coming soon!)
The patio itself is about 13×16, a custom size that just felt right with the size of our house and our backyard. We wanted to be sure that the patio still felt cozy, but was roomy enough to have a sectional or a pair of outdoor sofas.
The whole thing has an 8 inch darker grey border and we had them cut this offset square pattern into the patio part. I love the subtle pattern and the way it almost looks like a rug, it makes it feel like a real room.
Decorating Our Patio
This is definitely not the type of post with a perfectly styled “after” to look at. We’re very much in the first phase of this project, but that also didn’t mean we could start creating the vision with baby steps.
We’re still looking for the right sofa(s), and we will wait until next year because we’re not finding anything we love and, frankly, want to save up. In the meantime, my mom is letting us borrow an outdoor sofa that she doesn’t use much from her.
So, we started with that foundation on the patio last week and ended up sitting out there most nights. This sofa is very comfortable!
A fire feature was necessary to keep it cozy out here on chilly evenings, but the one we wanted was backordered. We ended up ordering a budget friendly one for now that we’ll probably swap out later. We also want to buy a fire coffee table but haven’t found the right one yet.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, for steaming hot days, I got an umbrella to provide a little bit of shade. We might need to get a second one or even build a pergola someday, but for now, especially since it’s getting cool here, I wanted to try this.
Finally, I added some lanterns out here to help it feel decorated while still being outdoor-friendly. I’m planning to pop citronella candles in them when we’re hosting parties again someday.
As I mentioned, this is just step one, but it’s such an exciting one! Next up is getting the deck re-covered with a wood-look composite decking and expanded about 6 more feet. It will come right up to the concrete for a seamless outdoor living experience.
Side note: We’ve heard that decking prices are WAY up thanks to the pandemic, because everyone is home rebuilding their decks. So, we will probably actually wait until next year to do the deck. We’re going to quote it out and decide. If anyone has advice, let me know!
I truly can’t wait to see it all together!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments or over on Instagram.
- Umbrella (So budget friendly, but keeps selling out!)
- Peacock Chairs (Sold out, similar here and here).
- Log Holder
- Rocking Chairs (I painted them here)