We’re taking on another outdoor project this spring, and it’s going to be amazing! Here’s our backyard patio makeover project design.
As I was sitting here trying to think of when we first built our backyard patio, I actually had to go way back and search here on the blog. I initially went to my phone and started swiping through years of photos trying to find the ones dedicated to building the patio and firepit. But, natch, I went down a rabbit hole of photo memories and I almost forgot what I was searching for in the first place.
Happens to the best of us.
This project was one of my earliest blog posts that I wrote about, and the first of many home projects that we have done here on the 1820. Like many of the projects we’ve done here, there’s always one or two that, as we’ve lived with in time, found a few issues with the design that didn’t really occur to us initially. Our backyard patio design is one of them. You can find the first patio design post, HERE!
Our main goal was to have a firepit and a larger area to entertain a group of friends and family. An area that would accommodate a few tables and a sitting area as well. The issue that didn’t occur to us at the time is that this area is full sun all day long. We sit out there and basically bake. It’s not pleasurable for anyone, so our temporary solution was to pitch awnings and those tents without sides – whatever they’re called. We picked one up here and one up there; one is red and one is navy. It looked terrible, really. For someone that prides herself in honing in on all of the fine details of entertaining, the tent hodgepodge wasn’t cutting it.
So, I dedicated a lot of thought into a new design plan for our backyard patio, and I’ve come up with a great one, and one that everyone can enjoy and not get blinded or blistered by the sun.
Our Backyard Patio Makeover Project Design
My new design plan calls for a pergola. One with clean cut lines and corners; not a curvy overhang. I would like a modern design pergola to counter-balance our 203-year-old house. One with beautiful hardware and brackets and one that can be built easily.
Here’s my solution!
I’m collaborating with Toja Grid on this project. This company has the hardware that you need to build the exact pergola of your dreams, along with the desired size, too. Toja Grid sells the kits, making it easy to build a pergola in just a day, if that long.
Our patio is quite large and the double pergola kit is the winning design. Here’s how easy it’s going to be to build: The wood and beams fit directly into the brackets and hardware. There’s some measuring involved but other than that, everything is paved for you. My plan is to stain the wood black. This way, the pergola will blend with our back porch and bring in that modern mix that I’m aiming for.
I’m excited to get going on this project and build a beautiful pergola. And I’m even more excited to actually get to enjoy and entertain our backyard patio, and provide shelter from the direct sunlight.
I’m going to write about and film video of the build and of the reveal, so stay tuned!! I’m so excited about this project!
Our Back Porch Reveal
Last summer, we completely madeover our back porch, and the design has proven to be an beautiful one! Check out our back porch makeover HERE!!
Uncle Chef says
Having spent many lovely days at your house, I’m very excited to see how this latest project comes out! I love the pergola idea – excited to see the final reveal!
Brooke Fedigan says
I’m excited to show you and for you to see it in person!
I cannot wait to see how this comes out. We are planning a porch and pergola as well. I need your expertise in my design my friend!
Brooke Fedigan says
I can’t wait either, Susan! So excited!