Today marks the beginning of one of the best weeks of the year... another round of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours! I've participated in this series for several years, and it's seriously always a favorite. If you found your way here from Eclectically Vintage, welcome! Many thanks to my sweet friend Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. for inviting my to be part of this tour once again.
Almost exactly a year ago, we started the process of a big patio makeover. The major work wrapped up earlier this Spring, but it took me a little while to get everything just how I wanted it, and I wanted everything to be pretty and green outside, so I thought today would be the perfect day to show you around our new outdoor living space. Links to all of the posts in the patio makeover series, as well as all sources are listed at the end of this post.
Here's where we started out (it's cleared off for demo here, but this is how it used to look furnished). Other than overgrown landscaping and a past due pergola, it was a great space. However, we wanted to make the area larger and expand the covered roof. The flooring was brick, which I loved, but it was also split level so we gave up the brick in order to have a large cohesive slab that was all one level.
After months of planning and construction, here it is all finished!
We just about doubled the square footage and added on to the roof to allow for more of the area to be protected from the elements. We really have 3 different zones- a living area, a dining area, and an open area that isn't covered.
I think the fireplace is my husbands favorite addition- he builds a fire no matter the weather, but it's especially nice on cool mornings and evenings.
A pierced brick half wall between the fireplace and the house creates a little cubby for the grill. We also have a faucet up on the patio, so the holes in the brick wall allow us to feed the hose through that side rather than dragging it across the patio.
This post is so photo heavy, please click over to see the rest of the tour!
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I found this awesome vintage swing a few weeks ago. We love it because it's easy to move around wherever we want to use it. Yesterday as he was sitting in it, my son said "Mom, thanks for getting this chair." ;) #score #momwin
Where the old pergola used to be, now we have a completely covered dining area.
I just planted everything in these pots over the weekend. I'm looking forward to them filling out and trailing down the sides.
We have already been using the space well. We've hosted several gatherings of family and friends, and we are out there daily. It was and will be worth every penny of the investment we've made!
The Fireplace || Posts and Mantel
Be sure to follow along with the rest of the tours this week, too! I can't wait to see the inspiration overload!