Welcome back to week 3 of our One Room Challenge backyard patio project!
If you’re just joining us, be sure to read the first two posts in this series:
As a reminder, the One Room Challenge (ORC) is a bi-annual event hosted by Linda from Calling it Home and Better Homes & Gardens where bloggers from all over complete a room makeover during a 6-8 week season and link them up to support each other along the way.
This season we’re creating a lovely outdoor oasis in our backyard!
As you may recall, years ago we renovated our back deck to accommodate a dining, living and grilling space.
It’s a lovely space for entertaining, but lacks the cozy, peaceful feeling of a relaxing spot in the midst of foliage.
So, we’ve decided to install a gravel patio and water feature next to the deck and that’s what this 8-post series is all about!
As a reminder, here’s what we started with:
Yup, that’s a large, unused area just dying to be transformed! 😉
And here’s the mood board I’ve put together to show you what I’ve got in mind for this gravel patio space:
Now, let’s take a step back and talk through what we want out of this space and how each item I selected for that design above gets us there!
Backyard Gravel Patio Design
To be honest, I didn’t really search Pinterest or look online for much inspiration when it came to designing this space.
This was mostly because we knew we had to do a gravel patio (because of the septic tank), we aren’t changing out very much of the landscaping and we’re reusing furniture we already had (remember this set from the deck?)
I guess when you know what you want, you know what to get! 😉
The few things I did seek out inspiration for were the water feature and potted plants.
As shown in my mood board above, we’ve decided to do a simple rock water fountain and some tall, grass-like plants in white pots of varying sizes.
A Place to Relax
One of the biggest things we wanted out of this patio was a place to escape the busyness of life and simply relax.
Almost every part of this design adds to the relaxing, including:
- Cozy spots to sit/lay
- A fireplace
- A water feature
- Lots of plants/foliage
A Private Spot
While our deck does have some privacy panels on the sides of it, it’s still in the middle of all the backyard action.
We were hoping for a place where we could get AWAY from all of that and gain some privacy.
Pieces of the design that create a feeling of privacy:
- Privacy panels in the fencing
- Tucking the patio inside an area where 3 sides are surrounded by tall foliage
A Stylish Retreat
In addition to making it relaxing and private, I really wanted to make this space stylish too.
This design gains style with:
- Potted plants
- A modern fireplace table
- Decor including throw pillows, a lantern and a garden stool
So, what do you think of my design? I’m so excited to see how it all comes together!!
Backyard Gravel Patio Progress
Let’s review again what “mini-projects” need to happen to bring about this transformation and what we’ve done so far:
Install privacy panels in the chain-link fence Remove 3″ of dirt to make room for the gravel and new landscaping Install walkway and patio borders
- Move and adjust irrigation lines
Install and compact the gravel
- Move a large tree from the middle of yard to the back corner of the patio
Plant new shrubs and flowers in surrounding bark beds
- Install rock water feature
- Install fresh, new bark nuggets
- Spray paint old patio furniture and
purchase new cushions
fire pit table, hammock, rug and decor
- Set up furniture and decor!
Everything with a strike through it is complete as of today.
Ready to see a few progress pics?
I’ll give you a bigger run-down of what we’ve done so far and what’s to come in next week’s post, but I figured we needed a sneak peek, right? 😉
Here’s a look at the privacy panels going into the fencing…
And here’s a peek at the patio after the gravel was installed!
Ok, that’s enough for today. Can’t give it all away!
But be sure to check back next week to get a much more detailed run-down of what we’ve done so far, a few decisions we’ve had to make, and how our initial design was adjusted as we worked through some issues…
See you next week!