Details, Details, Details….putting together a functional back patio

The heavy lifting for the back yard is over and done with…As previously recorded here, here and here.  I have moved on to pulling the details together to make the area functional.

First up – seating for the fire pit.  I found some wonderful low chairs from Lowe’s and purchased two.  I absolutely love the way they look.

DSCN1651I also purchased 2 Adirondack chairs from Amazon.  They needed to be put together – and I did the first one by myself….took a little while with Jane (First Officer of Destruction) around.  *Cough*…….could have taken me…..*cough*….2 hours…*cough*.  Dave and I teamed up on Saturday and put the other one together in 30 minutes.

DSCN1662 Next up – pulling my patio set from the wwwaaaayyyyyyy back of the shed.  I purchased this set at the end of the season last year and I am so excited to use it all summer.

DSCN1665Two smaller projects – moving the compost we have been ‘making’ to the raised garden (you can see in the above and below picture) and adding in solar lights to the fence.  Dave drilled holes into the 4×4 posts and placed solar lights down the length of the fence.

DSCN1664As a final note – we were able to use the fire pit.  It was a tad bit chilly, but we powered through and it finally feels like spring….even if it did snow the next day 🙂



Scrap Wood…Unite!!

All that scrap wood…..what to do, what to do?  As previously recorded here, here and here – Dave and I have been hard at work putting together our terraces and new fencing.  With all of the fencing up – I am now evaluating the wood scraps that I have left and narrowing down the projects that I would like to do to use them up.

First up – a new address sign for the front of the house.

DSCN1621Let’s get this party started…..those numbers I have been holding on to for about 6 months.  The numbers are from The Hillman Group – 5″ Brushed Nickel Floating Mount.

DSCN1622I used left over 2×4’s and the 3 foot long slats that were remaining from our fence.

DSCN1623I used Behr – Weather Proofing in Redwood as my protector.

DSCN1624The ever helpful numbers came with a stencil with the drill holes marked to make it easy on me.

DSCN1631Awesome!!!!  Incidentally, the stain on the front porch is the same as the address sign.

Second up is less eye catching but is the starting point for my container garden on the lower level terrace.

DSCN1625I built those two planter holders with left over 4×4 posts and 2 3ft slats.  With all of the gravel and only one raised garden planned for this year…..I am planning on pulling together a layered container garden to bring more green to the back yard…….maybe something like this (with more MT friendly plants)


Or this…..

Whew – Top terrace complete

Dave and I are felling very relieved…..all of that manual labor (click here for a recap) is coming to an end.  My gardens are still on the list…..but the largest project of creating the terraces and getting the fence and gravel completed is DONE!!!!  This two week project was a challenge for us – we worked through rain and snow, but the end of the tunnel is here and I am so pleased.

DSCN1620The fire pit will be on this level and I cannot wait to sit down and have a beer.

DSCN1626I am so happy – if you look to the right, there are some flower pot additions to the mix.  I have a large amount of scraps from the fence so I have been working on a few things to use those scraps up and not waste them…..check out the next post for that.

DSCN1627I will now have a fabulous view out my kitchen window.  SOOOO looking forward to having my garden in and reaping the rewards.

More Yard Work….I’m tired

I am going to love my raised gardens….I am going to love my raised gardens.  That has been my mantra all weekend long.  There has been a lot of measuring, cutting, screwing… yourself…I mean fence building 🙂  …… shoveling dirt, and shoveling gravel.

As a reminder here is the totally awesome sketch I did.

DSCN1602After this weekend, we have gravel in 3 out of the 4 terraces.  Here is a recap of the work:

DSCN1608West bottom terrace…Done!   Fence is complete, new gate is up and gravel is in.  (reminder – this is the location on the potential second raised garden)

DSCN1610South bottom terrace…Done!  Fence is done, new gate is up and gravel is in.  (weed barrier still needs to be trimmed)

DSCN1612DSCN1611South top terrace…kinda done.  Those gravel blank spots have been filled in.  The area in the middle is going to be my garden…so that will not be completed and good lookin’ until Memorial Day.  The fence is partially up – all of the concrete anchors are in…major plus.

DSCN1609South top terrace is still on the to do list.   Then the long process of clean up.  Yeah!

It really does come down to how awesome it will be to have this completed.  I cannot wait to have my 2 raised gardens, a fire pit and great fence to keep the mongrels in.

I am going to love my raised gardens….I am going to love my raised gardens.