In reflection to Michele’s fabulous kitchen redo, she inspired me to take on my own project at my house. Michele and I have been on the same page as far as design and what we both think ‘looks good’… have FAITH and don’t judge is what I always say! It will all turn out beautifully in the end.
So for my backyard redo I decided to take apart Michele and Jons old deck that they wanted gone from their backyard. I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I was going to do with it, but I knew that it would come in handy. The outdoor building/shed is what the wood was used for and I couldn’t ask for a better look. Old 2×4’s with nails and screw heads just add to the character. The mix-matched wood that is yes strategically placed flows nicely, and the old windows from Michele and Jons seem fitting and add the right touch. I have a heck of an imagination, and pride myself in the ability to to make something from nothing and do so on a very strict budget. The bar area too was made from the old decking, the bar top from an old shop here in Van Meter that was getting renovated, the decor from flea markets, the beverage dispenser was repurposed, and parts were purchased from a community center that fixes up and resells appliances. The railing, was a nice find that Jon and I salvaged from an abandoned house and re-fabricated for the deck space. The stone work I tackled myself and searched around for the deals… This drove my wife insane having piles and piles of rock and stone in the yard for a few years, but this is how the money is saved. These things don’t happen over night on a budget. All of the plants were bought out of season, they just needed a little TLC initially, but worth it. Another way to save on a project of this caliber is to source out people that can help out. Friends and family will always seem to come over and help if the right beverages are offered!!! And don’t be afraid to trade some work. Outdoor entertaining is something that I really enjoy, and the simple fact that I did not spend a fortune making it all happen makes the whole space more enjoyable.
A little imagination and patience go along way!