We’ve been working on transforming our back yard and I wanted to share our covered patio inspiration and plans with you!
Confession: I’m not outdoorsy.
Like – at all!
There is a short window of time where I LOVE being outside, but all the stars must align for me to want to be outside.
However – that is slowly changing. Let me show you why.
So, that’s a lot of orange and brown, right there!
This is our covered patio.
It sits just under our sunroom.
This is how it looked when we moved in, but we gave it a bit of an update this past year after Limewashing our Exterior brick.
It brightened up the area, but that milk chocolate brown is not my favorite color.
The deck is built really well, but there are a few issues.
To begin with, mold. I’m really allergic.
There are so many leaves trapped under this deck from years and years of autumn’s beauty.
But my nose, doesn’t quite like it.
Secondly, there is a concrete pad under that deck. It doesn’t make sense to step up onto the deck and then step down to exit.
So, I’ve drawn some covered patio inspiration and plans for this space to make it one that I will enjoy.
Covered Patio Inspiration and Plans
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I love how relaxing this looks. We definitely want an area where we can sit and lounge. The neutral colors with hints of black make this perfection!
Emily from Eleven Gables is so very talented and has a stunning home. I love the combo of neutrals and natural colors with hints of vintage charm on this patio.
Serena and Lily for the win! This driftwood inspired patio reminds me of a beach vacation just begging to sit and rest for a while. I love the light and airy look!
Liz from Love Grows Wild has such a gorgeous home and she is always inspired me! Her back deck is no exception. I can’t stop pouring over all the details!
This is a gorgeous patio from Nashville Builder Castle Homes. I love the weathered grey mixed with fresh wicker. And that concrete patio has me swooning.
I love the black and white combo of this look. We hope to keep our black gliders, but want to create an area that we can sit and relax.
Similar to the pic above, this porch has the neutrals that I love along with the pops of black. This is my favorite color scheme so far.
Isn’t this space so cozy? I love how it feels like the indoors have been extended to the patio. I also love the option of having a table to eat at.
Everything has been light and bright so far, but I am also digging this deep gray wicker paired with the white cushions. Definitely a scroll stopper.
So as you can see, we have lots of great inspo to pull from, but you know me and you know I’m all about pinching pennies, so it has to be budget friendly.
Here’s how we plan to do it!
- Remove the old deck
- Pressure wash the old concrete
- Wrap the pillars in cedar
- Paint the existing stairs and rails going up to the sunroom
- Build a trellis wall
- Create a built in for our grill and Big Green Egg
- Build a pergola for the grill area
- Install a ceiling fan and lights above the grill
- Buy affordable outdoor sofa and replacement cushions for our existing wicker chairs.
Total aside: There’s a second part to this project, but I’m not including it because it’s a bit lofty. We would love to take the old decking and build a floating deck in the back yard complete with a fire pit, but like I said, that may not happen this year.
Well that’s a start! We have already begun a little of the deck demo removing a railing or two, but we are eager to get down to business!
Since this is going to be our summer project, we are going to enjoy ourselves and take our time.
The goal is to have this finished by fall so we can welcome in the crisp fall air with a nice evening on the patio. And by installing a ceiling fan, I think I will enjoy this space a lot more!
I hope you follow along with us. We will be sure to share all the behind the scenes over on instagram, so you don’t miss out!